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Don’t Forget to Pack your Dog De-Skunking Kit this Pheasant Opener

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My bird dog’s encounters with skunks have been well documented in this blog.  So as I prepare for this season’s pheasant opener, I’ve added the six items comprising a dog de-skunking kit to my grocery list.  Sometimes, preparation is the best method of prevention.  I’ve got my fingers’ crossed that line of thinking keeps the black and white critters away from my pup this hunting season.  If not, I’ll have all the ingredients necessary to handle the situation. 


Dog De-Skunking Ingredients

  • 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap with grease cutter
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small bucket


As I found out a few years back, it’s important that you mix these ingredients together in the instructed proportions.  Simply dumping a bottle of each doesn’t create an effective de-skunking mixture.  After you’ve got the paste-like mixture prepared, here are the directions for de-skunking your bird dog.


De-Skunking Directions

  1. Put on rubber gloves
  2. Mix solution in proper measurements
  3. Wet dog down
  4. Work in the solution
  5. Leave on the dog for 3 to 4 minutes
  6. Rinse and repeat if necessary


Good luck this opener, and I hope you don’t get skunked . . . literally and figuratively.



The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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11 Responses to “Don’t Forget to Pack your Dog De-Skunking Kit this Pheasant Opener”

  1. Bob,

    For those not wanting to go the do-it-yourself route, I highly recommend Skunk-Off. Unfortunately, I had the occasion to need it a couple of years ago. Really impressed by how well it worked. Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Skunk-Off…it just really works!


  2. Peggie says:

    Also, remember to use the whole mixture up,as it will not store due to the contents — it will expand and make a mess when it explodes in your cupboard. Use the WHOLE batch on your dog to do the job.

  3. I’ve been fortunate so far, but I printed it off and will keep the formula supp
    lies and good advice nearby.

  4. Diane Lueck says:

    I’m so glad to see this. Digger Derby has not yet encountered a skunk, but I am always expecting the smell when he comes back with a sandy nose. Thanks Bob!

  5. Thanks for the comments! Skunk encounters will be a reality for many hunters this season; might as well be prepared so it doesn’t ruin a great day, right?

  6. CDY says:

    Skunk encounter head for the drug counter.When my GSP encountered Peppi La Phew my vet told me to rinse her twice will non other than Massengill Douche solution. Thought it crazy but tried it. Worked like a charm.

  7. Sara says:

    Thanks for this! We used this remedy but didn’t realize the importance of proper portions. Will try this tonight as our pup still stinks (especially when wet!). She got hit square in the chest 3 wks ago. Thanks for the extra tips on proptions and the warning against storage of excess!

  8. Terri says:

    Both my GSPs got sprayed recently and I was told to use feminie douches as well. I scrubbed them both with doggie shampoo and peroxide first and scrubbed them really well. Rinsed them off. Then poured bottles of douches over them and rubbed it in. I used the douches on their collars and it got out the smell. I was surprised. I will say the lady at Walmart looked at me funny when I had 16 douches I was buying and 2 large bottles of peroxide. But it worked!

  9. Mike says:

    Great tips! I need to try them out on my hunting pants, as it was I, and not the dog that got sprayed last week in SD!! Nothing like riding back to the farmhouse on the tailgate of your own truck.

  10. That’s pretty funny Mike!

  11. J Spicer says:

    Bob, had a unfortunate skunk encounter last year…opening weekend my dog gets skunked 3 times on the opening day alone. It wasn’t fun trying to figure out the de-skunking tactics. Hank ended the season with a good number of roosters, 3 racoons, 1 jack-rabbit, and 6 skunks under his collar.


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