I am sorry your dogs are getting stinky :(
Are they outside all the time?
do they roll around in the dirt?
Does the smell come from their fur? Does it go away after a bath?
How old are your dogs?
Let me know and i will try to help...
I am sorry your babies are having trouble.
A "bad" odor is usually due to yeast:
Bathe them in selsun blue shampoo.
Give each a tsp a day of plain yogurt.
Please let me know how they are doing.
I hope all will be well.
Warmest best wishes,
So are you saying they pick up an odor from the ground?
What is the surface - grass, soil, other?
does it smell musty, rotten, ammonia like, other?
I agree, there are no "dead animals" permeating the ground.
The only possibilities are yeast or bad bacteria.
Of course, if you use fertilizer that could make them smell.
Hose the area with a solution of one part white vinegar to twenty parts water.
Let me know what happens after they are bathed in selsun blue shampoo and given a tsp of plain yogurt every day.
They are only getting a bad smell from the ground.
I will opt out and see if someone else has any ideas.
I wanted to give you my thoughts on the idea. Dogs have anal glands around the rectal area. The fluid in the glands can be near odorless, musty smelling or smell like feces or even dead things. Since you are a hunter, you are familiar with scent glands so you do know that the odor differs from animal to animal. Dogs use this to identify each other.
Many times when the anal gland become full a dog will scoot their rear on the grass or carpet and release the fluid and pressure on the gland that way. Some dogs will do this outside and then turn around and roll in the fluid. This transfers their unique odor all over them. My chihuahua does this same type of behavior. In his case it seems to be related to the female next door being in heat. I would probably be perplexed as well but I actually saw my dog scoot along the ground then turn around and roll in it. When I went to make sure there wasn't a dead mole there, I saw what he had done and why he stunk to high heaven.
Now I can't be sure this is what your dog's are doing, but it is a possibility. I do know that mine is doing it. I stopped the problem by emptying his anal glands manually and being sure they are not getting full.
Excellent site on anal glands http://www.dr-dan.com/analsac.htm http://www.thepetcenter.com/wai/analsacs.html
If you feel this is also not the problem, let me know and I will opt out as well. Any deposit you put down will not leave your account until an answer is accepted.
I'll opt out as well. The only other thing I can think of is stink bugs.