How to get dog smell out of your house and carpet easily

Hot tips on how to get dog smell out of your carpet the easy way

By / June 25, 2016

Hi Craig the Odor Dude here. Its a funny thing but I think we get asked every day “How do I get a dog smell out of my carpet?”  Dog odor in carpet is a very common issue and on this page we offer two options for removing dog odor in your carpet.
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But first lets learn why you carpet can get smelly from having a dog in the house.

how to get dog smell out of carpet

Above is a shot of a dog rubbing its backside on the carpet trying to expel the itchy oil found inside the anal glands and this one of the reasons dog smell odor gets into the carpet. It can be very strong smelling regardless of the dogs diet or health!


What causes dog odor in your carpet?

Lets demystify dog odor for you, by simplifying the reasons why pet owners get dog smells in their homes and how to solve this problem without spending lots of dollars and without needing a middle man. And with out damaging your dogs self esteem!

Dog smell can be two things to two people. Dog odor in carpet could be a urine odor or just the smell of dog.

Lets address the smell of dog in your carpet first.
Dog smell in carpet comes from the oil in the fur and from the strong smelling discharge found in the anal glands at the rear end of the dog. Some people also classify dog urine smell from carpet as a dog odor, but we like to distinguish the two as being different. What they do have in common is both odors need treatment with special chemicals to remove the stink and both issues can be isolated quite easily.

The discharge from the dogs anal glands is oily and penetrates deep into the carpet fibres, as does dog pee, and both odors can linger for years if not treated correctly.
How to get rid of dog odor in your carpet

Option A:

Use my personal recipe and follow instructions below
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Option B:

Buy a ready mixed product and follow instructions below. We recommend this product. Click here for more information.

Guide for removing dog odor from your carpet.

Step One : Identify the worst areas.

Typically there 2 to 3 areas that are worst affected and these are usually the areas where the dog has spent the bulk of its time when sleeping or relaxing. Look for a darker area on the carpet, look for dirty areas, or any other obvious signs.
Look in social areas such the TV room, near the dining areas and as mentioned a usual sign of dog odor is a darkening in the carpet caused by the oil in the fur.
It is also possible to smell the carpet up close which will find  the dog odor contamination very quickly, however a lot of folk won’t be keen on this. 🙂
Once you have located the main areas of dog odor, mark them by laying a small piece of cloth on the carpet or use a piece of chalk. This helps you remember where the main dog odor contamination’s are are before applying the dog odor removal product.

HOT TIP: Spray our odor removal product on the floor and look for white foaming. White foaming indicates a dog odor contamination and is a good methodology to find the source of the smell.


Step Two: Apply the odor neutralizer product to the contaminated areas you located

Apply the liquid product to the suspect spots by spraying a heavy application ( 1/2 a pint) onto the contaminated areas. The worst spots will foam white if using our formulation as shown above or if you are using X-O Plus Odor Remover it does not foam but will still work well. Apply the bulk of the product to the areas you have located as they cause 70% of the odor usually.

Step Three: Leave it to dry

Once you have put the smell removal product onto the carpet surface keep it wet for at least 5 minutes and then leave to dry.
You want a heavy application and to ensure you cover all the areas that smell. Your pretty much done with your fixing your dog smell in the carpet

Another temporary solution is to apply a powdered deodorizer to the areas which will remove the smell for a period of time however it will typically come back.

What to do when dealing with a large area of Dog Odor?

If you are a Commercial Operator and you are dealing with a serious contamination then you will need to treat and extract the residues with a Carpet Cleaning Extractor Machine.

Dog Odor Extraction Method

Step One: Apply a heavy douse of Dog Odor Neutralizer.

Spray a heavy application of odor remover product onto the affected areas.

Step Two: Spray a heavy douse of warm water on top of the Odor Remover Product.

This pushes the odor remover deeper into the carpet and gets you ready for the next step which is the extraction step.

Step Three: Extract the carpet with injection Wand.

Put warm water into the Carpet Extractor Machine and proceed to inject warm water and extract all residues at the same time. If you have a wet vac then apply more water and extract the area to remove chemical and contamination’s . Open doors and windows to allow plenty of fresh air or alternatively put a heater or dehumidifier in the room.

This is a good machine with a good reputation and reviews
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remove dog odor
Once the carpet dries the odor will be gone as the formula will break down the contaminants.
That’s how to get dog smell out of the house …. Job done!!

Here is a video explaining how we get rid of dog odor in a home

*Carpets react differently to chemicals. Always spot test in an inconspicuous area and leave overnight.

How to get cat urine out of carpet

If your backyard smells like dog urine then click here for the remedy.

See more on this page for odor remover comparisons and DIY odor remover vs store bought dog odor eliminators
Thanks from Craig


We found this product in 2005 and have used it extensively. (Economical as it is a concentrate and works well on dog odor and dog urine odor)

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