If a wet dog goes indoors, he probably walks on or rests on the first comfy throw rug he finds. After this occurs once or twice, then the rug may smell more like a wet dog compared to the dog himself. But as it’s a throw rug, it is possible to fairly easily remove the odor so the carpet smells fresh once again.
A vacuum cleaner is the go-to tool for helping get rid of the astounding dog odor. Shake the rug out to release loose dirt, then vacuum the throw rug by standing on the end of the carpet so that it stays put. The suction removes at least some of their pet hair, dander and any dust that may be on the carpet. Baking soda sprinkled liberally over the carpet absorbs some of the odor; allow it to sit overnight, then vacuum the carpet again.
If the throw rug is washable, run it through the washing machine with a gentle laundry detergent plus a quarter cup or so of baking soda. Wash the throw rugs with other throw rugs rather than with clothing or tub towels to avoid spreading dog hair or odor onto other objects. If possible, line-dry the carpets on a sunny evening, as the fresh air will help deodorize them even more.
If the dog odor is so strong that baking soda and laundry detergent alone do not make it smell acceptable, put the carpet in the washing machine again, this time utilizing a pre-soak cycle. Add 1/4-cup vinegar to the soak to assist deodorize the carpet, then wash as usual.
Though you may be tempted to utilize chemical-based carpet freshening sprays or sprays on your throw rugs, they may not be safe for pets. Prevent the substances, opting rather for natural pet-odor-neutralizing products, or by combining a few drops of an essential oil like lavender in to water and spritzing the carpet using the mixture. Bathing the dog frequently and blow-drying his fur also helps cut down on dog odor.