Dogs become smelly for many reasons. Every dog emanates a body odor. In some cases it is so faint that it is hardly noticeable while in others it is positively obnoxious.
Moreover, the older the dog the stronger the body odor is likely to be. And if the dog is a house dog it then ceases to be a desirable companion.
In such a case the dog must be remembered that the offensive odor may be caused by the excretion of certain glands and no amount of bathing will cure it. A visit to a vet is therefore necessary because he is the only one can empty the glands.
Like everything else there are right and wrong ways of bathing a dog. What to you would be a nice hot bath would be sheer torture to a dog. The water should never be more than 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the rinsing water should always be cooler than the first bath.
Again, don’t put a dog into a tub of water. I have a contraption like a kitchen draining board beside my dog bath and I make the dog stand on this. Then I wet him all over, before using herbal cream shampoo to rub up a good lather. Lastly, I rinse him off with fresh water.
But before you start bathing a dog don’t forget to plug his ears lightly with cotton wool dipped in oil. The actual bath is done in two operations. I usually begin with the tail and work forward towards the neck, where I stop and rinse off.
I then empty and refill the bath before working on the head, taking care that no shampoo gets into either the ears or eyes. The ear plugs are later removed and I get busy with a rough towel.
Here is a professional tip which might interest you. If you have a white dog or dog with white patches, squeeze a blue bag into the rinsing water and your whites will be brighter.
Incidentally, you can clean your dog quite effectively with tale powder. You massage the powder well in, then you brush it all out and finally polish it with a chamois leather or the velvet side of a hound glove.
There are many other types of baths which can be used for specific purposes, such as the oatmeal bath for cooling a delicate skin and the sulfur bath for contagious skin diseases.
But do remember that a dog’s skin is more sensitive than that of a human being. And if you are going to use soap see that it is of the gentlest possible variety. I have known misguided people to use carbolic soap which can ruin linoleum and raise blisters on floor boards.