How to Prevent Your Dog from Peeing on the Carpet

October 14th, 2011

Pet urine can pose a real concern for the longevity and appearance of your carpet. Pet urine is one of the worst types of stains to remove, because of the mere stench. Pet urine has such a strong odor due to the bacteria feeding on moisture. The ammonia scent stems from the urine acid, urea, urine salts, and bacteria. The bacteria in pet urine will continuously grow, as long as there is moisture or a food source. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take, to better prevent the chances of your fuzzy friend making another “oops”. Also, smaller dogs are more difficult to potty-train than larger canines. All various dog breeds have different personalities, some can be more stubborn. It’s important to eliminate all traces of pet urine because it’s not good for your respiratory system, and can potentially contaminate your clothing.

If your dog is constantly going to the restroom in the house, you might want to contact your vet to ensure your dog doesn’t have kidney stones, or other health concerns.

First, clean the pet stain up with a store bought cleaner. Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover is an effective carpet cleaner, and is specifically designed to treat pet urine stains. One trick to deter your pet from peeing inside is by taking distilled white vinegar and a little portion of water, and mix it in a spray bottle. Spray the remnants of urine with the vinegar solution. White vinegar helps destroy your pet’s enzymes, which that is what lets a dog know they have peed there before, and need to pee there again.

Another great solution to help deter pet accidents is to get in the habit of crate-training your pooch. You want to get a big enough crate for your dog to be able to stand, and turn around. You want to let your dog out to eat, and then immediately take it outside to go to the bathroom. It could potentially take your dog 20 minutes to relieve himself, so be patient. Once your dog goes to the restroom, give your dog praise and speak in a loving and affectionate tone. You can also reward the dog with a small treat after they go to the bathroom outside. After you give praise, put your dog immediately back in the crate. This way the dog learns once it is let out, it will go straight to the spot outside to go to the bathroom. Once the dog is free all the time, it will usually return to that same spot.

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