How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dog

Skunk Odor Removal

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The dog is one of only two predators that will recklessly attack a skunk with no regards for their health.What makes the dog so reckless in this aspect is still a question that continues to baffle animal, experts. since this post will more than likely be under 500 words I thought it would be easier to treat you the best methods for skunk odor removal versus try to retrain your dogs thought process and natural instinct.

Since more and more skunks are migrating and infiltrating suburban communities, this exposes them to close encounters with dogs as well as other domesticated animals. Whether or not the dog will learn not to attack a skunk is largely academic. What matters more to dog owners is how they can remove the skunk odor that has been sprayed on their dog.

Skunk odor Removal Preparation

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dog
Unless you are ok with your whole house reeking of skunk, it is best to take control of the situation and tie your dog to their dog house or in your backyard. As a precautionary measure, it is best to change into some old clothes before you attempt to make contact with your skunked dog. This is to prevent the oily skunk spray from sticking to your clothes and you reducing the chances of you cross contaminating other areas in your home with skunk odors.

Check your dog’s eyes for any signs or redness or irritation. If there are signs of irritation flush your dog’s eyes with cool running water. Determine what area of your dog was hit with the skunk spray. Try to remove as much of the damp skunk spray with paper towels. Dispose of these paper towels in specially-marked containers so they do not spread throughout your home.

Preparing a De-skunking Solution

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Get ready to prepare your homemade de-skunking solution which you are to use to wash your dog with. Mix a liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a quarter of a cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of your dishwashing liquid. Mix the solution very well. In the case you do not have hydrogen peroxide in your home, you can substitute it with vinegar instead. Mix one part of distilled white vinegar and 3 parts of warm water. Use this solution as you would the hydrogen peroxide-baking soda mixture.

Give your Dog a De-Skunking Bath

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Spray the body area of your dog that was hit by skunk spray with copious amounts of cool water. Make sure that he is soaked wet before applying the de-skunking solution. Wear rubber gloves and thoroughly work in the solution all over the affected area. Be careful not to place any solution on your dog’s eyes as this can be very irritating and cause eye inflammation. Do the de-skunking cleansing as fast as you can because the hydrogen peroxide solution can bleach your dog’s fur if left for too long.
Rinse off excess solution and give your dog a thorough cleanup. Make sure there are no residues left on your dog’s coat.

After the de-skunking bath and rinse, give your dog a thorough bath. Use a pet shampoo to get him thoroughly cleaned up. Massage the shampoo well into his coat. Make sure that everything is covered. Rinse your dog thoroughly and towel dry him. You can use a hair dryer set to the lowest speed to aid in the drying process.

There are commercially-available de-skunking products which you can use instead of the homemade solutions. Whatever you use, it is always best to follow basic safety instructions so you can effectively eliminate skunk spray off your dog without spreading it to others.


Happy Reading & deskunking!

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8 Breed For Experienced Dog Owners

8 Breeds for Experienced Dog Owners Only

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Families who are choosing a dog for the first time can sometimes be lured into making a bad choice by the striking good looks or lofty reputation of particular breeds of dog. A number of  breeds are known to be challenging to raise and should be acquired only by experienced dog owners. If you have raised a number of dogs previously, these dogs can provide a rich and interesting canine ownership experience for you.

1 – Siberian Husky

For stunning good looks and a reputation for hardiness, the Siberian husky offers owners a number of challenging qualities that make it a rewarding choice for those experienced in raising and training dogs. Huskies are both intelligent and affectionate. However, their independent natures can make them difficult to train, and they require strong leadership to provide consistent direction. They are adept at escaping from yards and homes and should never be left off leash. Huskies require considerable exercise to keep them healthy and well adjusted.

2 – German Shepherd

Frequently seen on TV as the winner of dog shows, the German shepherd’s dignified look and numerous contributions to human endeavors make him an admirable breed. Strong, agile and intelligent, this canine thrives on training and obedience. They can be very protective of their homes and families. German Shepherds need a strong leader that will spend time teaching them how to be good canine citizens.

