My Jack Russell Terrier smells, even after a bath. We're talking destined-to-be-picked-on-by-the-classroom-bully stink. I bathe my dog every week and he still smells (although it's now a combination of "da funk" and lavender. Why does my dog stink after a bath? Is there a special stink-removing dog soap I should be using? It just keeps getting worse!
~Jake in Buffalo, New York
Oh, Jake…we feel for ya! Few things are as frustrating as persistent dog odors that just won't go away. Imagine how ol' "J.R." feels hanging out at the dog park with his friends!
Luckily, we have a bad news/good news situation. The cause of your freshly bathed dog's persistent smell is likely…wait for it…the bathing.
When we bathe (humans and dogs alike), we strip natural oils from our skins. Those constant baths you're giving your dog are removing natural oils from her skin and coat, which signals her glands to secrete even more oils, and those oils are magnets for dirt, grime, and odor-inducing bacteria.
There's a simple fix: Cut down on doggy baths.
Most dogs can get by with just a few baths a year. You might want to try a different dog shampoo, too. Look for gentler, more natural dog shampoos…something less harsh and less likely to strip the skin's oils away. Some pet owners favor oatmeal dog shampoos. Ask a groomer for a recommendation.
One last suggestion, and it's important:
Make sure you dry your dog after bath time. Wet fur attracts dirt and grime, just like oily skin. Drying your pup with The Absorber towel will help keep odors at bay.