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    I am paranoid that our couch smells like Penny. Our pillows smell & our throw blankets smell. We had been trying to let her only on a certain blanket, but we quit enforcing it. We need to get back on that.

    Anyway, how do you get rid of dog smell? I would steam clean it, but the attachment on our cleaner is broken. Any good odor neutralizing powders you would recommend that you can vacuum up or anything similar?

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    Sorry, can't help but would like to hear responses. I have a leather sofa....wipe and go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    Sorry, can't help but would like to hear responses. I have a leather sofa....wipe and go!
    This is on my wish list when we get a new couch.

    Do their nails scratch it? That is one thing I was worried about with leather

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    Actually, no. We haven't had that problem at all. We have had it for about 3 years or so and it is the "dog couch" They all sleep on it every night. It is a big sectional so you should see the four humans, two bulldogs and a basset on it. lol. I also have a loveseat that is the TRUE dog couch as they are the only ones who sit on it. I have it covered with a slipcover that I can remove and wash if we are having visitors.

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    Default Re: Getting rid of dog smell

    It all goes back to food. HRH smelled like a dog when we got her. She was eating Bil Jac. Within a month after changing her to Fromm Beef Frittata and low fat grain free treats we noticed she didnt smell bad anymore. Neither does the couch, or the room she mostly stays in. We also shampoo her every other week with Selsen Blue shampoo and Oster Oatmeal dog shampoo, but really believe the change is attributed to the food. Additionally her isn't as smelly either but it still doesn't smell like we do keep the loveseat in here covered with a sheet that gets changed weekly when Bruce does the laundry.
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    We are doing Fromm puppy, but I am going to start transitioning her to adult food since her spay per our vet's recommendations. I'm trying to decide which Fromm formula to try....the regular 4* or the grain free?? She hasn't really had any other allergy symptoms except occasional runny eyes, but I'm not sure if that's seasonal or not? So, I don't know if it's food related or not, but I will be interested to see how she does switching from Puppy to adult Fromm.

    I found a local store that carries Fromm! YAY!

    I keep meaning up the Selsun Blue @LariP. I saw you recommend it another place as well. I am using baby shampoo now.

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    We have seven dogs and the dog smell is just "there" no matter what we feed them .... probably because there are so many of them!!

    I'm lucky in that my sofa covers are all removeable and I can wash them, but they were not really designed to be as washed as much as they are so I am worried that at some point my sofa covers will decide that their washing times are over!!

    Right now I am having trouble with the carpet!!! I had all wooden floors in my old house, but in this new house the family room has carpet and that's probably where we spend most of our time so that's where the dogs are too. Well the hubby loves having a carpet in there and I hate it cos to me carpet = stinky. So I am going to have to invest in a carpet cleaner so that I can shampoo it clean every six weeks or so.

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    Default Re: Getting rid of dog smell

    Lucy smells pretty good too. I do cover the one section of couch she is allowed on with a blanket. I have an oreck steamer that I use on my wood and tile floors. Works great and it allows me to cut back on the chemicals I have to use on my floors. I also use the steamer to freshen the furniture. Works great.

    My friends will comment that they are shocked that we have a dog---so I guess that is a sign I am doing something right.

    As far as sprays-- I have always been happy with the Nature's Miracle line. When Lucy was a pup or as an adult if she got sick on a carpet-- I feel like that line really did take the smell away. Pretty amazing stuff.

    Good luck!!

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    Default Re: Getting rid of dog smell

    Do what I do and don't allow the dog on the couch, bed or any piece of furniture. Bruno has a Crate with a pillow downstairs in the main living room. A dog bed in the den and a dog bed in our bedroom. He is not allowed at all in my sons room. We have a brown area rug in his room and when his white hair gets on it....it looks yucky.
    No animals on furniture = No stinky funiture. =) Easy
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    The only time Chance has been very foul is when something is off with him. He had drippy eyes (seasonal allergies perhaps) earlier in the summer and today needed his glands expressed. In both cases I could tell something was off because of his scent (saliva and/or rear). Typically he does not smell particularly "doggy". He isn't bathed too frequently but I do wipe him down with unscented baby wipes at least once every other day (sometimes a few times a day).

    As far as shampoos go, I use Earthbath stuff on him. I have some puppy shampoo from Martha Stewart's line (available through PetSmart) but I actually love what Earthbath does for Chance's coat so I'm using up the rest of the M. Stewart stuff as I go through his first Earthbath bottle. Earthbath also makes some incredible sprays which help freshen him up in between baths. They have scented wipes that correspond with the spray/shampoo scents but as I go through wipes more rapidly than I go through shampoo I decided that was an unwise investment. Chance gets spritzed with Mango Tango once every day/every other day. Sometimes I spray it on his bedding, too. Makes him smell lovely!

    The other thing I use on him (sparingly) is Anti-Monkey Butt powder. It's talc-based powder with calamine to relieve itching. He isn't really an itchy dog, but he seems to find it soothing. As the jury is out on the safety of talc, I am careful not to blow it in his face. Makes him smell kind of like a baby (not that that was my intention).

    Anyway, as for furniture, our furniture is also all leather and has not suffered at his hands (paws). It gets vacuumed and wiped down and doesn't retain a smell. Like Lucy's mom we also use the Nature's Miracle line on any carpeting and, in an effort to get rid of the anal gland scent on the carpet I have sprinkled baking soda. After it sits overnight, the scent is virtually undetectable (unless you stuff your nose into the carpet). Quick vacuum and you're done.

    I am really, really sensitive to smell so I am forever looking for ways to keep my home smelling fresh. My fiance is as oblivious as one can be...

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    P.S. I totally agree with jortiz9758. Before we got Chance we agreed that he wouldn't be allowed on the furniture. I am slightly lax about it as far as him being on the couch but he is not allowed on the bed and does not sleep in our bedroom. I am getting a new piece of furniture for my home office and he will not be allowed on there, either. Dog on the floor = hair free/odor free surface!

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    We have our couch steam cleaned and have removed our carpet and now have laminate. Bubbles is allowed to sit anywhere and sleeps in our bed. Not many problems with smelly dog, she has managed to to tear up parts of the couch as a puppy. Our next step is a leather couch. Steam cleaning works best on the couch but be careful of commercial cleaners as they can cause problems for your Bullie. When I wash things I use purex and double rinse and have had no problem with retained odor.
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