We all love dogs. They’re called Man’s Best Friend for a reason, after all.
Despite that, no one can deny that having a smelly dog is an experience you would rather not go through; but you do have to pretty much every day.
Their tendency to play and roll around in the mud is adorable but comes at a cost and bathing them every time they go out is not something anyone can manage.
So unless your dog lives exclusively indoors, You need dog perfume.
A dog perfume isn’t like regular human perfume. It functions more on the basis of deodorant, that is, it catches the bad smell at its source, breaks it down, and keeps your dog from smelling bad again. It leaves them smelling fresh, their coat being extra soft, silky, and completely untangled. The advantages are endless.
The List of Best Dog Perfume That Smells Awesome & Safe for Your Dog
Finding the right perfume for your dog is no easy task. You need to look out for allergies, harmful components, and a good smell. To ease your task, we have compiled a list of the seven best dog perfumes in 2023 along with a buyers’ guide to help choose the right one for you. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
#1. Wahl Deodorizing & Refreshing Dog Perfume
First up, we have Wahls’ Deodorizing and refreshing dog perfume. The reason this is the best product is that it is manufactured by people who actually know what’s best for your furry friend. Not only is it a well-produced product, but it is also something that is used by most professional vets and groomers which is a testament to how good it actually is.
This eucalyptus and spearmint derived perfume alcohol and paraben-free, pH balanced, and allergy-friendly. You can be assured your dog is going to love the smell and the feel of it since eucalyptus is a very pet-friendly plant. It’s excellent for deodorizing or refreshing smelly dogs in between showers. Not only does it rid them of bad odor, but it also strengthens and gives an extra shine to their coat.
However, it is not very suitable for puppies since the smell can get very overbearing for them, especially since they’re newly getting used to sights, sounds, and scents. Overall, it’s a super good deodorant and comes highly recommended for any breed of dog regardless of how much fur it has. It works just fine on the skin too!
#2. Lavender & Chamomile Aromatherapy Dog Grooming Spray
Lavender and Chamomile is an incredibly calming combination for us- and apparently, for our dogs too. This essential oil spray does wonders to calm any anxiety or stress and without any heavy or overbearing scents. This soothing blend also does wonders to calm hyperactive dogs and lessens their barking and chewing, making it an excellent choice for puppies due to their hyperactive nature.
The scent neutralizes any bad dog odor and removes the wet, kennel smell or any unpleasant smell from their time outside. It also functions as a coat softener; a few sprays are bound to get you a softer, cleaner, and smoother coat that is easy to brush and untangle. While it is plain to see that there is no alternative to good old grooming, this spray does come pretty close.
However, it is not suitable for all dogs since a lot of customers reported it left the coat oily and more tangled. Make sure the product is suited to your dog before purchasing it. Overall, it is a good product if recommended to you by a vet or groomer since they know if it will suit your dog or not, but if not going off recommendations, make sure to be very careful before purchasing because this might do your dog more harm than good.
It is also a tad bit on the expensive side, which makes it a risky buy.
#3. Arm & Hammer Deodorizing Perfume for Dog
Arm & Hammer is one of the most reputable brands of animal deodorants out there with their products ranging over a wide variety of scents, specifications, and ingredients. This one, in particular, is one of the highest-selling perfume for a lot of reasons, including but not limited to a refreshing, overbearing scent, allergy-friendly ingredients, and a neat, attractive, and highly ergonomic packaging.
The scent is that of kiwi blossoms which makes it an ideal choice for animal scents since it is just pleasant enough for the human nose and to mask the foul odor but not so overbearing as to disturb or irritate the dog. The best part about the whole deal is that the manufacturing process is 100% natural and done with only the highest quality materials.
This ensures your dog won’t develop any allergies or rashes and will actually enjoy the experience a lot. It is also specifically pH balanced for dogs which makes it a safe and healthy option. Arm & Hammer has also developed a brand new look for the bottle itself, making it more attractive and fun which just adds to its appeal.
Overall, it is the ideal product if you want something gentle and soothing, especially if your dog has sensitive skin. It is especially great for people on a budget since this magic in aa bottle only costs you five dollars.
#4. BioSilk Therapy Detangling Spray For Dogs and Puppies
BioSilk has for long been considered a luxury brand for both humans and animals with their reputation preceding them. It is the one brand you’ll see in all VIP grooming centers and vets without fail. Despite its name, the product itself isn’t as versatile as you’d expect it to be.
For starters, it is not very suitable for a lot of different furs and may cause a severe allergic reaction if not very careful. This may be due to the silk it often contains or other ‘luxury’ ingredients which are actually just unnecessary and potentially harmful. That being said, if your dog fits into the selection criteria BioSilk has, it might be the best or worse experience of its life.
It has some effective properties that protect your dog against heat, and strengthen and moisturize the coat and give it a more smooth and tangle-free look, but it may also lead the fur to be dependant on it since it functions more like a dry hair shampoo than a perfume or deodorant. Unless you’re very careful with its application, you might end up ruining your dog’s hair altogether.
Overall, while great for occasional use, regular use is discouraged. It is also a risky product to get considering you don’t know if it’ll suit your dog and if it doesn’t that’s a good twenty dollars down the drain.
