rgyoung777 wrote:I'd like to second Tima's observation about the baths--if you're bathing him every week, that alone could be the cause or at the very least be exacerbating his itchiness. Even if his skin doesn't look or feel dry, bathing that frequently might be pretty irritating to his skin. I'd ease off to bathing once a month at most (or even less often if you can get away with it) and maybe just rinsing him off with water in between baths if he gets into something. If he's spending most of his time indoors with the rest of the family, there's even less reason to bathe him on a weekly basis.
Once you've determined whether or not he's itchy because of food allergies, you may want to look into feeding him a higher quality food in general, such as Kirkland, as Adrianne recommended.
You'll actually get more bang for your buck with a higher grade food because you'll most likely end up feeding less of it. If you're bathing weekly because of that "doggy smell," you may find that switching to a higher quality food alleviates some of that odor.
My dog is bathed very infrequently (in fact I can't remember exactly when I bathed her last) and she has very little odor. She is 55 pounds, 10 years old, fairly active, and is on the Nature's Variety Prairie line of foods. She is fed about 2 cups a day, depending on her activity level that day, and a 30-pound bag lasts her a good while. Nature's Variety is arguably a bit pricey, but there are foods out there (like Kirkland) that you can try that won't break your bank and might suit your dog better than Iams. There are some good threads about food here, and also some pointers as far as what to look for on the label when picking out a food to try. If you end up trying other foods (give each one at least a month if not longer--try not switch through a bunch of foods in rapid succession, since that isn't going to tell you anything about how your dog is doing on a given food) and not being impressed with any, you can always go back to the Iams.
In any case, good luck with getting to the bottom of your pup's itchiness and please let us know how everything turns out.
i've looked into the diamond kirkland, and the closest place to get it is about 40 miles away! , johnathan and i are riding a yamaha scooter back and forth to needed places and i'm thinkin frostbite would get us at this time of year riding that thing that far. i'm gonna check out some other dog foods around the area thats close that don't have by-product, corn or wheat as ingedients. when i went and bought his dog food this week they were out of iams so i had to get pedigree, and don't want to switch him this frequent. i think i'm gonna try to wait a couple weeks before i buy a different type of food, some of you said switching feed alot can do more harm than good for a dog? in the mean time i think it would be good to test trial and see if its boredom, and give him some things to chew on and more activity for him. adrianne recomended antlers and such because they don't dissapear as quickly as other dog toys. i agree! !