Do Golden Retrievers Smell Or Are They Fragrance Free?
The following are some questions that may arise when it comes to your golden retriever: Does he/she have a strong scent or no scent at all? Is he/she just plain old clean smelling? What makes him/her different from other dogs?
These are not easy questions to answer. There is no right or wrong answer. All of these questions can be answered with a yes or no. However, there are certain factors that will make one dog smell better than another. Let’s take a look at them.
Size does matter! A big dog like a German Shepherd is going to have much stronger scent than a small dog like a Chihuahua. Size also plays into the size of the dog’s head and body area which determines its overall odor profile (see image above).
2) Coat Quality & Conditioning
A good quality coat is going to give off a stronger scent than a poor quality coat. The best way to tell if your dog has been groomed properly is by sniffing him/her. If the scent doesn’t come out strongly, then it means that the dog hasn’t had any grooming done recently. You can also check his/her ears for signs of dirt buildup and remove excess hair with tweezers or scissors.
3) Type of Food Consumed
The food that your dog eats can also play a big role in his/her scent. For example, a food with a high fat content is going to cause a stronger scent than one with lower fat content. High protein content will also lead to a more intense scent. The exception to this rule is if the food contains fish oils.
Fish oils have an odor-blocking effect that can override any other smell.
Does My Dog Smell Bad? What Do I Do?
Dealing with the issue of a smelly dog can be a bit tricky. There are many factors at play here and sometimes it may seem that there is no hope. Rest assured, there are things you can do to make your dog smell better.
1) Regular Grooming
This is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your dog’s odor. A good grooming session can leave your dog smelling as fresh as a spring daisy. It can also help identify any potential health issues such as fungal infections or skin problems.
2) Good Diet
As mentioned above, diet does play a significant role in determining the scent of your dog’s coat. Allergies are not uncommon in dogs and can be caused by anything from the food he/she eats to the grass that he/she lays on. It would be a good idea to get them tested for allergies.
3) Check for Medical Problems
Sometimes there are underlying medical problems that can cause unusual scent in your dog. These issues will need to be addressed by a veterinarian. It is best to get them checked out if you notice a sudden change in the way they smell.
4) Check for Environmental Problems
Sometimes there are problems in the environment that can lead to a change in scent. A dirty living space or stagnant water where they like to hang out can cause them to develop an odor. Clean up their living quarters and make sure they have unlimited access to fresh water.
5) Bathing Your Dog
This is probably the most controversial solution to getting rid of your dog’s scent. There are mixed opinions about bathing a dog on a regular basis. Some people think that it strips their coats of all the natural oils that they need and makes it very dry and brittle. This is not true if you follow these steps:
Use a shampoo that is specifically made for dogs. Human shampoo can often dry out the coat and make it more prone to tangles and knots.
Use a conditioner after you rinse out the shampoo. This will help moisturize the coat and reduce frizziness.
Use a slicker brush or pin brush to get rid of any knots or tangles that are still present in the coat.
Follow up with a dryer or blow dryer on a low heat setting. This will help get rid of any dampness and make the fur lie smooth.
(Optional) Brush the fur one more time after it has dried to make sure all the knots and tangles are out.
Remember, it is always best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog a bath. Bathing too often can be just as damaging for their coats as not bathing enough.
Dealing with a smelly dog doesn’t have to be hard. As long as you take some time to maintain their hygiene, you should have no problems with unwanted smells. If all else fails, try bathing them. After all, a clean dog smells better than a dirty one!
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