By Kathy Santo | Updated:Mar 18 2019
One morning, as I waited for my teapot to boil, I checked my phone and saw a frantic text from a student whose dog surprised a skunk during his early pre-breakfast romp in the backyard. Poor Sully learned the hard way that sometimes curiosity gets you into trouble.
Every year, after even a few days of warm, pre-spring weather, forest creatures (who may have been absent during the cold winter), start to emerge. This is “Skunk Time” (like “Hammer Time” but a lot less fun), and if you’ve ever had a dog who’s had a close encounter with a skunk, you already know how hard it is to get rid of the smell!
Forget tomato juice (because it doesn’t actually remove the smell, it can leave your dog smelling like a tomato, and, if your dog shakes off while you’re applying it, your bathroom will look like a scene from a horror movie!) Instead, use this, a tried and true recipe to de-skunk your dog:
This bottle must stay open throughout the process because if you put the cap on it, there’s a strong probability that an explosion will occur. That will lead to a far wilder situation than the one you’re currently dealing with. So please, keep the lid off.
When you’re done, pour whatever’s left of the solution down the drain.
Now that you’ve completed the hardest part, you can focus on making your house smell better. Vanilla candles and bowls of white vinegar in the house will help dissipate the odor. You can also soak cotton balls with vanilla extract and place them around the house (obviously where your dog can’t reach them unless you want “vet visit” added to your list of ‘Things I Have To Do That I Never Planned On Doing” today!)
If all of that sounds dandy, but way more than you’d like to handle, do what Sully’s owner did and if you’re local to the northern NJ area, call our grooming shop – Kathy Santo’s Pet*A*Groom. They have lots of experience making even the “skunkiest” dog smell as fresh as a daisy!
Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.