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Smelly dogs.. pitdobie and pitbull

I have 2 dogs and they always have a dog smell that ive probably just gotten used to. My parents always let me know they smell which makes me wonder if guests dont smell it as well. The pitdobie deja will be 6 in February she has grain allergies but probably smells pretty good for a week after a bath before she smells like a dog again. Theo the pit will be 2 this month and he smells good for a day or 2 after before he starts smelling like dog again. They sleep with me so if im giving bathes i make sure to wash the bedding. I have a wax melter as well. Probably wash bedding once a week unless i know im having company then sometimes it happens more than once that week. Have hardwood everywhere except my kitchen. was wondering if you guys had any tips for in between bathes or a shampoo that would maybe last a bit longer thank you ♡
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I have 2 dogs and they always have a dog smell that ive probably just gotten used to. My parents always let me know they smell which makes me wonder if guests dont smell it as well. The pitdobie deja will be 6 in February she has grain allergies but probably smells pretty good for a week after a bath before she smells like a dog again. Theo the pit will be 2 this month and he smells good for a day or 2 after before he starts smelling like dog again. They sleep with me so if im giving bathes i make sure to wash the bedding. I have a wax melter as well. Probably wash bedding once a week unless i know im having company then sometimes it happens more than once that week. Have hardwood everywhere except my kitchen. was wondering if you guys had any tips for in between bathes or a shampoo that would maybe last a bit longer thank you ♡
Earth bath makes cleaning wipes , I have never used them , but have uses there’s for cleaning our Dobers ears and they work well ,

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1 part vinegar ......3 parts water ...........
Best neutralizer/astringent ever IMO ..........will smell like a salad for a few minutes...but the that scent dis-a-pates..........
I use 1 gallon milk to make my solution in........but....you can also use a spritzer bottle when company is heading your way for a quick wipe down.......
Best astringent ever .....good for alot of different skin conditions.......recommended by Hoss's dermatologist several years ago........
Same mix is also good for Hoss mosquito control.......quick spritz......and the flying bugs leave him alone for a little while.........
Oh...I use white vinegar ...as it is distilled.......it is acidic so..... make sure to dilute with water..........then wipe down....no need to rinse off........
Ahhhh.......then a breath of freshness!!!!! Enjoy....

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Neither dobes or pits should have a dog smell. It could be an underlying medical issue like a bacterial skin infection or a poor diet. What are you feeding?
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I agree with GK - my dogs don't smell unless they've been swimming in the pond or something. I think dogs that have a food that works for them don't get smelly.

I've used the Earth Bath wipes for my dogs when they do happen to get something on them that needs wiping down.


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McCoy has never been bathed in his 5 years. Winter rains and a wipe down. If he gets a bit itchy (minor seasonal stuff) I have a spray bottle with aloe, lidocaine and water. If he gets dirty... Quick hose down and dried with a cotton towel.

Does he smell? Yes... like a healthy dog. I like his smell. I am sure that he thinks that I smell... Like a human. Pretty sure that he likes my smell.

When i am walking him, I get a lot of comments. One of the most common is on the quality of his coat. All positive.

I am not suggesting that Dobermans should never be bathed. But it is what has worked for me.

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If you are really bathing your dogs once a week that might account for the smell--especially if you routinely scrub them--or use one of those nubby pads to rub on them.

Pits, Dobes and those crosses are single coated dogs without an undercoat--scrubbing at their skin with your nails or any of the things that are sold "To get your dog super clean" should really not be used on single coated dogs and scrubbing against the lay of the hair can and often does irritate the hair follicles enough to cause damage and which will end up smelling.

Use a very mild shampoo. Apply with a sponge or wash cloth a thinned down mixture of shampoo and water--apply with the lay of the hair--DON'T SCRUB--when you rinse. take more time to thoroughly rinse the coat, any shampoo left on the dog can cause irritation and for the final rinse use the vinegar and water mix that Lady Di describes as a leave in--they only smell like a salad until they dry but it's very good for dog skin.

AND when bathing use very cool (tepid mans that it should feel cold on your skin) to cold water--dog skin doesn't like warm to hot water and it too can irritate follicles and cause infections which will cause smelliness.

You can make up a batch of the vinegar (and I use a weaker mixture--a couple of cups to a gallon of water) and water--and keep it in a spray bottle--works well on minor irritations of the skin and will cut the "doggy" odor without bathing with shampoo.

While my dogs are showing they get bathed before every show or show circuit but when they are no longer in the show ring they get bathed maybe a couple of times a year.

I suspect part of the odor is occurring because your dogs are getting bathed too often and it's acts as an irritant on their skin.

Good luck...

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I feed my dogs good food so that isnt the problem. My mom had a lab who never smelt and tward his last few years we didnt bathe him much at all because it upset him i think hurt his legs to stand in the bath. They fed him ole roy and dog chow his whole life. Deja has a grain allergy so i have to stick to pretty good brands to insure she wont get ear infections 4 health at low end when i can afford natures recipe i go for it. They do get table scraps sometimes dont know if that effects anything.
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If you are really bathing your dogs once a week that might account for the smell--especially if you routinely scrub them--or use one of those nubby pads to rub on them.

Pits, Dobes and those crosses are single coated dogs without an undercoat--scrubbing at their skin with your nails or any of the things that are sold "To get your dog super clean" should really not be used on single coated dogs and scrubbing against the lay of the hair can and often does irritate the hair follicles enough to cause damage and which will end up smelling.

Use a very mild shampoo. Apply with a sponge or wash cloth a thinned down mixture of shampoo and water--apply with the lay of the hair--DON'T SCRUB--when you rinse. take more time to thoroughly rinse the coat, any shampoo left on the dog can cause irritation and for the final rinse use the vinegar and water mix that Lady Di describes as a leave in--they only smell like a salad until they dry but it's very good for dog skin.

AND when bathing use very cool (tepid mans that it should feel cold on your skin) to cold water--dog skin doesn't like warm to hot water and it too can irritate follicles and cause infections which will cause smelliness.

You can make up a batch of the vinegar (and I use a weaker mixture--a couple of cups to a gallon of water) and water--and keep it in a spray bottle--works well on minor irritations of the skin and will cut the "doggy" odor without bathing with shampoo.

While my dogs are showing they get bathed before every show or show circuit but when they are no longer in the show ring they get bathed maybe a couple of times a year.

I suspect part of the odor is occurring because your dogs are getting bathed too often and it's acts as an irritant on their skin.

Good luck...

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Some of this is quite helpful thank you probably bathe them once every 2 to 3 months unless they get into something happens more often with the pit than the 6yr old pitdobie lol. I dont use tools i just message it in give it time to soak then rinse well i typically tap them dry with a towel let them air dry. Def going to try the vinegar mixture thank you everyone for your help thus far 🙂
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A lot of the sporting dogs that are in water all the time have a tendency to get yeast infections. And they can smell like dirty, infected ears or a pyometra if you are familiar with those. And the smell will permeate into carpet or cloth furniture. Or your hands if you pet the dog. Ketohex shampoo (vet) will sometimes clean this yeast problem up. I have had good results with it on the dogs I groom that have this horrible smell. I don't like the cleaning properties of it but I bathe 1st with my regular shampoo to get them clean and then bathe again with the ketohex. I am a professional groomer and I have never used the vinegar solution on a dog so can't say that it works or not. My friend that field trials her goldens have this problem and she uses the vinegar solution but her dogs still stink and her house just smells horrible.
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