She’s really the best dog, ever–loyal, playful, and always eager to greet me each time I walk through the door. There’s just one thing that has become a problem over the last months, she’s also very eager to greet skunks who wander into my backyard in the early morning hours.
I’ve lived in my house just under two years and in that time, Scout, my five year old Golden Retriever, has managed to come nose to nose, or nose to tail, with two skunks. The first time, I smelled her before I even saw her. I’d let her out and within minutes the smell of skunk wafted through the house. I walked to the backdoor and saw Scout whimpering with her nose pressed against the glass.
I did everything to get the smell out of her fur, out of my house. All the remedies friends shared, Internet suggestions, and trips to the groomer only minimized the smell temporarily. Each time Scout got wet or it was humid outside, the odor reactivated. Time was the only thing that really helped. She was first sprayed in July and by December the last of the smell finally dissipated.
Well, here we are in October. If last time is a measure of how long I will have a skunky dog, she may begin to smell better by March.
Here’s the most helpful remedy I’ve used:
1 quart hydrogen peroxide (the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide variety)
1/4 cup baking soda
2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid
Double the recipe for large breeds. Apply with a sponge on the dog’s fur; don’t get it in their eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
I’m open to any good advice on eliminating the smell as well as how to keep skunks out of my yard!
You can follow Scout on Instagram @thisgoldenchild.