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01-14-2013 03:38 PM
Traveler's Mom I totally agree with this comment. My GSD stinks when he doesn't get totally dry. It's not yeasty, it's just strong doggy smell. We live in Florida and it's humid ;-) to say the least. He has a kiddie pool he lays in just about every day in the summer and he stays wet at the belly, hind quarters, and chest. He gets a bath every other week and then I blow off the excess water with a wet/dry vac. Put the vac hose in the exhaust port to turn it into a blower rather than a vacuum. It has some serious powerful blowing action and works well. After he's dry and I brush him out, I turn the vac back into a vacuum and he lets me vacuum him...and the floor, and the walls, and, well you can picture it.



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Well there is a slight difference in us and dogs, we smell because of sweat. Dogs don't sweat through their skin, their sweat glands are on their paw pads and they regulate temperature (The reason we sweat) by panting. Though even if you towel him off well, he could still have moisture under his coat that is building up between each bath and causing bacteria and yeast to grow therefore causing the doggy smell.

As for bathing your dog regularly, I don't blame you. Sweating or not, I don't like a dirty dog and after my dog has been running around with her friends and rolling in the dirt or swimming in a pond or whatever, she is no doubt dirty. My dogs get bathed every 1-2 weeks for this reason. My dogs don't have a dog smell to them though, even if I did (and have due to situations where I couldn't bathe them) go for much much longer between baths they still don't smell. I really think you've probably got an issue with him not getting dry enough. I also wipe Gretchen down with a baby wipe a lot, she has a bad habit of rolling in stinky stuff and getting into the fish carcasses after fishing trips. x.x
12-13-2012 12:23 AM
Shep's_Shepherd
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Yep. Did the professional groomer and he stays fresh longer. I think think I may need to invest in a dryer.

I' ll ask... Will my wife's hair dryer work though?

He really doesn't smell strong, just noticeable.


I tried the people hair dryer using the cool setting and it just doesn't have the juice of the pet dryers. Those pet dryers seem more equal to a leaf blower than that of a hair dryer! I go to PetCo's Unleashed and we're able to use a bathing stall for the wash, then after a brief towel dry, the professional blower is used to force any remaining water off the dog. The pet dryers are able to reach down to his undercoat for a through drying, all for 10 dollars. We do that once every three months at most. In between baths, we use a pet coat deodorizer spray. We try and limit the baths since it tends to strip his skin and coat of essential oils, which end up being counterproductive in the effort of keeping him clean.
12-12-2012 11:45 PM
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12-12-2012 11:19 PM
Freestep No, a regular human hair dryer will not work. A force dryer is much more powerful and does not have heat. A Metro or K9 dryer will set you back anywhere from $140-400 depending on how much power you want--get the best you can afford, and you will never regret it. I'm eyeing the k9III model as a backup dryer.

Here's a selection for you to peruse:

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12-12-2012 10:55 PM
yuricamp Yep. Did the professional groomer and he stays fresh longer. I think think I may need to invest in a dryer.

I' ll ask... Will my wife's hair dryer work though?

He really doesn't smell strong, just noticeable.
12-12-2012 08:17 PM
Scarlettsmom
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Try this--take your dog to a professional groomer. Make sure they have a force dryer--that is the key to getting the dog's coat bone-dry and clear of dead hair, skin flakes, dirt and debris. See if that doesn't make a difference in the "doggy" smell.

If it works, then you could invest in a force dryer of your own.

As a groomer, my clients always tell me that when I bathe their dogs, they stay clean and smell good far longer than when they bathe the dog at home.

We no longer bathe at home for this reason. I either take her to a groomer OR a DIY dog bath place WITH a force dryer. She can go months without a bath before she is really funky.
12-12-2012 07:59 PM
Freestep I don't notice much odor coming from my GSDs, either. Then again, I am so used to it that I probably *can't* smell mild cases of doggy odor. I can smell a cocker coming a mile away, though!

I want to say that a strong odor coming from a dog probably means that there's something wrong. But what's strong to you might just be normal mild "dog" smell to me... and there's nothing wrong with that smell, unpleasant as it may seem to some.
12-12-2012 07:43 PM
Angelina03
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Originally Posted by FlyAway View Post
My dogs don't smell, and I don't bath them unless they roll in something. The oils in their coat repel dirt.
Same here. Rocco doesn't smell unless he's gotten into something. I brush him regularly and always wipe his paws when he comes inside.
12-05-2012 11:38 AM
FlyAway My dogs don't smell, and I don't bath them unless they roll in something. The oils in their coat repel dirt.
12-05-2012 11:34 AM
Freestep I agree with the others, you probably aren't getting his coat thoroughly dry after bathing. Trust me, I know what it takes to dry a GSD coat, and toweling and walking won't cut it. You can probably get away with that in a hot, dry climate, but otherwise, that undercoat is so thick and dense, it traps water and holds it for a long time. This makes a warm, moist, dark environment perfect for yeast and bacteria to grow.

Try this--take your dog to a professional groomer. Make sure they have a force dryer--that is the key to getting the dog's coat bone-dry and clear of dead hair, skin flakes, dirt and debris. See if that doesn't make a difference in the "doggy" smell.

If it works, then you could invest in a force dryer of your own.

As a groomer, my clients always tell me that when I bathe their dogs, they stay clean and smell good far longer than when they bathe the dog at home.
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