Stinky Dogs: How Can You Get Rid of the Smell?

Shannon Moore, NCMG Espree Animal Products, Grooming Education Director, Southlake, TX


The best way to get rid of the odor from a stinky dog is a good old-fashioned bath! However, if you are like most people, you may find that more than just a few days go by before you can actually give your dog a bath.  Here are some ways to keep your dog smelling fresh and looking their best in between bath days:

1. Try using Espree Wipes as a way to freshen up the coat, remove dirt, food stains, and odor from your pet in between baths.

2. A great interim is the waterless bath.  When there is no time for a full bath, waterless baths are quick and easy.  Use between baths to clean bathroom mishaps and accidents, remove excess oil, dirt, odor, and stains.  Lightly mist over the coat and towel dry.  It’s that easy to keep your pet looking fresh and odor free.

3. Espree  Oatmeal Baking Soda Spray can help manage the odor between baths as well.  The spray is infused with baking soda and oatmeal to help provide relief to itchy skin while eliminating odor molecules.  This spray can be used before or after a good old-fashioned bath to help eliminate that “doggy smell” in addition, to freshening up your pet in between baths.

4. We have the perfect solution for those tough odors that seem to be impossible to conquer.  Espree Extreme Odor Eliminating Spray will naturally neutralize the odor removing the smell, even from skunks.  The proprietary blend contains Aloe Vera, Alum, and our Secret Agent 20 has the capability of eliminating the odor like the smell was never there.

Wash Out Those Mixing Bottles

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education Espree Animal Products Southlake, TX


As groomers, we take so many precautions to ensure the safety and well- being of our clients from salon safety procedures, using a variety of fabulous products, state of the art equipment, providing a clean and healthy environment, and the list goes on and on.  We sometimes overlook a very basic component of our routine, the importance of cleaning out the mixing bottles. When diluting, handling, and using product, it is imperative to keep hygiene at the top of our list.

Hygienic Guidelines for Mixing Professional Strength Product:

1. Wash all containers and caps with very hot water and a sterilizing solution before mixing concentrated shampoo and conditioner, preferably the night before and let the container air dry.

2. Any unused diluted material should be discarded at the end of the day.  If you can’t bear to throw away product, bathe your own dog to get rid of the product.

3. Do not mix an entire gallon of product unless you plan on using it all by the end of the day.

4. Don’t forget to wash the caps of the mixing bottles as they can hold bacteria, mold, and fungus.  This can transfer to the animal during bathing.

It is important to remember that the contamination of product can cause pets to have a reaction to the shampoo mix if it is contaminated with bacteria, mold, or fungus from improper cleaning and handling of the mixing bottles.  Unfortunately, there are not any hygiene regulations for pet groomers.  It is our responsibility as a professional stylist to set forth a standard protocol for providing proper hygiene in our salons.  This hygiene extends all the way to something as simple as a mixing bottle.

Waterless Baths: One of Espree’s Best Kept Secret

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

Espree’s line of Waterless Baths takes the chore out of bathing your pet and allows for a quick and convenient solution to clean up after your pet. This is an extremely versatile product and can be used in so many ways to help keep your four-legged friend always looking and smelling his best. It can be used as a true waterless bath to clean up areas without doing a full bath. Spray in the desired area, towel it in and go. For longer coats, you can blow dry it and run a quick slicker brush through to finish. Either way, the coat will come out fresh, clean, and fluffy. This product can also be used like any other Espree shampoo, wash it in and rinse if you prefer to give a good old-fashioned bath. One of the best uses for Espree’s Waterless Baths is to help break down odor. This odor-eliminating product will not mask the odor with heavy perfumes and fragrances, but rather break the odor down to help get rid of the smell. You can also use it to freshen up your pets’ bedding or even put a capful in the laundry when you wash the dog bedding. Another great use for Espree’s Waterless Bath is to lightly spray it on the dog to freshen up the coat after spending the day at doggie daycare or even their vet. The convenience and versatility of Espree’s Waterless Baths make it a “must have” for every pet owner!

Water Temperature

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

The normal body temperature for dogs (100.2-102.8 degrees Fahrenheit) are significantly higher than that of normal human body temperature.  Because of this, dogs and cats tolerate cooler temperatures better than humans.  Temperatures that may seem comfortable to us may not feel comfortable to the pet.  When selecting appropriate water temperature when bathing, always select a temperature that is comfortable for the pet, rather than the person bathing.

Unfortunately, there is not a universal water temperature that is ideal for all situations.  It is important evaluate the skin and coat before determining the appropriate temperature.  In general, cool to lukewarm water temperatures are generally healthier. Warm temperatures are normally drying to the skin as it breaks down essential body oils and causes the skin cells to separate.  When essential body oils are broken down, the end result is skin that is dehydrated and depleted of nutrients. Warm water temperature should be avoided if a pet has sensitive, irritated, or dry skin. Warm water could potentially cause additional irritation to the skin.

Warm water is not good for pets that have dry, irritated, or sensitive skin, but it is good for pets that have oily skin.  Warm water is a natural solution for removing excess oil therefore it is recommended for bathing and rinsing greasy skin and coat.

The final rinse when bathing a pet whether the skin and coat are dry or oily should be with cool water.  The final cool rinse allows for the remaining body oils to coagulate which, in turn, allows for proper hydration of the skin.  In addition, a final cool water rinse calms nerve endings and provides temporary relief from itching.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short on the Bath

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

So many times, we are over booked, running behind, or a dog who doesn’t have an appointment made it on your schedule.  You need to make up some time to stay somewhat close to your schedule, and do not know where to take a short cut. Often, I hear groomers trying to take a short cut in the bath tub thinking that one bath will get the job done if they lather that coat up a bit more. Aaahhhh, don’t do it! The bath is one of the most important parts of the entire groom.

I always recommend two baths.  Call me old school, that is okay, but think
about it. The first bath, the preliminary bath, is going to remove all the
dirt, debris, and dander from the dog.  I usually recommend a more basic shampoo with a slightly heavier surfactant to get the job done.  The second bath is designed to offer a solution.  Maybe it’s a matter of adding more silk proteins to seal the ends of a drop coat, a keratin shampoo for volume for those curly coats, or a tea tree oil shampoo to help impede bacterial and fungal growth. Whatever the reason, the first bath will get the dog clean and return the skin and coat to a more neutral state. Once the skin and coat has returned to a neutral state, the second bath, the solution oriented bath, will allow you to treat the skin and coat.

Once the dog is clean and you have the coat in the better condition, then the finish work is more attainable.  You can artfully wield your scissors and clippers to turn the pet into whatever you want.  You are able to showcase your artistic ability making the pup look fantastic and keeping the client very satisfied!