Bug Repellant Recipe

This is a natural flea, fly & tick repellent that horse people use. It works on dogs (and people), too!
Ingredients: 1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Original Oil)
2 cups white vinegar
1-3 cups water
1 tablespoon Eucalyptus or Citronella oil (available at most health food stores).
Mix & Apply: Combine ingredients and put in trigger spray bottle.
Shake well before each use.
Spray a light mist over your dog - a little goes a long way.
Avoid nose and eyes.

Application: Use as needed. For example, if your dog is prone to black fly bites, spray lightly on your dog's belly, and apply some with a cotton ball on the inside of your dog's ears (don't spray around your dog's eyes). Spray your dog if you are going for a hike in tick-infested areas. Re-apply as needed, but unless you have a reason to need a bug repellent, you don't need to use it. If you suspect your dog has fleas, wash your dog.  When dry, spray lightly, especially around the tail and neck areas.  Reapply as needed when you can no longer smell the repellent. Be sure to treat your home as well, vacuum and clean your dog's bedding. 

The weaker mixture
(3 cups water) works with flies and mosquitoes. The stronger mix (1 cup water) is for when your dog is in tick infested areas. However, it is not guaranteed to prevent ticks. Be sure you take other precautions, and check your dog thoroughly when you get home.

Caution: Rarely a dog may be sensitive to this recipe. We once had a student who used the entire recipe all at once, dumping it on her small dog, who had a reaction. Such overkill is not recommended or necessary, but if your dog does have a reaction, bathe him and do not use it again.

Skunk Odor Recipe

This is the mixture we use in our grooming salon. It works better than anything else we've tried.
Mix together: A teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid
¼ cup of baking soda
A quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide

Pour over your dog and rub well into his coat. Avoid getting it in his eyes. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Dispose of any leftovers. Hydrogen peroxide loses its efficacy once it's mixed, and the mixture will explode.