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| | yes, diet definitely affects body-odor
All hounds tend to be a bit 'riper' than other dogs - in fact, certain hounds are pretty notorious for being stinky, among them, Bassets.
Bathing, of course, can help - all the accumulated skin oils, funky stuff they've laid on or rolled in, plain old dirt they've picked up & are 'wearing', pond-funk or swamp-muck, etc, are exterior "additions", & can be removed with a good bath.
OTOH, what goes into a dog definitely affects their body's function, & yes, can definitely affect HOW THE DOG SMELLS - for better or worse.
Foods with ingredients that a particular dog digests / absorbs better, tend to create less "funk" because they do not create nasty metabolic by-products, which are excreted not only via urine & feces, but also by the dog's skin glands.
If the dog "smells nicer", that's a good sign that this food suits him better than the previous food - i'd stick with it!