Does Your House Smell Like Dog? This Might Be the Cause

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 09/13/21 •  3 min read
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As much as we may love our furry friends, there’s no denying that their odor can cause problems. Your home can quickly become smelly, and at times, it’s not easy to determine the source.

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Even if you do clean up regularly, that scent can linger and seem impossible to get rid of. It can certainly be overwhelming.

In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the different things that may be causing your home to smell like pet odor.

Let’s get started!


Out of all of the items in your home, your carpet is the one that absorbs the most smell. To eliminate unwanted pet odors, it’s worth hiring a professional to come and clean them regularly.

This will not only make your home more hygienic but will keep it looking its best. While regular vacuuming will get rid of fur, it won’t wash out those stubborn and smelly stains.


We all know how much dogs love toys, and you probably have a few of them lying around your house. However, if you haven’t washed them frequently, now is perhaps the time to do so.

Your tennis balls and plush animals get covered in bacteria, and alongside smelling gross, your pet can carry it all over the house. As a guide, it’s recommended to wash them every two weeks.


You wash your own sheets regularly, right? Well, the same needs to be done for your pet’s bed. They will become rather stinky, especially if they take their toys and treats there.

Regularly wash blankets and look for items with removable covers to make things easier. You can find more information on picking the best bed here.


Just like your carpet, your furniture and upholstery can also hold on to unwanted pet smells. Luckily there is an easy solution. Baking soda works wonders and can be used to freshen things up quickly.

You might also think about investing in a spot cleaner if your pup has a tendency to pee on your couch. It’s certainly handy to have nearby, and the sooner you remove it, the better.

Food Station

Another area of your home that may be smelling unpleasant is your dog’s food or eating station. Whether it be kibble spilled or water slopped everywhere, it’s important to keep it clean.

Wash your bowls regularly, store food in air-tight containers and consider putting down a large mat to make clean up much easier.

The Dog

Finally, if you can’t seem to get on top of the stench of your house, the last place to look is at your furry friend. It could be that they need a bath a little more than usual or that they have an underlying condition contributing to their smell.

If you’re concerned, speak to your local vet. They’ll be able to help and may even offer some other tips to keep your home fresh.

Good luck!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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