How to Make Your Dog Smell Good Without Shampoo

A good rinse of water can remove some dirt and odors.
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Your adorable pooch comes with her own look, personality and, yes, even her own doggie smell. If you bathe your dog with shampoo too frequently it will strip her coat of beneficial natural oils and dry out her skin. This can lead to itchy, dry skin. There are ways to make her smell better without scrubbing her down with dog shampoo.

Step 1

Brush him frequently. This helps remove any dirt, debris and bugs that he may have gotten into and helps cut down on the smell factor. It also helps remove loose hair and distributes the natural oils on his coat. It’s best to do this daily, but if you just can’t find the time, do it at least once a week.

Step 2

Sprinkle some baking soda over your dog’s coat. Avoid sprinkling it on his face and eyes. Massage the stuff into his coat and skin with your fingertips. Grab a brush and give your dog a good brushing to remove the powder. Baking soda is known for its cleaning and odor-absorbing properties.

Step 3

Rinse him with plain warm water when he returns from a doggie adventure dripping with mud or with grass clumps sticking to his fur. The water will remove the debris without stripping his coat of natural oils. Use clean, dry towels to remove excess water from his coat -- that is if he’ll let you and doesn’t shake it all over you or the walls first.


  • If you do decide that he needs a bath with shampoo, once every few months is sufficient. You can use regular dog or puppy shampoo, or there are leave-on shampoos you can use for a waterless bath.

Items You Will Need

  • Brush
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Towels