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3 – Australian Cattle Dog

With a reputation for intelligence, sturdiness and utility, the Australian cattle dog can be a handful for any owner who is unused to dealing with a breed that has a considerable reserve of energy. These dogs also tend to bond to one member of the family and will cling to them. Australian cattle dogs have a strong prey drive that may make him nip at children, pets or anything that moves. Early training is critical for making this dog a well-behaved member of the family and the community.

4 – Weimaraner

This distinctive appearance of this “Gray Ghost” attracts many to the breed. However, Weimaraners are high-strung, active and require a significant amount of daily exercise to work off its considerable nervous energy. Without a sufficient outlet, they can become noisy and destructive. They are highly intelligent, independent and often test their owners’ boundaries. These dogs need confident, consistent leadership on a daily basis. They can be difficult to housebreak and often require crate training.


5 – Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a powerful breed that often weighs as much as 115 pounds. They are generally calm, confident animals that are rarely shy. However, their size and appearance can make them intimidating to those unfamiliar with the breed. They can be boisterous and unruly as puppies. Rottweilers are devoted to their families and can be very protective of them. These dogs need careful and consistent training to ensure that they are under full control to avoid becoming a nuisance.

6 – Airdale Terrier

This largest of all the terriers can be a handful for owners. These dogs love to chase, dig and bark, which makes them a lively member of the household. They can be an entertaining companion for children. However, airdales have an independent streak that must be carefully directed with consistent, gentle discipline in the early years. This breed has considerable energy and is happiest when it has a job to do. They also need regular grooming of their wiry coats.

7 -Akita

Akitas are alert and intelligent, but are also willful and independent. They can weigh up to 110 pounds at adulthood. They have a strong personality that must be carefully disciplined during their early years. They are good with older children. Akitas do not get along well with other animals. If you enjoy going to the dog park with your pet, an Akita is probably not the right choice for you.

8 – Chow Chow

Chow chows are known for being independent and aloof.  They can be suspicious of strangers and not indulgent with roughhousing from children. This dog needs careful training from early puppyhood, with only verbal disciplining. The full, fluffy coat requires vigorous brushing several times each week. These dogs can be aggressive with other animals unless raised with them from an early age.


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Why a Doberman Is the Best Dog For You

The Love of a Doberman

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For my very first post, I decided to write about a particular breed that is in my eyes ignored quite a bit on the Internet and that is one of my faves the Doberman Pinschers.Doberman Pinschers are simply not your average dog.  Aside from the fact that they are in my eyes a true work of art to look upon with their graceful, yet muscular bodies and elegant, yet fierce faces, they are also one of the most intelligent, loyal, loving, and needy dogs a person will ever own.  Dobies love attention and affection from their owners, and they crave it almost as much as they crave food.  If, for some reason, their owner is not giving then attention they will usually try and force the issue by either staring at their owner for long periods of time, resting their heads on their owner’s lap, or, if none of that works, they will start whining or barking, or a vocal combination of the two.

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Experienced Doberman owners know this breed is high maintenance when it comes to receiving attention and most would probably cite this as one reason they fell in love with it. Most dogs love their owners and want attention, but few will demand it as often or as vigorously.  A Doberman is happy to be with their owner in almost any situation, from laying on the couch watching a movie to going on a long run.  These dogs are very energetic and do require a lot of exercise, but are also excellent couch companions with their calm demeanor.  They are also highly intelligent, so early training is a must.

Proper socialization is especially key in this breed.  Dobermans are inherently very protective of their family without any training at all to make them so.  This can quickly turn into distrust and aggression towards strange dogs and people if they are not socialized at a young age.  Even with socialization, most Dobie owners will attest to the fact their dog will still act cautiously around new people, dogs, and situations until they are comfortable they do not pose a threat to their family.

A Doberman can be a great family pet, despite all of the negative publicity they have received in years past.  Their loyalty and love for their family is only surpassed by their need to be loved in return.  With training, socialization, and a lot of patience tempered with a lot of love, these dogs make themselves an integral part of their families.