I’ve studied dogs my entire life, even carried around a dog breed book when I was in elementary school so I could memorize all of the dog breeds in the world.
But, I was clueless about how to keep your dog smelling good.
Probably because I didn’t actually adopt a dog until 15 years later.
Naturally, I learned by jumping in head first into a literal pile of poo.
Especially when my dog ate the soap meant to cleanse him and pooped it out on the carpet in my rented apartment.
This post is all about how to keep your dog smelling good.
1. Nootie Japanese Waterless Shampoo Wipes
If we’re being perfectly honest, I have an unhealthy and albeit unnatural amount of these waterless shampoo wipes.
I’ve purchased other brands before, but nothing cleanses my fur kids nearly as well with such a fresh scent as Nootie.
Some have critiqued the Cherry Blossom scent to be overly powerful which can be problematic if your dog has a sensitive snout.
Fortunately, my dogs don’t mind the almost daily wipedown.
I usually purchase these from Chewy, but when they were briefly sold out during the pandemic, I panicked thinking they were being discontinued, and signed up for a subscribe and save option on Amazon and ended up with a hoarder’s amount of bottles.
But, at the time, we hadn’t adopted our Golden Retriever, Takoda who is four times the size of Avera so my storage has resumed to normal.
2. TropiClean Deep Cleansing Waterless Shampoo for Dogs
As much as I absolutely adore my obsession with the Nootie wipes, sometimes dirt finds a way to mattify itself on my dogs’ paws.
My Golden Retriever, Takoda always managed to find a new spot of mystery mud and cakes it on it the crevices of his paws.
And sometimes I need a deeper clean than the wipes can provide. Enter: TropiClean.
This waterless shampoo is a LIFESAVER, especially if you have pups that love to find messes like my Takoda.
This week’s example: Takoda managed to poop on his bum fur (which he had never done before), and it quickly started to cake.
It was nearly 10:00 pm, and I didn’t have time to bathe him since it was so late out. But, I also couldn’t schedule with the vet.
Admittedly, I trimmed a few of his bum hairs but then used this to cleanse the rest of his nether regions.
And not only was he free of poo, but he was also clean and smelled amazing.
BONUS: it is also fast drying!
3. Pet MD – Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes – Otic Cleanser for Dogs
I’m no stranger to ear infections with my dogs.
My first dog, Cody was a Pit/Boxer mix and my Golden Retriever, Takoda are oddly similar in many ways.
The main similarity is allergies, followed by several ear infections.
After many failed attempts of prescribed medications with Cody, I knew I had to master the constant infections with Takoda.
After an allergy test and major diet change, I desperately needed to shop for better than store-bought ear wipes.
When I was a dog-sitter for Rover during the pandemic, one of the dog moms I sat for recommended these wipes.
These grab-and-go wipes were made by veterinarians, but they’re gentle enough to use for daily cleansing.
I’ve been using them for the past two years, and they are an amazing addition to keeping my dogs smelling fresh.
4. Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator Spray
I was privileged enough that I was introduced to Angry Orange through sponsorship for my YouTube channel a few years ago.
And for the past few years, I have been purchasing and repurchasing the Citrus Deodorizer for our home.
Of course, this product is applied to your furniture, tables, carpet, etc, and not your fur kids (just to be clear).
If you love the smell of fresh orange, you will love this deodorizer.
What I love most about Angry Orange is that it’s not just a deodorizer, it’s also a cleaning product.
If you have light [or fresh] stains in the house, you can spray enough to lightly soak in, and then dab away.
Today, I mainly use Angry Orange to lightly spritz our furniture, but I love spritzing this in our sunroom with the windows open and fresh air blowing the scent through our house.
It is definitely a staple if you’re struggling with how to keep your dogs smelling good between baths!
5. EQyss Grooming Products Avocado Mist
Assuming we are still being honest, I had no idea this product was initially intended for horses.
But it makes SO much sense! When I first began my YouTube channel, I actually tested out a DIY hair growth hack using EQyss’s MegaTek on myself.
And to my surprise (and my viewers), it worked well!
What didn’t come as a shock was how well the Avocado Mist also worked for Takoda.
So, if you have a long-haired dog breed that needs to be frequently brushed, you’ll want several options to choose from.
EQyss will be your best friend, and it will have your fur kid smelling amazing between baths!
This post was all about how to keep your dogs smelling good.
Hopefully, this post was helpful in clearing the air as to how to keep your dog smelling good between baths.
In a one-bedroom apartment with a small dog when I worked 16-hr retail days, I understand a thing or two about struggling to stay clean.
If you try any or all of these products, please let me know if any worked for you and what you would suggest for me to try.
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