What smells would scare a dog? Here’s What to Expect

Citrus scents

What scent do dogs hate the most? Almost every dog (and even cats!) are not too keen on any kind of citrus smell. Using the scent of lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit is a safe way to keep your dog away from parts of the house where he isn’t allowed. You can take the skin of citrus fruits and put this on the ground and your pet will be sure to avoid the area. You can also mix concentrated citrus oil with water in a spray bottle. Spray on counters or furniture and your dog will be more than happy to stay away. Compared to vinegar, citrus scents smell fresh and clean. Members of your household wouldn’t be bothered by the smell.


A lot of dogs will turn away from the smell of rubbing alcohol. Often used as a mild disinfectant in the household, be careful with its use because it can cause possible irritation. Instead of spraying, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and place them in areas where you don’t want your dog to stay. This method also helps for the smell to last longer. Rubbing alcohol products have different concentrations. Products with higher concentrations will have stronger scents.

Keep in mind that alcohol is flammable so be careful where you place the cotton balls. Also, avoid spraying alcohol directly to your dog’s skin.

Smells dogs hate – nail polish

The smell of nail polish can be pleasant for many people, but dogs detest this smell too. Nail polish is made up of a high number of chemical compounds, so it is not natural. They include formaldehyde, nitrocellulose, isopropyl alcohol and acetate. Dogs hate the smell of these fragrances. If a dog comes into contact with nail polish it can also cause them to sneeze and itch excessively.

On the other hand, nail polish removers also form part of the list of smells that dogs hate. This is due to their chemical compounds, the scent of acetone being perhaps the most annoying smell of all for dogs. We recommend opting for acetone-free nail polish remover and/or keeping all of these cosmetic products away from dogs.

The 7 SCENTS Dogs HATE The Most