Smelly Dogs & Shedding Dogs

Parent Q&A

  • We have a 70lb German Sheppard mut. Our house smells like a kennel. There's pet hair everywhere. Despite our families hard work vacuuming, keeping the dog clean and being super good pet owners, our house is still smelly and covered with pet hair. It's starting to impact our social life, quality of life etc.

    I'm looking for recommendations for house cleaners that specialize in de-pet hairing house and getting rid of pet smells. OR if you're a family with pets and are living pet hair and smell free, can you recommend your house cleaners?

    Thanks so much,

    Covered in Pet Hair

    Try switching your dog to a raw diet. It's amazing how little my dogs shed when they were on it. They also stopped getting ear infections. It takes time to make it yourself and it's really expensive to buy it premade. But I swear that i recouped the costs in the first year because we got to stop going to the vet all the time.

    Having said all this, we stopped the raw diet and there's black dog hair everywhere I look. I think that dogs are shedding right now in preparation for their winter coats to grow in. My house looks bad within a few hours of the housekeepers leaving. But I'm motivated to get them back on a raw diet!

    Dogs shed more in the spring/summer than in the winter.  They should be gently brushed everyday which makes the dog shed less.  As far as the smell, you would need to be more specific.  Some dogs smell because of the food they eat.  Dogs that eat human food smell more than dogs that eat dog food.  Some dog foods make dog smell more than others.  Also, dogs should not be bathed more than once a month because that causes skin problems for them over time.  I would also recommend using air fresheners.  Carpets and curtains absorb more smells than other type of flooring or window covering.  If you can give more specific information and you want to email me I can help you some more.

    Have you tried regular brushing and more frequent baths? I'm not an advocate of baths but if it's a quality of life issue, go for it, or hire a groomer. We keep flannel sheets on the sofa, remove them for guests, and launder them weekly along with the dog bed covers. Lastly, discuss with your vet if hairloss is excessive. Maybe a change in diet or exercise would help?