How to keep your house from smelling like dog?

I bathe my very furry dog once a week and I am just afraid that my home will start smelling like dog soon. We just got him 2 weeks ago, so I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I would like to keep it that way. I walked in my house the other day, and was hit with dog smell. Does anyone recommend any shampoos or cologne brands for dogs? I am ready to rip out all my rugs and put vinyl down. Any good tips on keeping your home from smelling like a dog?

how to keep your house from smelling like dog

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The most important thing is to potty train the animals, which I assume is already done. Second the animals should be bathed on a semi-regular basis. At least enough so that the animals doesn’t smell. If the animals still smells it is probably because of glands they has in their anal area. If you are really close to your dogs you can do it yourself, but the easier choice is to have them bathed at the the vet or another place where they can be washed, whenever this becomes a problem, but be sure to ask them to do it. Otherwise they may forget. febreeze wouldn’t hurt either.

You should always dry their feet of it is wet outside, and wash the feet if it is really muddy outside.

Firstly, you’re bathing your dog too much. If you brush him daily, especially outside, that will mitigate any dog smell. You really shouldn’t bathe a dog more than once a month, if that. We only bathe ours if they’re particularly muddy or stinky. Secondly, as long as you clean and vacuum your house regularly you will not have a problem. I have 9 dogs and while I am a Febreze advocate, I also advise just keeping a window or two open so air can circulate. My house does not smell like dogs at all.

Giving your dog the best diet possible will keep him from smelling. I gotta admit, your comment about the smegma made me throw up a little in my mouth. you should be cleaning that with a warm, wet towel- or it WILL smell.

when you sweep your floors, sprinkle down a little baby powder first. it will help to lift hair and dirt, and will make your floor smell a lot better between washings. if he’s urinating on his paws, you can teach him to stand up in the bathroom at the sink to have his feet washed when you bring him in.

I don’t recommend any particular shampoo, because i have APBT and Bandogges, so the only time they get bathed is when they play in something nasty, or get really muddy, and then it’s an emergency, so i usually use my Dr. Bronner’s Almond oil soap (that i use on myself). it’s safe and natural, and works pretty well ( just follow the instructions all over the bottle: “Dilute, dilute, dilute!!”) the rest of the time i just brush them down and wipe them with a damp towel to remove dust and extra fur.

I have 4 boxers and very rarely does it stink of dog the key

1 – i have laminate flooring and tiles mop twice daily with an odour neutraliser like zoflora

2 – have windows open every day for at least an hour

3 – plug in febreeze and/spray febreeze

4 – Washing beds regularly

But the truth is if you have carpet its very hard to stop the smell as hairs mould into the carpet and regulat carpet cleans are needed. Any accidents need tobe thoroughly cleaned straight away and maybe a full clean once your puppy is potty trained i always find simple warm water and soap a good way if my dogs ever go upstairs on the carpet!!!


The “dog smell” is because you have dogs. You’re going to have the smell regardless. I’ve found that heavily scented candles placed near ‘dog spots’ [the bed, the door, your room, crates, etc] work to cover it up. I also light a candle every two hours to make sure that we don’t have the dog smell lingering.

Bathe your dogs regularly, use cleaner on the spots that they have accidents, wash bedding and blankets every week [both hygenic and a good way to eliminate smells].

I steam clean once a week along with daily vacuuming. When I vacuum I sprinkle down some baking soda half an hour in advance and it helps to get rid of any doggy smells in the carpets.

My guys also have scented collars that they wear when we expect company over. We soak their “company collars” [nylon, water proof] in a deodorizing agent [febreeze, liquid candle, etc] for a few minutes and put them on before people come over. It makes them, and anything they walk around, smell good.

Its a lot to go through, but its worth it. I ask my non-dog owning friends every once in a while if they can tell we have a dog and the answer is usually no.

11 Tips How to Manage Pet Odors

1. Keep Your Home Clean. Let’s start with the obvious — cleaning your home on a regular basis is a must if you want to get rid of unwanted pet odors. Vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and washing fabrics are a few of the most important tasks that you must frequently complete if you’re going to have any hope of competing with Eau de Fido.

2. Keep Your Pet Clean, Too. Another must is to frequently clean and groom your pet — from baths to brushing, keeping your furry friend fresh will go a long way in keeping your home smelling likewise. Even little things like nail clipping and tooth brushing (if your pet will allow it) can have a big impact. If you have a particularly difficult candidate, a grooming service may be the way to go.

3. And Don’t Forget to Clean Your Pet’s Stuff. Not only does your pet need to be kept in tip top shape, all of its accessories need to be maintained as well. Clean your animal’s bedding, toys, dishes, cage, and litter box on a weekly basis.

4. Be Smart About the Litter Box. Cat litter is a biggie, so here are a few tips where the box is concerned:

It may sound crazy, but if you have the space it’s recommended that you have at least one litter box per cat.
Litter box selection is key — be sure that you choose a little box that is large enough that your cat doesn’t accidentally go outside of the box, and preferably choose one with a cover and filter to help contain any odors.
Find the right litter for you and your pet(s) — try a few different brands until you find one that works best at keeping the smell under control.

