With this beautiful weather upon us we have a lot of clients telling us that their dogs love to swim, but they hate that dirty dish rag smell.
The reason your dog starts to stink after a few weeks of swimming is because of improper drying. It is very important to dry your dog almost completely when they are finished swimming. The moisture sits between the skin and the coat and mildewy bacteria is formed. It is the skin that begins to stink, not the coat. We suggest having your dog brushed out well for summer (unnecessary undercoat and mats trap water), removing the collar when you get home, and blow drying trouble areas such as under the chin, bum, and groin, if your dog will let you. I also like to buy a super absorbent towel each spring to give my dogs a really good rub down with.
Another home remedy I found that helps is mixing equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spritzing my dog before I dry them.