Have you been avoiding cleaning the rug or still feeling nothings working?! Do you feel your rugs still smell like urine after all the hard work you put into cleaning them?
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.
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. It's the easiest way to find the spots. I bought one for $12 on Amazon, (I would be happy to sell them here at your convenience if DDW customers voice to me they would like me to do so). 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 lets 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 without your vacuum cleaner and then vacuum the residuals up. **DO NOT SUCK THIS BAKING SODA UP WITH YOUR RUG CLEANING MACHINE! YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR MACHINE!
Do It Yourself Room To Room Carpet Cleaning:
Renting a Machine: If you find a 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 Costco, 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.
Using Your Own Rug Cleaning Machine: Your other option is to buy a used commercial rug cleaner. 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 they did not last long and were not worth it in the end. Of course you can always buy a typical rug cleaner from Amazon, just make sure it has a large capacity to hold both the solution and the dirty water. The larger the capacity, the less trips you are making to refill.
Either way, I feel it is important to have a rug cleaner on hand. Dogs get sick, and this will help with vomit and diarrea, too.
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, add a touch of Dawn (not too much as it creates bubbles making it difficult to fill your cleaning tank). Also, my absolute favorite added touch Fabuloso cleaner from local grocery store, 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:
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. This is done both indoors and outdoors and is considered a form of their communication either with other dogs or you, the owner. If you haven't neutered your dog, this is a good way to potentially rid your dog entirely of this conduct. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee.
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. Belly bands are terrific for marking dogs, especially, the ones with the elastic on the sides. I suggest cutting up a sanitary napkin for additional absorbency to get the best use. I put the belly band on for my anxious rescue just to manage the accidents 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. I highly recommend it as it 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 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 in 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. 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...its 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, but you can also add bleach. You can go to DDW BLOG #0002, 'Wee Wee Pad Dilemna' to learn some good wee 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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