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Summer Encounters with Skunks, or Love Stinks


Ask Professor Boo is our recurring, positive reinforcement dog training and behavior question and answer column. If you have a question that you would like to ask Professor Boo, please feel free to contact him.

Q: Professor Boo, being small and black with a white stripe do you find yourself having to deal with unwanted attention from female skunks?

A: Being the intellectual, female skunks are generally more attracted to my wit and outgoing personality than they are to the in-your-face physicality of my brother, Dante. While I’ll regale them with stories about studying in Paris, Dante will sprint toward them to say “Hi!” and more often than not ends up with a mouth full of skunk spray.

When that happens, we happen to have a homemade Skunk Wash formula that works just as well as any store-bought solution and is made out of ingredients nearly everyone has in their pantry:

Skunk Wash Formula

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/2 cup of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 teaspoon of liquid soap

Mix together to make a shampoo for your furry pal.

Rinse well to remove the shampoo from the fur after vigorously shampooing.

You may need to double or triple this recipe depending on the weight of your dog.

Because I enjoyed answering this question, just for fun I’ll pass along a Professor Boo Fun Fact: In French, the word for shampoo is “shampooing” and is pronounced sham-PWAN.

7 Responses to Summer Encounters with Skunks, or Love Stinks

  1. Kerry July 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

    Worked great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nancy February 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

    Thank you it really worked!

  3. Susan Serfass July 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM #

    Dolly says thank you but my head still stinks because my Mom didn’t want to get peroxide or baking soda in my eyes. Thanks Mom! Thanks Boo!

  4. Marie Z July 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

    This is, also, the recipe for kids to use when making “volcanoes.” Add in dye for color. You can also blow up a balloon, make a mini fire extinguisher, etc. But, I would like to have something on hand when I need it. My GSD’s would always rub themselves on my walls and furniture while waiting for me to get things ready for their bath. I’d like a ready to use variety, if possible. But, thank you.

  5. Marie Z July 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM #

    Just a thought. I’m going to use your recipe, also suggested by the Humane society, though they said dish soap, and a shampoo after, but have it ready before the skunking. How? The balloon blow up method. Put the hydrogen peroxide in a bottle with the soap. Attach a ballon containing the baking soda to the top of the bottle. Leave the balloon hanging at the side of the bottle. When you need it, lift the ballon to dump the baking soda into the liquid in the bottle. The chemical reaction will start immediately, so pull off the balloon and pour the soap concoction on your dog. I THINK this might work and allow us to be ready without running around looking for the items we need at the last moment.

  6. adam haskins August 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM #

    wow.. it worked. I didnt have baking soda and it still worked! Amazing. I will try to get some baking soda for next time. lol

  7. Mary Oliver and GSD Ella September 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

    This works better than anything I’ve ever used. The combination of Dawn (which dissipates the oil in the skunk spray) and baking soda was wonderful. I tripled the recipe for my German Shepherd and she did really well with the mix. Thank you, will pass along this recipe.

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