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He definitely has a much more doggy odor than the Lab. She can have monthly baths (she's not an oily lab), but he stinks to high heaven only a couple days after bathing.
Is this a dude thing? An un-neutered thing? A puberty thing? I'd love to know.

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I think it's an "individual dog thing"....kinda like how some people, male and female have more body oder than others. Anal glands provide a lot of that doggie smell....next time you take him into the Vet, have them check his glands....

Also, different foods can affect their oder....higher fiber foods help them empty the anal glands

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Eli has the strongest doggy odor of any dog I've had beside the coonhound. It isn't terrible but there is a doggy odor in my bedroom where his bed is. It helps a lot to wash the bed once a week. He is a licker, his own paws and such, he drools when he chews on stuff and I think that is the smell. When hug him he doesn't seem to smell, his fur doesn't smell so really do think it is his slobber. LOL.
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Good tip about the fiber! And they're on a fish-based food right now. (Which makes for some world-class gas) That's going to change as soon as I switch them to Acana, so we shall see (and pray) if that makes any difference.
And glad to hear it's not just my dog!

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You are not alone. Bacchus has a funk that begins within a couple of days of a bath no matter what I bathe him in. He is an unneutered male. He is on Natural Balance Venison/Potato. I wash his bed weekly, his doggy coat weekly and brush him daily. It doesn't matter what......he stinks! I think he smells like a combo of dog and Fritos. My friend Sue thought he smelled like salmon. Either way.....he stinks! I know that's why my Dyson stinks. Anyone have any suggestions please??
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Wash the filter in your Dyson--I have to do it often. And let that sucker dry for about 2 days before you use it again.
Maybe it's a boy thing. Or, as posted previously, some dogs just staaaaank. Lucky us.
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The first thing I'd check on if a Doberman stinks and is an adult (neutered, spayed or intact) would be thyroid. If you have not had a thyroid panel done start there.

For Tanner I'd want to make sure that he is not having issues with anal glands (which will definitely make dogs stinky) and in puppies it often is because they have a low grade staph infection going. Look for tiny bump/pimples/scabs--particularly under the neck, on the chest, inside hind legs--skin that is reddish or pinkish is also an indicator.

I have mostly intact male Dobes and at worst what they might smell like is the dirt in the back yard--but that's primarily a summer problem when they like to go out and roll in areas that have gone bare and are dust bowls.

Dobes just aren't normally very smelly dogs. If they smell like dogs, fritos, fish within a few days of bathing I would be looking for the cause because I'd immediately think that something else is going on.
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The first thing I'd check on if a Doberman stinks and is an adult (neutered, spayed or intact) would be thyroid. If you have not had a thyroid panel done start there.

For Tanner I'd want to make sure that he is not having issues with anal glands (which will definitely make dogs stinky) and in puppies it often is because they have a low grade staph infection going. Look for tiny bump/pimples/scabs--particularly under the neck, on the chest, inside hind legs--skin that is reddish or pinkish is also an indicator.

I have mostly intact male Dobes and at worst what they might smell like is the dirt in the back yard--but that's primarily a summer problem when they like to go out and roll in areas that have gone bare and are dust bowls.

Dobes just aren't normally very smelly dogs. If they smell like dogs, fritos, fish within a few days of bathing I would be looking for the cause because I'd immediately think that something else is going on.

Awesome tips, thank you! Not a fishy smell, just a dog smell. I'll look him over for bumps. No red skin, so far. Thanks.

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Bella always smells so good. Even as a puppy I just loved the way she smelled.

Just thought I'd mention this so newbies won't get the wrong impression that Dobermans have a bad smell.

Really, it's one of the things I so love about her is the way she smells. I could eat her up!!!!

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Yeast infections of the skin can also cause quite a stink. Have you tried a cider vinegar and water rinse on him? Sometimes that can keep a stink at bay.

