For a company that began in 1846, Arm & Hammer has done an admirable job adjusting its product base to align with the needs of modern times. And baking soda has proved a versatile ingredient to do just that: Arm & Hammer makes baking soda-based detergent, toothpaste, cat litter, and — yes — dog products. In our home, we’ve been using Arm & Hammer baking soda for baking for as long as I can remember. I first stumbled upon Arm & Hammer products for dogs when I was researching breath-freshening products for my Alaskan shepherd, Eira, who suffered from a stinky breath. And I did find several helpful items that way — and even more now that I’ve dug deep into the world of Arm & Hammer for dogs.
So today that’s what I’m going to share with you: the best Arm & Hammer products for dogs.
Arm & Hammer makes a bevy of products for dogs, including these lovely dental mints.
Arm & Hammer Puppy Pads
We all know that Arm & Hammer knows how to make a superior kitty litter, but guess what? They also make puppy pads for potty-training dogs! What sets Arm & Hammer puppy pads apart from all other puppy pads is that their puppy pads utilize baking soda to keep smells away. When your puppy piddles on an Arm & Hammer pad, the baking soda absorbs the toxins, and therefore the smell. These puppy pads are also extremely thin, which keeps puppies from wanting to dig a spot to pee or poop indoors. If you have a dog who needs to stay inside during the day, show her how to eliminate on these pads. Your house won’t get too stinky, and when you get home you can simply roll the pad up and toss it in the garbage, replacing it with a fresh new one.
Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator
I once walked into my bedroom when I thought Eira was well and potty trained and found a nice turd on the carpet right next to my bed. Yuck! I hadn’t found it quickly enough for some of the poop to set into the carpet, so it took a lot of scrubbing to get all traces of odor out. Dog poo, as we all know, is markedly strong-scented. That’s where the Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator comes in. If your dog misses the puppy pad and instead piddles or poops on the carpet, sprinkle this stuff on the carpet, let it sit for the required amount of time, and then run the vacuum over it all. The Carpet Odor Eliminator absorbs smells and helps lift dirt and other icky particles out of your carpet fibers.
If you have a sensitive nose, beware: this stuff is extremely strong. This is a good thing at its heart; it helps get rid of bad smells. But be prepared to be blown into the next room by the overwhelmingly fresh scent. If it’s too much for you, run the vacuum over the section a few more times to pick up extra particles of cleaner. And you can always wait it out, too: after a few days, the smell will dwindle to a pleasant fresh scent that will linger for days. Which is much better than smelling old dog urine and poop smells in your carpet forever.
Arm & Hammer Tartar Control Dental Mints
Is your dog’s breath smelling a bit sour? She may be getting the dental cleaning she needs through chewing bones, but if she hates getting her teeth physically brushed, she might have bad-smelling tartar building up on her teeth.
Enter the Arm & Hammer Tartar Control Dental Mints. For one thing, this little tin of mints couldn’t be more visually appealing once you open it.
Even breathmints for humans don’t compare.
How cute are these little bones? I didn’t expect them to be all colorful and pretty. What’s interesting about these mints is that they’re beef-flavored, which means dogs will eat them like treats. But, they also have a “fresh-mint scent.” How in the world do these two scents go together? When I brought one to my nose to sniff it, it smelled like a funky cross between beef and mint. Not the greatest. But after I gave one to Eira and she chewed it, her breath smelled vaguely minty and not at all beefy. So, I’m impressed with these mints. You’d be hard-pressed to get a dog to eat a minty-flavored mint. I’m pretty sure there’s a blue box of mints in my parents’ garage still from when our dog, Clancy, was alive. We always tried to give her a mint when her breath got rank, but she never ate them.
The mints, open and poured into the tin.
She has been departed for over 7 years, just to give you an idea of how old that box of mints is.
Eira, unlike Clancy, loved her mints. I know it’s because they’re beef-flavored.
Aren’t the mints so tiny and cute?
She eagerly nibbled one out of my hand.
Eira eats a red bone-shaped Arm & Hammer mint.
She sniffed the tin, asking for another one, but I told her we had to save them for later. The mints aren’t treats, after all, no matter how nice they taste. They’re made with baking soda (of course), along with beef, dehydrated chicken, and peppermint flavor for the freshest yet tastiest experience.
Arm & Hammer Ora-Play Denta-Saurus
This friendly, hulking blue gorilla chew toy has one distinct feature that sets it apart from other dental chew toys: it’s infused with baking soda! When your dog chews the ridges and slits, her teeth are getting a nice baking-soda rubdown for an extra-clean shine. And the toy is super durable for even the most aggressive chewers — AND you can stuff it with treats if you want. All the while, the toy will be subtly brushing your dog’s teeth. SO much easier than sticking a for-humans toothbrush into your dog’s mouth and hoping for the best!
Like the carpet cleaner, this gorilla smells pleasant, although not as strong. I had one all ready to order for Eira — and then I found out it doesn’t ship to my Alaska location, so I had to pass. But the breath mints have been a good stand-in for her instead.
Arm & Hammer Super Deodorizing Shampoo
My grandparents used to have a huge white dog named Jolie. Jolie had curly hair, got a bath once a week, and loved to roll in dead things on the roadside shortly after a recent bath. Oh, Jolie. How much grief those rolling incidents gave your mother! If your dog is like Jolie and regularly rolls in dead and stinky things, she may need an extra deodorizing boost when it comes time for her bath. The Arm & Hammer Super Deodorizing Shampoo contains baking soda and rose, kiwi, and white tea extract for extra-deodorizing prowess. And the stuff works. One of Eira’s dearest doggy friends loves this shampoo, and she always smells fresh. Sometimes, I even comment to her dog-mama that she smells like she just got a bath. Usually she’ll actually have had the bath several days before, but she still smells fresh and sweet. That’s a sure sign of a strong deodorizer.
Also, this shampoo is very easy on the wallet. Considering how well it works, it’s a bargain.
Arm & Hammer Heavy Duty Bathing Wipes
If your dog likes getting dirty but hates getting wet, you might try these heavy duty bathing wipes by Arm & Hammer. They contain…wait for it…baking soda to help eliminate odors (and really, I’m impressed with Arm & Hammer’s commitment to utilizing baking soda in each of their pet-related products!). The wipes are a little pricier than other Arm & Hammer products, but they’re well worth it — and on Amazon, they come in a 3-pack for those puppies and older dogs who just can’t stop playing long enough to take a real bath. The wipes also contain aloe, oat extract, and other natural ingredients to help soothe and shine your dog’s coat and skin.
The only reason Eira doesn’t own these wipes is that her owner (ahem, me) doesn’t like the smell of mango, which is the scent these wipes leave behind. I had a terribly unfortunate experience with mango when I was a child, which resulted in my getting violently ill. So I hate mangos and anything that smells like mango. Otherwise, I’d be all over these wipes for Eira.
In addition to the products listed here, I’ve already written about Arm & Hammer’s dental and breath-freshening sprays as well as their fabulous pooper scooper and poop bags on previous posts. So if you’re looking for info on those Arm & Hammer products, click the aforementioned links. Arm & Hammer truly amazes me with how long it’s been in business, and the ways in which it keeps inventing new uses for baking soda. Who knew such a humble powder could be the base for such a longstanding, powerful, and helpful company?
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.