Mix baking soda into your cat’s litter as an added defense against odor.

Scoop the litter box at least once daily, but the more frequently the better. If this isn’t possible, consider one that automatically does the work for you (you just have to remember to empty it at least once a day.)

Location, location, location — make sure you place the litter box in the most removed and/or contained spot in the house, whether that be the basement, bathroom, or even a closet.

5. Air Out Your House. Even in the colder months, opening windows and doors once a week for even ten minutes can make a huge difference in your home’s air quality.

6. De-Odorize Floors. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets a few hours before vacuuming them to help absorb any trapped odors, or better yet, replace wall-to-wall carpeting with a harder surface like wood, laminate, or tile.

7. If You Can’t Beat It, Cover It Up. Use air neutralizers and masking scents like cleverly placed dryer sheets, carpet fresheners, scented candles, plug-in air fresheners, and sprays.

8. Change Your Filters. Install a HEPA air filtration system and replace any filters in your home on a regular basis. Additionally, be sure that the air ducts are periodically cleaned.

9. Take Care of Your Furniture. Don’t allow pets on your furniture, or, if you must, choose your furniture wisely — leather is more pet friendly than fabric, metal is more durable and easier to clean than wood. If your pet has a favorite place to repose, a well-placed throw is much easier to clean than a sofa cushion.

10. Choose Rugs Wisely. Pick rugs that are low pile, easy to clean (like the indoor-outdoor variety), or easy to replace like FLOR tiles.

11. Seal It Up. If all else fails, try sealing your floors and walls. Even priming and painting can go a long way as well. If you’ve done all of this and still have a strong pet odor lingering in your home, it may be time to call the professionals.

12. Vacuum, vacuum, and then vacuum some more. After dealing with your hardwoods, linoleum, and tile floors, it is time to turn your attention to your carpets.

Your carpets hold an incredible amount of hair, dust and dander, so you’ll want to vacuum every square inch of carpet in your home, including any area rugs (ideally, you’ll want to be using short pile, dog-friendly rugs that that are easy to vacuum).Once you’re done with the carpets, vacuum all of your furniture (be sure to get all of the cracks and crevices) and curtains with the appropriate attachments.

While just about any vacuum will help collect some of the smelly things hiding in your carpet, you may want to consider purchasing a vacuum specifically designed for homes with pets. We reviewed some of the best ones a while back, so be sure to check out our recommendations for best pet handheld vacuums if you are in the market for a new model.

Always empty the canister (if present) after vacuuming your home and be sure to change or clean out the air filters frequently to keep it operating at peak efficiency.

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We got a new puppy a week ago. We’ve been pretty good about getting her outside to potty, but she has had a couple of “accidents” I can already smell that the house is getting that “dog owner” smell. We also have two inside cats, but I know what to do to handle their stink, lol. What do I do to keep the house smelling presentable?

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My cat has this habit of marking the carpet where he’s thrown up. And when I use an enzymatic cleaner (I have mainly tried Nature’s Miracle and a vinegar mixture) he goes right back to that spot and pees there to cover the cleaner smell. He hates it! I’ve found that if I catch the vomit spot before he really gets to it and scrub the carpet with just some water and maybe a little bit of soap, he usually leaves it alone. Otherwise, all bets are off. The only way to keep him from going back to a spot he’s marked is to lay down either a rug to cover it or some sheets of aluminum foil over the spot. And trust me, having patches of aluminum foil scattered around the apartment is obviously less than idea. But nothing else seems to work. I seriously have dreams of having my own place someday where I can install some nice heavy duty laminate floor or something. Anything but carpet.

The very best odor remover for kittie & dog odors is something our vet turned us onto, called KOE. It’s a concentrate that you mix with water, and then mop with or spot treat carpet/laundry. (It smells like a *really* strong Pinesol when wet, so have a window open while you’re cleaning. The smell goes away, along with the pet smell, after it’s dry.) I’ve used it on hardwood and tile, and yucky dog bed laundry and it works way better than even the enzyme cleaners. It’s the only thing that’s made living with a FLUTD cat possible. We buy it on Amazon; I’ve never seen it in any local stores. Our vet said it was something they bought through a medical distributor, so I think that’s why it’s not widely known.

My solution for my cat’s litter box in our tiny apartment: jumbo disposable litter box (natures miracle) + silica crystal litter (dr elseys “long hair”, despite my cat having the sleekest of short fur) + a plastic roof/cover. Once a month the entire box and litter is tossed and the roof washed with vinegar. There is literally no smell whatsoever, even to my incredibly sensitive-nosed mother. The one downside is the litter still gets scattered and the pieces are pretty sharp. I’ve also used and liked everclean multi-cat clumping, but since the litter box is in the bathroom the clay turned to cement on the floor. It has a light fresh scent that is, in my opinion, much better than the smell if clay, and way better than the disgusting fake floral smell of most scented litters.