Why Do Dogs Smell?

As a dog owner, I am sure that you have realized your dog can really stink up the room sometimes, depending on what they are doing. Wet dog is a pretty notorious smell…there aren’t very many smells that are worse.  So what is causing it?  Well, it can depend, but there are some pretty common and easy to fix problems.

Why Do Dogs Smell?

Your dog’s smell is like their individual ID card in the animal kingdom.  It announces their presence to other animals, and communicates many things about them, like gender, where they have been, and even their mood.  Dogs (and most animals) have a sense of smell that is so much more sensitive than a humans. It is almost incomparable.  A canine nose has over 220 million receptors, whereas a human only has about 5 million!  Nevertheless, dogs are not bothered by the same smells we are, and certainly have a blatant disregard for what we think smells bad.  Dogs love to roll in everything, particularly the stinky stuff we don’t want them to!  If your dog likes to do this, it can help to keep them leashed or on a running line while in the yard, and of course, be prepared for the baths when the inevitable happens.  Some dogs with long hair can have problems keeping dirty stinky stuff out of it, especially if they are one of the more active breeds, or outside all day.  These types of dogs will benefit greatly if you help them trim the hair around their rear end, which can be the hardest for them to clean.  And of course, the wet dog smell is almost unavoidable if your dog gets wet or loves to swim.  If you keep your dog’s coat well groomed, and give them regular baths, the smells should not be too bad to bear!