#5. Honeydew Natural Pet Spray – The Best Dog Perfume
This was the personal favorite of a lot of our team members. The HoneyDew Natural Pet Spray has everything you’d want in a dog perfume- and more. It is formulated with natural and safe ingredients that help to take out any dirt and/or odor after long walks or as a deodorant to maintain freshness in between washes. The best part is, it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients that would leave the coat malnourished so you can even use it every day!
The mix of Bulgarian lavender and Evening Primrose is a fully natural scent that does wonders to calm pets and soothe their skin, this makes it very effective to be used on puppies or very active dogs to calm them. If you find the product unsatisfactory, HoneyDew has a 100% refund policy that can be availed at any time without any company-benefitting loopholes.
HoneyDew has only one objective, and that is to satisfy their consumers. Overall, this is perfect if you’re looking for something calming and pleasant that you can use regularly. Despite being a tad bit expensive, it is a risk-free product due to refund policy. Everything you need, you will find with this perfume.
#6. TropiClean Deodorizing Sprays for Dogs
TropiCleans’ defining feature is their fresh, fruity scents. Available in multiple scents like Baby Powder, Berry Breeze, Freshen Up, Kiwi Blossom, Papaya Mist, Lime & Coconut, Pure Plum, and Sweet Mandarin, you are bound to find your dog’s favorite smell. Rather than covering up the bad odor, TropiClean breaks it down at its source which leads to no odor at all rather than a strange mix of fruit and mud.
It is made from 100% natural ingredients, has no paraben or dye, and is safe to use on all fur types and ages (above 12 weeks). It not only removes bad odor but also conditions the coat and leaves it shinier and softer than it was before. It gives you ultimate satisfaction at only eight dollars which is an unbeatable deal. Sadly, it has no warranty so if it by any chance does not suit your dog’s coat, it might be a waste.
Overall, it’s perfect for anyone who likes a more tropical scent and for dogs who are easily irritated by strong smells. You can apply this at any time, anywhere and it will leave your dog smelling fresher and calmer than it was before.
#7. South Bark’s Blueberry Clove Dog Cologne by Season Show
South Bark is famous for its luxury scents and pet supplies, however, this one falls short of the mark. Despite having a lovely scent, it can be too overwhelming for most dogs since the blueberry clove combination isn’t something that’s very soft. It softens the coat and detangles it and much like BioSilk, it leaves it oily and dependant on the scent thus functioning more as a dry-hair shampoo than a perfume.
It is also most suitable for occasional uses and does not last very long- especially not overnight. While excellent for the occasional spritz to make your fur baby smell like a million bucks, using it regularly is going to make its coat sticky, oily, and smell bad. The seventeen dollar price is understandable when you see the quantity but can still be a bit too heavy on the pockets for a lot of people.
Overall, like most ‘luxury’ scents, this is perfect for the occasional use but not recommended for regular or daily use. Keep it as the special scent for a big occasion but using it all the time might result in a lot more disadvantages than advantages.
How to Choose the Best Perfume That Keeps Your Pup Smelling Clean
Buying a dog perfume is never a risk-free task. You have no idea of predicting whether it will suit your dog or not. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be extra careful while choosing. Let’s go through some of the major things you should look out for when you’re getting a dog perfume.
This may seem obvious but this is a very important factor that determines whether your dog will actually enjoy the perfume or not. Remember, this is not what you like or dislike, it is about what your dog will like. Dogs, and animals in general, have very sensitive noses which they rely on for the majority of their tasks.
If the scent is one that overpowers or clouds their sense of scent, it’ll lead to heightened irritability and discomfort. Make sure you choose a scent that is very soft and doesn’t overwhelm your furry friend. Fruity or natural scents are always a better option since they aren’t as noticeable. However, it all depends on your dog and its preference.
This is a big one when it comes to choosing the right product. If you don’t choose the product with the right ingredients, it can do a lot more harm than good. It can cause allergies, rashes, a sticky, oily, or/and tangled coat or even a worse odor than what caused you to buy the perfume in the first place. It’s always good to know your dogs’ allergies before buying the perfume so you can make sure it doesn’t have those ingredients.
The first rule is to never get anything that has unnatural or artificial ingredients as the dominant ingredient, and absolutely no alcohol, paraben, or dye since these can be incredibly harmful to your dog. The more natural or naturally derived the ingredients are, the better. Also, note that it shouldn’t have any ingredients that make it into more of a cleaning agent than a perfume or deodorant.
Often times, products work on the same principle as human shampoos and conditioners, that is, they leave the hair dependant on certain chemicals. It leads to you using the product over and over and not letting the hair heal and revert to its natural state and ultimately, getting damaged beyond repair.
This is more dependant on how much you will be using it on your dog. If you prefer spraying it before you reach home, make sure it comes in a bottle that is travel-friendly and easy to put in your purse or coat. If you want to spray it occasionally, any size or package will do since it will be staying at home. Make sure it is packaged according to your needs.
Regular vs. Occasional Use
While it is recommended you use perfumes occasionally, you can also opt to use them regularly. If you do choose to do that, make sure the ingredients are such that don’t harm the coat. Using ‘luxury’ scents is often a bad idea for regular users since they leave your dogs’ coat sticky and oily in the long0term or even after a few uses. However, if the perfume is intended for once in a blue moon opportunities, then there is no harm in going for the luxury brands.
With that, we wrap up the list of the 7 best dog perfumes in 2023. Which one was your favorite?
Leave it down in the comments below along with any suggestions or feedback you may have.
Until next time!