Reasons Why Your Dog Smells

Does your dog smell? You aren’t alone! It’s a top complaint at nearly any pet clinic. However, if you want to cut back on bad canine odors, you first have to understand why your furry friend smells in the first place.

Here are a few common reasons why your dog smells.

He gets dirty outside

The first thing that comes to mind when a dog smells is how much time he’s spent outside. Canines can certainly develop quite a funk when they’re outdoors!

That’s because dogs don’t mind getting dirty, and there’s no better place to do it than outside. Canines can roll around in the dirt or mud, dig in the sand, and even get into an altercation with another, smellier animal, like a skunk.

If your dog goes outside, he’s going to end up smelling. That’s just the way it is. However, if you know that your pet likes to roll around in the mud, it would be a good idea to keep him inside just after it rains.

He gets dirty inside

Your dog isn’t likely to get dirty inside, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! As a matter of fact, many pups manage to get dirty when you leave them unattended for long periods of time.

While you’re gone at work, your dog might get himself into a bit of trouble by knocking over the garbage can. Playing around in all that debris is likely to make him smelly. If you have a cat, your pooch might end up spending some time in the litter box.

If you want to keep your dog out of trouble while you’re gone, which means preventing him from getting smelly, consider kennel training him.

His natural oils

No matter what you do, your dog will always smell a little funky. That’s because canines have natural oils on their skin, just like we do.

Your dog’s natural oils are a bit smellier than ours. After all, smell is how most canines communicate with each other. However, your pet is also covered in hair. All that fur can soak up that oil, making him smell even worse.

The only solution is to give your dog a bath every once in a while! To learn more about why your pooch smells, schedule an appointment with your local pet clinic.


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