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I'm actually wondering about the staph. There are about 3 small/teeny/tiny/microscopic "pimples" under his neck, and a quick check of his vet records (sent to us by the former owner) revealed that he was given a small dose of antibiotic by her vet. He was really dirty when he came to us, and I know staph can be caused by stressful/unsanitary living. No other marks/pimples, and his coat is gorgeous, shiny, and soft. Possibly he had a staph infection that didn't completely clear up by the time we got him.
Guess I'll be making a call tomorrow...
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Stress, filth and inappropriate use of antibiotics can also lead to yeast problems--which seem to pop up in dogs that have lowered immune system function (it is a normal inhabitant of dog's skin; it is just not supposed to take over.)--oh yeah, forgot...yeast infections sometimes go along with thyroid problems too!

Hope you find a solution to stinky dog problems!

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I agree with others on checking thyroid, staph infections...

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When Chase was younger he had some bumps, a couple bald patches, and a definite odor. I'm a high school teacher, and he kind of reminded me of some of the lovely greasy young men I spend my days with I'd spend my day with a number of pleasant smelling adolescents and then get to come home to one! Over the past month to month and a half, the bumps and odor have all but disappeared. If all else checks out, maybe it is a guy thing and your boy will grow out of it!


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I have mostly intact male Dobes and at worst what they might smell like is the dirt in the back yard--but that's primarily a summer problem when they like to go out and roll in areas that have gone bare and are dust bowls.

Dobes just aren't normally very smelly dogs. If they smell like dogs, fritos, fish within a few days of bathing I would be looking for the cause because I'd immediately think that something else is going on.
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Switch foods. Better food = better coat = less smell. Acana, which you mentioned, is a good food and should help.

Bathing once a week is too often - it's hard on your dog's skin and coat. You're washing away the oils that protect his skin and coat with every bath.

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I've had 2 thyroid tests done......normal. He has been to a dermotologist for biopsy, skin scrapings, thyroid tests, allergy testing, fungal stains.........and whatever else was done. Nada. I keep in in my home so there is no chance he smells because he is dirty. And I bathe/brush him. He gets Natural Balance and NB treats. His bedding is clean. So at this point I don't know.

The Dyson is another matter. I posted in another thread but I'll say it here. I washed the filter, when that didn't work I replaced the filter, washed the cannister with mild soap and water per Dyson Customer Service recommendations, when that didn't work I used lysol, then went to bleach water. I soaked/sprayed and did everything I could think of. And still it was stinky. I soaked the hose in disinfectant overnight.....still stinky. I always made sure the hose and cannister were completely dry before reassembling them. I bought the Dyson new in September. The apartment I live in is brand new. I am the first tenant. So I don't know what to do there. I believe the Dyson is smelly because of my smelly dog. Which brings us back to the smelly dog issue.

I'm open to suggestions.
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You are not alone. Bacchus has a funk that begins within a couple of days of a bath no matter what I bathe him in. He is an unneutered male. He is on Natural Balance Venison/Potato. I wash his bed weekly, his doggy coat weekly and brush him daily. It doesn't matter what......he stinks! I think he smells like a combo of dog and Fritos. My friend Sue thought he smelled like salmon. Either way.....he stinks! I know that's why my Dyson stinks. Anyone have any suggestions please??
I find repeated, severe sinus infections to be quite helpful

Seriously, though, in addition to all the above suggestions (which sounds like you've tried) check the ears and the GI system.

If all checks out...Some things are just impossible mysteries--sorry, I know that's not helpful.

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I find repeated, severe sinus infections to be quite helpful

Seriously, though, in addition to all the above suggestions (which sounds like you've tried) check the ears and the GI system.

If all checks out...Some things are just impossible mysteries--sorry, I know that's not helpful.

The ears were one of the first things the doctors checked when he went to the hospital. Nothing. No inflammation, smell or discharge. Swabs were taken and ears examined. The ears were clean with only some slight wax. (normal) The swabs were sent off to be tested. Came back okay. I almost wish something would come back abnormal. At least I would have something to treat.

His stool samples are clean. No parasites. His gas (whew) was completely cleared up by switching to Natural Balance. He occasionally vomits when he eats grass. I put that in his medical history and the vets checked his bloodwork. and......normal. They even checked a urine sample. And yes, that was okay also. They were stumped. So I guess I just have a stinky, healthy dog.

Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate any help I can get.
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hmmm... it could just be an individual thing....but my entire male never smelt...but neutured Zillah...he's always had a funky smell....until now...when he's being treated for Liver disease. Have no idea what the correlation is though, but it's food for thought.
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I've had 2 thyroid tests done......normal. He has been to a dermotologist for biopsy, skin scrapings, thyroid tests, allergy testing, fungal stains.........and whatever else was done. Nada. I keep in in my home so there is no chance he smells because he is dirty. And I bathe/brush him. He gets Natural Balance and NB treats. His bedding is clean. So at this point I don't know.

The Dyson is another matter. I posted in another thread but I'll say it here. I washed the filter, when that didn't work I replaced the filter, washed the cannister with mild soap and water per Dyson Customer Service recommendations, when that didn't work I used lysol, then went to bleach water. I soaked/sprayed and did everything I could think of. And still it was stinky. I soaked the hose in disinfectant overnight.....still stinky. I always made sure the hose and cannister were completely dry before reassembling them. I bought the Dyson new in September. The apartment I live in is brand new. I am the first tenant. So I don't know what to do there. I believe the Dyson is smelly because of my smelly dog. Which brings us back to the smelly dog issue.

I'm open to suggestions.
With two dogs and three kids, my Dyson gets a workout!! And, yes, it seems to be always kinda smelly. I dump the cannister each time I vacuum and try to not let it sit in the closet full. I love that Dyson, because it really picks up everything, but it does kinda smell unless I wash the filter monthly. Which is a pain!! I just need to ditch my carpet and get solid floors. Now, where did I put that winning lotto ticket...

I'll get T-dawg to the vet for a little check up. Thanks for all the info and advice!

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The ears were one of the first things the doctors checked when he went to the hospital. Nothing. No inflammation, smell or discharge. Swabs were taken and ears examined. The ears were clean with only some slight wax. (normal) The swabs were sent off to be tested. Came back okay. I almost wish something would come back abnormal. At least I would have something to treat.

His stool samples are clean. No parasites. His gas (whew) was completely cleared up by switching to Natural Balance. He occasionally vomits when he eats grass. I put that in his medical history and the vets checked his bloodwork. and......normal. They even checked a urine sample. And yes, that was okay also. They were stumped. So I guess I just have a stinky, healthy dog.

Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate any help I can get.
God bless a stinky healthy dog!

Chances are you could possibly have a super sensitive sniffer yourself! Hera, Rocky and I hope for a healthy puppy!
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Both my girls have that good dog smell. They only get baths 2-3 times per year, or as needed - Tali is fond of rolling in some really disgusting mystery things she finds. She gets so happy to find really horrible smelling what have you's every where we go.

Other than that I just spray them with diluted ACV and wipe down a couple times per week. And in the summer they get sprayed daily with dluted ACV since it works as a natural mosquito repellent.




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With two dogs and three kids, my Dyson gets a workout!! And, yes, it seems to be always kinda smelly. I dump the cannister each time I vacuum and try to not let it sit in the closet full. I love that Dyson, because it really picks up everything, but it does kinda smell unless I wash the filter monthly. Which is a pain!! I just need to ditch my carpet and get solid floors. Now, where did I put that winning lotto ticket...

I'll get T-dawg to the vet for a little check up. Thanks for all the info and advice!
We had hardwood floors installed in our home in Illinois. I felt like I traded one problem for another. The floors had a satin finish and showed every paw print on them. I had Roombas to do the vaccuuming but had to damp mop every few days. I think it depends on how much you can live with....
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Everything checked out ok! I found the culprit on my own.
It was...
get this...
his puppy shampoo.

Avoderm puppy shampoo smells, rather conveniently, like wet dog.

While cleaning the shower, I decided to take a sniff just to see. PEWWEEEEE!! Never noticed while I was bathing him, cuz, you know, he smelled like wet dog. But one sniff of that shampoo and I knew I'd found his smell. Showed The Man when he got home and he agrees.

And, yes, I am blonde.

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