Whether your pup is in training or your dog is fully grown, it doesn’t matter: dogs of any age can have an inside accident for differing reasons. As trusted Pet Odor cleaning pros, we wanted to provide our insight into how to deal with accidents. We want you to have a healthy relationship with your pup in a healthy home.
Here are our steps to prevent repeat behavior and take of the mess and smell:
- First, if you catch your furry friend in the act of “going” inside, you should use it as a learning opportunity for your pup. Don’t punish the dog as this can just encourage sneakier behavior next time. Instead, say “Whoops, outside,” while quickly taking the dog outside to where he normally relieves himself.
- Turn your attention to the impending stain. As soon as possible after you discover the spot, use a paper towel to blot up as much of the urine as you can from the floor or carpet. Don’t use heat such as a hair dryer to dry the spot because it will set the stain and odor. If your dog has soiled anything washable such as clothing, put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with detergent.
- Go deeper! You can’t stop at the surface stain because urine can seep down and damage the padding and sub-floor. Bacteria and allergens can also linger and cause sickness and other health problems if not taken care of. Hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet accidents to make sure the smell and bacteria are completely removed (without hot steam!).
- Determine the cause. There are a number of reasons that your dog might have had an accident, including:
- Stress. Major life changes can cause distress for your dog, leading to accidents.
- Schedule changes. If your dog is used to being taken outside to relieve himself at specific times and the schedule changes, it can take some time to adjust. If possible, make these changes gradually, over the course of a few weeks.
- Home renovations. Changing your dog’s environment can be stressful, particularly if strange construction workers are going in and out of the house all the time. A new carpet may also smell different to some dogs and cause them to mark it with their own scent.
- New medications. If you recently started giving your dog a new medication, it may trigger accidents. Check with your vet to learn about potential side effects.
- Health issues. A loss of bladder control may be a symptom of an underlying health problem. If you notice your dog’s behavior changing, be sure to check in with your vet.
Remember: Training is key for pups! You can’t really consider a dog fully house-trained before he is at least a year old. When you’re dealing with a new puppy, accidents will likely be common. In order to house train your puppy:
- Begin by taking the dog out frequently, and then gradually increase the amount of time between trips outside.
- Go outside with your dog and praise him when he urinates in a properly designated spot, then reward him with a treat afterward.
We hope that these tips will help you when your dog has an accident. Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but it is a problem that you can address and take care of properly. Feel free to call us with concerns or questions. We’ll do everything we can to help you and your pet to live in a healthy environment!