Skunked Dog Solution

Skunked Dog Solution

P.U! Was your dog skunked?

Well,  Steve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant), author of “Decoding Your Dog,” and  host of two national radio programs, has the solution for you! (And make sure you check out Steve’s site for other tips, tricks, and advice for your animals!)


Q: We can hardly go outdoors without smelling a skunk. Moreover, our dog has now had two close encounters, which created a stink so bad in our home we needed professionals to come in and de-skunk. Do you have any advice? D. D, St. Paul, MN

A: It’s that time of year. Here’s a “recipe” that I’ve historically offered; you can find it in a myriad of places online.

#1: Get a clothespin – that’s for your nose.

#2:  Wipe your pet down with a solution of one-quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup sodium bicarbonate and one-teaspoon liquid dish soap.

#3: Dunk your stinkin’ pet into a bath of two parts tomato juice and one part lukewarm water.

This “recipe” works adequately. However, I developed it 20 years ago. Today, you can do better by purchasing one of an array of manufactured products specifically made to shampoo skunked dogs. Your best bet may be Fresh Wave Pet Shampoo (, and various retailers). It’s all natural, and actually zaps odors rather than masking them with another odor. Simultaneously, you can treat the house with Fresh Wave crystal gel, soy candle and/or Fresh Wave spray.

So, you never need to deal with skunk spray again, don’t leave your dog outdoors unsupervised, particularly in the evening (since skunks are nocturnal).

©Steve Dale Pet World, LLC; Tribune Content Agency




(reprinted with permission from Steve Dale)

2016-11-28T17:16:54+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Cleaning Tips, Featured Story, Happiness, Pets|2 Comments


  1. JANICE BORNICK October 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I have a bird carrier. It is filled with a chemical smell no matter how long I air it out!! I am very concerned that my bird will die if l put him in it.
    Will your product REMOVE the odors or just cover them up??
    Is it safe for my birds?
    Thank you,

    • Fresh Wave Happy January 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Janice,

      Thank you for your question! Our products will remove all odors from your bird carrier and home. All Fresh Wave products do not mask odors, but remove them at the source. As our products are made with no harsh chemicals or fragrances, they are definitely safe for use around your bird.

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