An Easy Step by Step Tutorial on How to Clean a Stinky Dog

An Easy Step by Step Tutorial on How to Clean a Stinky Dog

Read this tutorial on how to clean a stinky dog.

With these easy instructions on how to clean the dog, your dog will smell much better, and look much cleaner.

Sometimes I have to wonder where to start when my dog really stinks. Warning, the following wet dog pictures are pretty pathetic and adorable.

Pobrecita getting a bath.

Jade never fully appreciates the bath tub, as given away by her facial expressions. After the bath when she was being brushed out, she was more relaxed than I have ever seen her.

First there is an easy step by step tutorial on how to clean a stinky dog. Then you will see 9 must haves for a luxurious dog bath. Prepare to get wet and wild.

Here are step by step instructions to on how to clean a stinky dog:

1) Make sure the water is tempid.

Hot water can easily burn your dog, while cold water can be extremely uncomfortable.

2) Trim the nails.

Trim your dog’s nails before the bath or set down a towel in the tub to ensure your pet has secure footing during the bath.

3) Wet your pet's coat and lather up!

There are a variety of shampoos that can be used on your dog. Today I am using Rockin Paws shampoo. I like this brand because it is a sulfate-free formula. When it is paired with the other Rockin Paws products, it leaves Jade’s fur softer and slicker than our satin bedsheets. My husband has not stopped complimenting Jade’s fur since her bath this weekend.

Instructions change based on what type of shampoo you use. Sulfate in shampoos create more of a lather than sulfate-free shampoos. I recommend using sulfate-free shampoos on dogs because sulfate tends to dry out the dog’s skin.

Make sure to get the nooks and crannies with your shampoo. I avoid the face (especially the eyes and ears).

4) Rinse the coat thoroughly.


Jade is getting rinsed off to wash away the suds.

To conserve water fill a bucket at a time, and make sure to get the areas where you applied shampoo directly to the fur in order to remove all the soapy patches.

5) Condition.

Rockin' Paws

Since this So Smooth! Conditioner is paraben free, it lacks the chemicals that many large companies use as preservatives. Parabens mimic estrogen in the body, and are known to disrupt endocrine function. Using a paraben free conditioner will greatly benefit your furry friend.

Next we applied Rockin’ Paws conditioner. After 1-2 minutes, we rinsed Jade again.

6) Shake shake shake!

To keep all the extra fur that shredded from the bath in the tub, we closed the shower curtain and directed Jade to shake three times before telling her she could get out and wrapping her in a big towel. She still managed to shake once after the tub. *Shrugs shoulders* we try our best.

7) Pat dry.


Jade gets towel dried after her bath.

After towel drying Jade, we put a towel over her bed so she could relax and get groomed.

8)  Use coat polishing and detangling spray.

This useful spray smells great and helps to get mats out of long-haired dogs. Since Jade is a Labrador retriever mix, she has a nice fluffy undercoat and seems to never stop shedding.

Rockin' Paws

The Rockin’ Paws Shine On Me spray has Vitamin E, which is a great moisturizer for the skin. It has been a week since Jade’s bath, and her fur is still glistening.

The Rockin’ Paws detangling spray made it easy to brush out the undercoat following the bath. Jade’s fur not only feels soft, but looks shinier, and brighter after successfully brushing out the darker undercoat.

9) Use Coat De-Matting and Shine Serum.

This serum by Rockin’ Paws made Jade’s dry coat glisten.

Rockin' Paws

Rockin’ Paws Show Stopper is a product that has natural ingredients healthy for the skin. The added Vitamin E moisturizes the skin. Jade’s normal flaky skin has disappeared after using the Rockin’ Show Stopper. For more information on how you can get your own bottle, click this photo.

I used it along her back and where her fur is the thickest, and it also helped to brush out the undercoat. At this point Jade was so relaxed, her body began to sprawl across her dog bed and she began to close her eyes. As much as she hated to admit it, this pampering felt good.

The pampering not only made her feel amazing, but it made her look amazing too. Before her bath she could easily be mistaken as pure black. After brushing out her thick black undercoat, her entire body took on her normal dark brown color, which we often only get to see a glimpse of when I am walking her in the middle of the day.

Rockin' Paws

Jade’s coat is glistening in the sun after giving her a bath with Rockin’ Paws products.

You can see the difference between the coloring by comparing her legs to her sides.

To decide for yourself whether or not these products are right for you, click on the picture below to go to the Rockin’ Paws website.

Rockin' Paws

Rockin’Paws made Jade’s fur shinier and softer than it has ever been. The shampoo is not as sudsy since it is sulfate-free. But sulfate-free shampoo formulations are great for a pet’s coat. Click here to learn more on how you can get some today.

I hope that these tips are helpful for you next time you want to give your dog a bath. I highly recommend the use of Rockin’ Paws for anyone who is looking for natural, healthy and safe bath products for their furry family members. Rockin’ Paws greatly values pet and animal care, and dedicates a portion of all proceeds to support hardworking animal care organizations.

Disclaimer: These handy tips to clean the dog may not do the trick in all situations. If your dog was sprayed by a skunk, you are looking for a different “how to” tutorial. The Rockin’ Paws products were given to us complimentary for review however all views expressed are my own.

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  1. Very helpful tips. I never thought to put a towel down in the tub; that’s a great idea.

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