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Article: Choosing the Right Fragrance

Choosing the Right Fragrance

Choosing the Right Fragrance

Adding a touch of fragrance to your dog’s grooming routine can keep your dog smelling fresh in between baths and trips to the groomer! However, identifying and selecting the right product for your dog can require careful consideration to ensure that the scents you’re using are both pleasing and safe. In this guide, we'll explore some of the nuances in choosing the perfect scent for you and your dog. 

Understanding your dog’s skin

Generally, dogs are considered to have more sensitive skin compared to humans, so it’s important that you’re using fragrance products that are specifically designed for them. Dogs can also develop sensitive skin due to genetics, environmental factors, allergies, and even diseases. Your dog’s appearance is the most helpful indicator in determining whether or not your dog is experiencing any type of skin irritation. Look out for excessive scratching, hair loss, or dry and red patches of skin. If your dog is experiencing any of these issues you may want to consider seeing a veterinarian before applying fragrances! 

Dogs are much more sensitive to smells

While something may smell great to you, keep in mind that dogs have a much more developed sense of smell, so it’s important to choose fragrances that won’t be overwhelming to their senses. Dog-friendly fragrances are specifically formulated for canine use, as they are designed to be gentle on their senses. As a test, you can spray a fragrance on a piece of paper and allow your dog to smell the paper while monitoring for any adverse reactions to the scent. Your dog may also prefer one scent over the other! Pay attention to your dog’s reactions when exposed to different scents to determine their preferences. 

Ingredients Matter

Before purchasing any fragrances, take a close look at the ingredients. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals, alcohol, or artificial fragrances, as these can irritate your dog’s skin. Look for natural ingredients that are safe for frequent use, like our colognes, which contain water, plant-based surfactants derived from coconut and palm, emulsifier, fragrance, and preservative. 95.5% of our cologne ingredients are derived from natural sources, and its made without alcohol to ensure a moisturized coat without drying the skin.

Safety First

Always prioritize your dog’s safety when choosing a fragrance. Check for any potential allergens or irritants in the ingredients list. If your dog has a history of skin sensitivities or allergies, consult with your veterinarian before introducing a new fragrance. It's wise to test a small amount of the perfume on your dog and observe their reaction. If there is any sign of discomfort, redness, or excessive itching, discontinue use immediately and consult with your veterinarian.

Application Techniques

Avoid spraying directly onto your dog's face or eyes. Instead, lightly spray the product onto a dry coat and gently comb, brush or massage into your pet’s fur. You can also apply the fragrance to a brush first and then apply onto your dog’s fur. 

Check out our dog colognes! 

  • Fetching Dog Cologne - a soft musk, reminiscent of long walks in the woods and cozy cuddles by the fire
  • Pawsh Dog Cologne - a powdery fresh, reminiscent of flowers in full bloom and surprise pup cups


Choosing the right perfume for your dog can be a fun and enjoyable process when done with care and consideration. By prioritizing your dog's sensitivity, opting for safe and natural ingredients, and paying attention to their preferences, you can ensure your dog’s overall well-being while helping them smell their best!

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