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    Doggy cologne.... Do you use it? Are they generally safe? Side effects and reactions?

    So Zeus and Jake were outdoor dogs and cologne and the likes were useless (never actually even tried them) as the dogs enjoyed several daily dips in our dam.... Max is predominately an indoor dog but I'm finding THAT smell is starting to find its way into our home despite baths and weekly washing of toys, bed blankets, jumpers etc. Came home today and opened the front door and WHAM that dog smell hit me in the face like a football boot.... And whe have tiles, max is not allowed on carpeted areas (at least until I can trust him with not having toileting accidents). Now he was only bathed yesterday and his bedding and toys etc washed yesterday as well.

    I've never used colognes or scented shampoos, I use dermcare aloveen shampoo and conditioner but these smell great....for the first day then it does nothing to control the natural dog smell after that. Obviously I can't wash him everyday so what do other people with indoor dogs use to keep that doggy smell to a minimum? Max has already shown signs of skin sensitivity and I know that to some degree it will be trial and error but does anyone know of perhaps an all natural but long lasting product to help control the "dog definitely lives indoors" smell?

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    I use it for my dog Asha as she's an indoor dog and can smell quite doggy at times. She's bathed regularly but the cologne does really help cover up the dog smell. I use the Petway Aroma Care Cologne Coat Gloss.

    It is really strong at first but when it's settled it's great. It says it can be used on there bedding or added to there bath water for lasting fragrance round the house, I haven't tried either of those options just yet. It's perfectly safe to use, Asha managed to lick herself where I sprayed it the first time and didn't affect her at all apart from making her drool because it was bitter. Asha has semi sensitive skin as she can get dandruff at times but it doesn't affect her skin at all.

    The only other things we do to keep the house smelling non-doggy is wash her bedding and collars regularly.

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    Wouldn't it affect the dogs natural sense of smell...I wouldn't use it. Dogs have a smell with the exception of Dobermanns who don't smell even when wet... I had one. Mine are washed maybe once a year if dirty.
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    There is nothing i hate more than walking into someone's house and being hit by a wall of dog smell... Yuck!! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for dogs being inside, but gosh when guests have to go home and wash the dog smell out of their clothes after sitting on your furniture... yeah, no thanks!!

    I use dog cologne on all my grooming clients (the dogs, not the people ) as well as my own dogs.

    The one I use is PurePets Candycain Spritzer... which smells nothing like candycains... not in my opinion anyway

    Here's their website Purepets Natural Pet Products

    They don't actually have the candycain one listed on their website for some reason.... weird...

    You can get the candycain one here though...

    Purepets Candy Cane Spritzer 750ml - purepets spritzers - magictails - grooming products - Clipper World

    Although I did just notice the price, yeah thats a bit pricy... I kind of forgot to look at the price last time I ordered it... although I may have gotten it cheaper because I own a business.

    If that's not your cup of tea, there are heaps of different ones out there, its really just trial and error. I remember once Joseph Lyddy gave me some products to test. I liked their cologne, however it isn't as long lasting as the purepets one.

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    I've got some "natural" insect repellent that smells a lot like rosemary - I like the smell, and so do insects ie it's not much of a repellent).

    Dog not so keen. Any hint of perfume like that and she has to cover it up with scent of magpie poo or whatever else she can find in the garden.

    I think she doesn't mind me using my shampoo (johnsons baby shampoo) on her, first because if I get it in her eyes - it doesn't sting and second - cos it smells like me and I suspect dogs like to smell like their family / pack.

    Tho if I let her go after bathing before I've dried her - she goes for drying herself in dirt - and becomes a red-brown dog when she was a black and white one.

    She's never had that doggy smell tho - doesn't even get that lovely wet dog smell that some dogs get. I don't know why. It could be regular beach time with being hosed off after or it could be she's just a Teflon dog. Dirt doesn't really stick to her for long - not like my brother's dog.

    Mind you my brother's dog lives on the crappiest dog food - supermarket kibble and mine mostly lives on what I make for her with a bit of black hawk on the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    There is nothing i hate more than walking into someone's house and being hit by a wall of dog smell... Yuck!! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for dogs being inside, but gosh when guests have to go home and wash the dog smell out of their clothes after sitting on your furniture... yeah, no thanks!!
    This is my worry. Although Max doesn't get on our couches unless it's the couch in the house he is allowed to come up on me for cuddles but this one is leather and doesn't hold any smells like our fabric couches would if he was allowed on them. But I will always remember growing up as a kid and I would go and stay with my god parents at Toowoomba. They had a blue healer and a King Charles who lived inside. Their house smelt soooooo bad I used to come home and make mum wash all my bedding, teddies etc. I HATED sleeping in a house that smelled like I was sleeping in a kennel. Ever since Iv had this bug about my house smelling like dogs. It's been a wet week here on the GC so I know that has contributed to the doggy smell and will be enhancing it but even so.... If I can smell it, and I live here, then anyone coming in will definitely notice it, not an impression I'm comfortable with leaving on my guests!

    My sister has a malamute x husky and she lives in a fully carpeted apartment. Surprisingly Panda never really has a smell and she can race up and give you a great big smooch right out of the surf and still not anything to right home about. But my laundry smells like wet dog for tree days after Max has had a bath lol

    Thanks for the links and other suggestions too I appreciate it. I will look into the products suggested. Thanks again guys.

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    Ask your sister what she feeds her dog... tho I think there's nothing wrong with what you feed - but there might be a connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Ask your sister what she feeds her dog... tho I think there's nothing wrong with what you feed - but there might be a connection.
    Panda is fed pretty much the same as max except Advance kibble in place of royal canin and she also gets more table scraps then Max. I don't think she feeds as much raw meat tho due to living in an apartment and with only a balcony for feeding/cleaning up and my sister also gives a fair bit of tuna and fish to Panda which I have tried giving to max but he won't touch it.
    Panda is a funny girl. She is 6yo. She has this amazing way of cleaning that glorious coat of hers. You can take panda to the beach or down to the river and we can leave with her looking like the "swamp thing" and then after she has dried she is back to being pristine without anything except a hose down... Tina (my sister) does take her to a professional groomer once a month and usually only washes her once herself in between visits. It's like her coat is self cleaning. You can always tell when panda has been having fun at the beach because wherever she has laid when she gets home leaves this perfect ring of sand and grit once she get up again. My younger brother has Pandas brother from the same litter, Boof is the same, indoor dog living on carpet and couches and he never smells either. Boof doesn't go to the groomer only has a hydro dog service come to bath him once a week. I'm not sure what Boof's diet is but knowing my brother it's probably all home cooked.

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    Here is panda and max tired out after a long walk and romp through the park. Notice Pandas feet in this photo... By the time she left they were perfectly white again and we didn't bath her or anything. The dirt just seems to fall off of her some how....

    The other thing probably worth a mention is that Panda doesn't have a bed, she sleeps on Tina's leather couch or in her bed so there is no "panda blankets" or anything yet neither the couch or my sisters bed ever smells like dog...

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    Healthy pups shouldn’t smell at all. My 2 don’t and it is not just me saying that. Putting perfumes and the like on a pup is just trying to mask a problem and not looking at ways to sort it out.

    If they do smell - it is more likely what you are feeding them and/or you are bathing them too often. Always check their teeth, ears and bottoms - to try and work out where the smell is coming from.

    My 2 get washed maybe once per year – if that. But if they are prone to applying particular gross ‘perfume’ on themselves by rolling in something ripe – then they get a bath !

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