Our dogs are more like family to us than pets; therefore, there are times when we have “doggie” odor in our bedroom from the dogs sleeping beside our bed or running in and out. Eliminating dog odor in the bedroom is a priority for me because, while I enjoy my dogs, I cannot stand my bedroom or my home to smell like a dog. Covering up dog odor with perfumes, candles or room sprays is not the same as eliminating dog odor. To me there is nothing worse than the smell of pumpkin scented wet dog.
Most of the time dog odor in your home or bedroom is the result of your dog needing a good bath. Wash your dog with good dog shampoo and warm water. Using a towel, absorb as much water from the dog’s coat as possible then use a dog brush and your hair dryer (set on low) to dry his hair completely. Not drying your dog’s hair completely can result in a foul odor too. If your dog has been outside in water, you should towel dry him before you allow him back inside the house.
Check Dog’s Health
If a good bath does not remove the dog odor in your bedroom, check your dog’s health. Ticks and fleas can create a foul odor on a dog’s skin that can get into your carpet and onto your bedclothes. Ear mites and ear infections may also be the problem as well as a poor diet.
Use Baking Soda
If the odor has seeped into your bedroom carpet, sprinkle baking soda over the entire carpet, brush the baking powder into the carpet with a scrub brush and allow to sit overnight. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly repeating one hour later to make sure all of the baking soda is removed from the carpet.
If the baking soda alone did not eliminate the dog odor in your bedroom, sprinkle baking soda onto the area where the odor seems to be concentrated. Using a sponge soaked in a mixture of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups water wet the area. Allow the baking soda to bubble for a few minutes and then scrub the area with the sponge. After the solution has dried to a hard powder, vacuum to remove all of the baking soda.
Use Pet Urine Remover
From experience, I can attest that using a steam cleaner to clean urine from carpet is not a good DIY project. Unknown to us, the more we steam cleaned the worse we made the problem (we only caused the urine to seep into the padding and subfloor). Purchase an enzyme pet urine remover (available at pet stores) to destroy the odor causing bacteria and protein in the pet urine.