My 1 year old female dobie went into her 1st heat cycle so we scheduled a spay appt. waited till outta heat, and she was spayed April 12th, 2010. We were told she would stop smelling after she got spayed. That is not the case. I took her to the vet where they ruled out her paws, teeth, skin, and so forth. They say she's expressing her glands. The smell is not like that. It doesn't smell fishy it smells just like when she was in heat. Hormonal smell that is like a perfume but definately hormonal. She don't just do it in a cycle anymore. It comes and goes as quickly. The smells driving my hubby crazy. I've owned this breed for most of my life and even had other breeds as a kid and never had this smell problem. She is also still peeing like she is marking her territory too. This could be just from habit. She squats and then moves on her hinies for just a little bit spreading her urine in a line. She has also been going thru a shedding period but don't think that has anything to do with it since she did this when in heat, outta heat, and now after being spayed almost 3 months ago. Like I said took her to vet and they couldn't smell her even though I could and found nothing wrong with her but they didn't do any tests. Sometimes I think the smell is between the smell of when a woman gives birth right after smell and a wet doggie smell. All I know is that it is hormomal and not a garlic fishy smell.
There is no such thing as a Bad Dog ... Just a bad Owner.
I honestly have no idea. I breed mini aussies, and have never had much of an oder on any of my dogs even when they are in heat. I know a female can have some hormones several months after being spayed. I had a female nurse ophaned pups almost a year after she was spayed.
As far as the "marking", a very dominante dog can do that all their lives, altered or not. You can try using a spray bottle with water, and spray her when she goes, and tell her no. I have a male, and it worked well.
If their is no infection, including that of the skin, their is probably little you can do about the smell. If you bathe the dog to often you could cause more problems. I wouldn't bathe the dog more often then once every 3wks. That is comming from the groomers point of veiw.
Ok.....believe it or not, its probably not the dog, but your nose. If there are still molecles of her scent in your carpet or her bedding, those molecules may be lingering in the lining of your nasal cavities, and you smell it, but no one else can.
here is the breeder i told you about in your other post. according to her there is NO SUCH THING as teacup shih - tzu's. http://www.morganshih-tzu.com she is in endicott new york , is that close to long island ? sorry i originally thought she was in conneticut. penny has 3 lovely shih tzu's from this woman. http://www.eastbuy.org