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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.
Last edited by dobebug; 09-10-2019 at 11:22 AM.