DOGS & CARPETS: A CLEANING GUIDE
DDW BLOG Post #0001
From spot cleaning to the big job of cleaning wall to wall carpet, DDW shares what will get you the best results while you have no choice but to keep your carpets. From which machines to use and how to accomplish a lingering lavender smell, you will be telling all of your friends of your great find. You will be saving tons of money with the alternative suggested here and throwing the expensive store-bought solutions away.
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I would like to first say that dogs just love to pee on carpets. If you have carpets, but do not have your new dog YET...you need to know this dog fact and brace yourself! It is best if you do not have any carpeting in your house while training or, if possible, ever. If you have carpeting already soiled by the pup AND you insist on keeping your rug, I have an inexpensive option for you that works amazingly and I give all my secrets away in this BLOG post!
Spot Cleaning: Let us start first with finding their favorite spots where they have been peeing or marking. I highly recommend getting a flashlight that shines a black light (AMZN) It's the easiest way to find the spots. I bought one for $12 on Amazon. Coming from personal experience, this was one of my best purchases besides the rug cleaner I bought. It really opened my eyes to how badly out of control the situation was.
Once You Find The Spots:
There are so many expensive pet cleaning solutions for carpet out there, but let us go back to the basics; a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. If you are just cleaning the spots here and there, this will work great. You will be so impressed you will be telling all of your friends!! First, spray your 50/50 home concoction on the area, don't be shy with it. This will counter the ammonia enzymes and smell. Secondly, pour some baking soda on top of the saturated area and let it sit. You will know when the baking soda has completed its job because it draws the urine up and holds it in; the baking soda will be YELLOW!! EWW, but the job is DONE and DONE well!! I would recommend picking the bulk of it up before vacuuming. **DO NOT suck the baking soda up with your rug cleaning machine! You will compromise the performance of the machine!!
Do It Yourself Room To Room Carpet Cleaning:
Renting a Machine: If you find yourself in a position where the ENTIRE wall to wall rug (not including silk or wool, etc.) needs to be cleaned, this is best done with a commercial cleaner. I say this because these machines have a bigger capacity for the cleaning solution AND the dirty water it sucks up. I had initially rented mine at Job Lots and even my local supermarket. They are bulky and not fun dragging in/out of the car or up/down the stairs. Although, I did manage on my own at 5'2" and in my 40's ..please do not strain yourself and have help on hand ahead of time. These rented machines have a 24-hour rental limit. Plan on getting the job done within that time frame to avoid added costs if you prefer.
A commercial rug cleaner would last longer and would mean fewer trips to fill with cleaner and dispose of dirty water (for a suggested AMZN model, CLICK HERE). They seem to have a better performance, as well. Your other option is to buy a used commercial rug cleaner. They can be a bit more expensive and may be worth it. Buying a used one: you can find access to those opportunities as they are offered with direct contact information on your rental machines. If you insist on keeping your carpets, I highly suggest this option. I have bought expensive rug cleaners and was using them often enough; a commercial cleaner has more durability and would have served my usage better.
Using Your Own Rug Cleaning Machine: Of course, you can always buy a typical rug cleaner from Amazon, click here for a HOOVER(AMZN), or if you prefer a BISSEL(AMZN) that holds great reviews. When choosing just to make sure it has a large capacity to hold both the solution and the dirty water. The larger the capacity, the fewer trips you are making to refill.
Either way, it is important to have a rug cleaner on hand. Dogs get sick, and this will help with both incidents like vomit and diarrhea.
The Cleaner/ Solution: Theee solution, your solution....again, start with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. I suggest getting a mega bottle of Vinegar for a few dollars at Costco or the like. Also, my absolute favorite added touch Fabuloso cleaner from the local grocery stores, dollar store, etc. Fabuloso is a house cleaner and leaves a beautiful lingering lavender smell. Importantly, ammonia is not listed as an ingredient in Fabuloso. This is important because dogs are prompted to pee on anything scented with ammonia. When everything has dried, you can opt to sprinkle baking soda on your carpet to vacuum up after it has completely dried. This will help with any residual bad odors to be absorbed. TIP: Some expensive store-bought pet cleaning solutions actually set the stain!
DO NOT Clean with Ammonia: This is extremely important. DO NOT use chemicals that contain ammonia when cleaning your house. Your pup will be drawn to urinating all over, you will only be confusing the dog if he/she is getting reprimanded doing so. Ultimately, cleaning will be a constant battle for you.
Preventative Habits/ Your Job:
Exercise is always the best solution, but minimizing his/her territory will, also, help control any symptom from the anxiety which can result in marking. Limit roaming in house by keeping doors closed and gates up. There are options for both male and female dogs who are suffering from incontinence, marking (both males and females can be markers) or for the females, a heat cycle.
Marking, for example, is a common symptom of anxiety. Marking is defined as the behavior where small amounts of potent urine are placed by the male dog. However, females can be markers, too. Marking behavior is done both indoors and outdoors. It is considered a form of communication either with other dogs or you, the owner. If you haven't neutered your male dog, this is a good way to potentially rid your dog entirely of this conduct. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee.
Belly bands, especially, the ones with the elastic on the sides are terrific for male marking dogs. Click here for the ones I personally use for my male pup from Amazon. I suggest cutting up and inserting a sanitary napkin for additional absorbency to get the best use. I put the belly band on for my anxious rescue to avoid accidents and marking in the house. The band gets put on in between each opportunity he is given throughout the day to go outside, at which time it is taken off. It is also taken off during crate time at night; it is important to allow the area to breathe. Regarding females who can be exhibiting behaviors like marking, incontinence and/or a heat cycle, try washable panties. I suggest cutting up and inserting a sanitary napkin for additional absorbency to get the best use. Again, there should be a time of day or night set aside to allow the area to breathe. DDW sells washable panties here.
I highly recommend both belly bands and female panties. This regimen has allowed me to gain back control of my home. Before then, the destruction of my carpets and the constant cleaning I had to do was overwhelming. It would be my suggestion not to allow any dog who is exhibiting behaviors that still need to be rectified to have free-roam of the house.
Wee Wee Pads are available as washables or disposables. These are very helpful for small dogs as they have small bladders or if you are leaving your pet for a long period of time without walking them, i.e. to sleep, to work. These can be very helpful if your dog has a UTI or is incontinent. It can be very challenging to direct your pup where to go just by laying a wee-wee pad down. For those pups that want to do it their way...it's best to lay many down until you figure out their favorite spots. At this time you can minimize how many pads you lay down. For washables, vinegar will be your best friend getting the smell out. I would add detergent, as well. You can go to DDW BLOG Post, 'Wee Wee Pad Dilemma' to learn some good wee pad training tips.
FINAL WORDS FROM DDW
Many dog experts say that a dog that is acting out or has bad habits is not the fault of the dog, but the owner. Please educate yourself as a dog owner, in the long run, you will have a happy house and a well-adjusted dog always eager to please.
Finally, keep an eye on your dog while training just like you would a mischievous child. This way you can be consistent with your training. Give high praise when the pup is doing well and a firm NO when he/she isn't. Please do not hit your pups, your dog should not fear you!
Remember CONSISTENCY and PERSISTENCE....Best of luck, Kimberly
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