It’s a smell you will never forget and my first experience with it was not with a client, but my very own dog, Gritz. A dog who is afraid to go off the porch at night, but one night decided to bolt off after something in the dark. That something was a skunk, and he got it gooooooood.

Lucky for me, I had had a conversation not even 48 hours before the “Gritz-ident” with someone who uses a formula made from hydrogen peroxide, baking soda & dish soap on her own dogs. I searched the internet for the recipe and BOOM, it worked. He didn’t smell anymore and we could let him back in the house.

Here is the recipe I used from the Humane Society on “De-Skunking Your Dog”  and cannot encourage you enough to have some hydrogen peroxide on hand, the other two ingredients you probably already have.


  1. Keep them outside & check the eyes for irritation – flush with water if necessary
  2. Mix the following ingredients together – 1 Quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 Cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  3. Use rubber gloves, wash your dog with the solution and leave it on for a bit (recipe times vary on line, I did 5 minutes, but don’t leave it on too long, peroxide can bleach fur), rinse thoroughly
  4. Wash them again, but this time with pet shampoo
  5. Treats for everyone, including yourself 🙂