What to Do if Your House Smells Like Dog

Eliminate Dog Smell

The smell of a dog is different from other smells. It can be a sweet or foul odour. It depends on how the dog has been raised and what it has been eating. A dog with a more refined palate will pick up on subtle aromas and flavours that are not as easily detected by human noses. There is no definitive way to tell from the smell if your dog has developed a sophisticated nose for food or not.
Dog smells are not unique, but they are also specific to each animal. Each dog has its signature scent that will often have a variety of smells associated with it. Their diet, exercise routine, and environment all contribute to the stink they leave behind when they’ve been around you.
There are some basic things you can do to help minimize the stench left behind by your dog:

Personal Hygiene

a dog lying on a carpet

Change your bedding frequently. This will encourage your pet to urinate in an area where there is less odour. Keep dogs away from your favourite pillows and blankets. Keep your house clean. These are the most important things that you can do to help decrease the dog odour.

Dog Hygiene

Be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and regularly groomed. This will also encourage them to use their paws in different ways.
If you have a large breed dog, consider getting a crate for him so that he has somewhere quiet and cool to sleep at night. You may also want to consider investing in a puppy pad for the crate if you don’t want your puppy tracking poop into the house with him.
If you have an older dog, consider having him spayed or neutered. Male dogs leave behind less odour than female dogs.
Get a dog and a cat in the same room together this can help reduce the smell of one or both of them.
If you have a dog who is prone to urinating and spraying, consider investing in a doggie door for your front door so that he can go outside when he needs to.
If you want to clean up any accidents, be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner on pet-soiled areas. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see your floors or carpets, they probably need cleaning.

Get Rid of Carpeting

If you have carpeting, get rid of it if possible and replace it with hardwood flooring. If you do not want to replace carpeting, consider getting a mat for your dog’s bed (or crate) so that he can eliminate outside at least until their feet are dry. You may want to consider getting a large rug for the floor in the room where your dog spends most of his time.

If your dog tends to chew on things (like shoes), consider having him/her declawed. Sometimes chewing everything is also a cause of smell in the house. This can be especially helpful if your dog suffers from separation anxiety and starts to chew on things because he is missing you. Declawing involves removing all of the nails and the pads on the bottom of your cat’s paws; this procedure should be done only by a veterinarian who is experienced with this procedure.

How to Get the Dog’s Smell Out of Your House

a girl looking at a puppy lying on the floor

Air Freshener:

The easiest way to get rid of dog smell in your house is to use a good air freshener. There are several scents available. Air fresheners can be used in your home to get rid of dog smell.


You can also use a vacuum cleaner that has an upholstery attachment and take out the dust and pet hair from furniture, carpet, etc.

Vinegar + Baking Soda

Also, use vinegar and baking soda to get rid of the dog smell. Use them only in small quantities because they are very strong smelling. Use the vinegar and baking soda in combination with one another for the best results. You can also use a mixture of one cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda, and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl. Spray the mixture over the places where you have had your dog.
This will help to get rid of the dog odour as well as freshen up surfaces that have been used by dogs.
You could also try rinsing your carpets with a mixture of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 gallon of water.

Coffee Grounds

Another way to get rid of dog odour is by using coffee grounds. Mix one cup of coffee grounds with one cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake it well before spraying it on your carpets or furniture where the odour is coming from. You can also spray the mixture on your carpet or furniture using a rag and then vacuum it up to get rid of the dog odour.


Use ammonia to remove pet odours from highly absorbent hardwood floors such as parquet or wooden flooring. This helps get rid of the dog’s odour. Spray the area with ammonia and let it sit for a few hours then vacuum it up.

Dryer Sheets

Another way to get rid of dog odour is by using dryer sheets. They are made of fabrics and carpets. You can use them for other surfaces as well such as rugs or furniture where there is pet odour on them.

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Daniel Michael
Hello, I am Daniel Michael, who loves dogs and has extensive experience in the field. I have a passion for writing articles that help other dog lovers navigate the complexities of dog ownership and care. I have spent countless hours researching, learning, and working with dogs of all breeds and sizes, and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with you through my writing. Whether you are a new dog owner or a seasoned pro, I am confident that my articles will provide you with valuable insights and practical advice that will enhance your relationship with your furry friend.