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I have a 3 month old golden retriever I've had since he was 5 weeks old. He has never had a real bath. I wash him as well as I can with warm water, baby shampoo, and warm water. He has never had any kind of deodorant. When he is in his new home (3 hours away from me) I know he will be very stinky. Can you give me advice on how to keep him from smelling so bad and how to deal with him after he arrives? I'm trying to prepare him for when he gets here.

Your puppy will probably smell "normal" (not stinky), but after a day or two there will likely be a slight odor. Some dogs may "stink" on the first day after their bath, others not until a week or two has passed. Keep in mind that if your new home is humid or there's lots of grass or dirt for him to breathe through, he will certainly smell more once he arrives.

You can prevent yourself from getting too stressed and anxious about his arrival, but plan on him being stinky, and have on hand plenty of hand soap, and wipes.

I also recommend that you have him on a special diet to help prevent smelly breath. (Hint: not canned food, but rather kibble or something that provides nutrition and treats that he loves.) You can find an article about special diets for puppies here.

My dogs are pretty well mannered. In some ways the most important thing for them is that I am consistent. Dogs are very forgiving, especially if you make your behavior clear to them, and you are consistent.

You are doing everything you can to help him smell good. Have you tried using an electric deodorizer? An Eucalyptus-based one might work well for you. You can also try keeping him in a room with a vent, though your 3 hours isn't too long if the room is big and has windows and doors. It's also worth remembering that he may smell fine indoors (it's just his smell), but that's the place he'll eventually need to go out.

I'd also strongly recommend you keep him away from the other cats until he's settled in. While they are not a good match for each other, if he gets excited or nervous around the other cats and he ends up trying to play, it may frighten them and the result could be really ugly fights. I'm sure you can come up with some kind of arrangement with your cat, but it will probably help you both if you avoid this until he settles in.

Is he eating well? That's something I always keep an eye on, because the smell of pee is not a pleasant thing to have around.

I think a major thing that may have gotten you so stressed is that he was not eating well before you got him, and now he's suddenly doing much better. Because you had to put a lot of food out for him, and he didn't eat, he was likely to be more stressed, which may have been exacerbated by your efforts to clean him up. Since he's eating well, his stress levels are probably going down, but he's still dealing with the fact that you don't think he smells great, and the new place is not necessarily a home for him right now.

As long as you're giving him access to a safe environment, like the inside of the bag, then it's not really a problem at this point. I would think that he will be okay if you continue to take good care of him and keep him in a place with plenty of room, food and water, a safe place to sleep (in his new home, no pun intended) and good opportunities to do his little nose to the ground business. This will probably get better over time, especially if he's not eating every day. If he still has a lot of energy, I'd think that he could get a LOT better, as long as he has plenty of opportunities to clean himself up and feel more comfortable.

And you're not trying to be mean, just that you care a lot and want him to be happy. But that's a pretty big question to ask him. I wouldn't put it out there as something you want him to know he has the choice to go back to his home, unless he tells you that's what he wants. You may want to consider not showing him where his kennel is now (unless you're really sure he will go there) as a way to help him feel more comfortable with the new place. And try to give him a couple of playtimes and see if he wants to play more than a couple of times a day. (I think it's likely he will continue to play as long as he's around a dog with whom he is comfortable.) But don't push him.

I'm so sorry this is happening to you. Your DD is going to need lots of TLC, and plenty of exercise. Take good care of yourself too. This will get better over time, especially if he's not eating every day. If he still has a lot of energy, I'd think that he could get a LOT better, as long as he has plenty of opportunities to clean himself up and feel more comfortable.

And you're not trying to be mean, just that you care a lot and want him to be happy. But that's a pretty big question to ask him. I wouldn't put it out there as something you want him to know he has the choice to go back to his home, unless he tells you that's what he wants. You may want to consider not showing him where his kennel is now (unless you're really sure he will go there) as a way to help him feel more comfortable with the new place. And try to give him a couple of playtimes and see if he wants to play more than a couple of times a day. (I think it's likely he will continue to play more when he gets used to the new place and people.) There are some really great training resources on the internet, that are free and for dogs of all ages.

There is also some basic dog training books (that should be read by everyone who owns a dog) that may help give some guidance. They're pretty basic but they're really easy to read and understand. Good luck and keep us posted.

Wow!! I'm so sorry for your dog and your loss. I'm a newbie and thought I could do it on my own, but it is so overwhelming and I don't know if I can be of any help, except to say there are so many wonderful people here who may help you. Dogs are such amazing animals and I think you'll find your dog will come out of this ok, and happier.

We adopted our pup a year ago. We decided to go to training camp for the first time ever - and to help with transition. It was


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