Having a Dog Doesn`t Mean Your Home Should Smell Like One
If you are a dog-owner, you are probably aware of that ‘charming’ dog smell that lingers in your home. However, this slight inconvenience is not an obstacle that will make us stop giving your pup all the cuddles and love that he or she deserves. However, something must be done in order to deal with this issue. Even if you think that your home doesn`t smell like a dog, it probably does – it`s just your nose that is used to the specific scent and chooses to ignore it. In this article, you will learn why dogs are smelly, how to eliminate the existing odour and tips on preventing it in the future (or at least, reducing it as much as possible).
- Let`s start with an explanation why do dogs smell? It`s a funny fact that the term seems to be used only for these four-legged pets. Every animal does smell, dogs just have specific parts of their body that produce greater odours. Areas such as their noses, ears and paw pads smell. But this is totally normal – a healthy dog smells because of three main reasons. The first one is that, just like people, your furry friend sweats. When dogs are hot, they sweat but only in areas that are not covered by fur. This means that the largest areas that are odorous are the paw pads. Ain`t it funny that your dog has smelly feet? How does this issue affect your home? Everywhere your pup goes and touches with its feet will potentially become smelly – floors, sofas, beds, etc.
- Another reason why man’s best friend produces smell is because of waxy ears. Similar to our ears, dogs` ones are filled with sebaceous glands that produce wax. The problem comes because they produce very high levels and provide the perfect environment for different microorganisms to breed. They are safe for your dog and they do not present any hazard for him but they may smell bad. The odour is usually yeasty – if you notice that smell, make sure to clean your dog’s ears with a cotton ball and a suitable non-toxic product. Make sure you do this often as failing to clean your pet’s ears may cause some health issues.
- The third reason and probably the most widespread one is that behind the ‘dog smell’ is the scent-marking. You are in a big disbelief if you think that dogs mark their territory when they pee. In order to inform the other dogs for their presence, they are constantly producing strong odours. You will recognise the scent-marking smell as it is the ‘classic’ dog smell. The bad news is that it can be easily absorbed into your soft furnishing.
- Now, let`s get on point – how to eliminate dog odours? Start by taking your furniture apart. If your chairs and sofa have removable cushion covers and slipcovers, wash them in the washing machine. Vacuum as much as you can from the crevices of the furniture. For the upholstered part of the furnishing use rubber gloves. Dampen them slightly and they will easily collect pet`s hair. Spray with diluted white vinegar. For better results, we recommend you booking professional upholstery cleaning occasionally. When cleaning blankets and linens, soak them in warm water with baking soda and lavender essential oil or tea tree oil. The oil will kill some of the bacteria that cause the odour but use it wisely as it may irritate your pet.
- The next area you should tackle is your carpet. Your dog probably loves snuggling on the carpet and this inevitably has its consequences. Smelly carpets and hair flying everywhere are far from pleasing. The advice we heard from your local carpet cleaners is to spread baking soda liberally on the carpet and let it sit overnight. Vacuum it thoroughly in the morning and spray with diluted white vinegar. It`s very important not to use any ammonia as its smell may encourage your dog to mark the area.
- Now that you now how to clean your interior, you should make sure your dog is clean. Wash your pup properly. If he has long fur, brush it on a daily basis and make sure that there are no germs tangled in it. Use an appropriate dog shampoo – some dogs have more sensitive skin than others so make sure you have that in mind, too. The most important part is to rinse your dog properly. If there is any shampoo residue, it will cause itches and the dog`s skin will produce excess oil. If your dog`s breath smells, wash their teeth once a day or give them special treats that help eliminate tartar which may be the reason behind the bad breath.
See? It`s not that hard to fight the smelly fur of your dog! You probably already have these items on hand – just make sure you do that regularly and you can enjoy the company of your dog without the smelly consequences!