December 14, 2017

What to Do When Your Dog Stains The Carpet

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The day our new puppy, Cocoa, came to live with us was quite an exciting one!
Our new Cocker Spaniel ran all over the house exploring everything she could, her tail wagging and her ears flapping. The kids were just as excited as she was as they ran around the house after her.

Friendly neighbors came over to meet her, showering her with attention and tasty treats. She made a lot of new friends, including the family cat. Her day was filled with so many exciting new experiences. One of them, unfortunately, was the new mess on our carpet.

dog stain on carpetWe didn’t get mad at her for making this mess, as most new dog owners do. But we were still left with this spot on the carpet, and we knew the scent would draw her to it again for future potty breaks unless we did something about it.

The Proper Way to Clean Up Puppy Accidents

It’s important to clean the potty accident as thoroughly as possible. For urine, blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Pick up feces gently so you don’t rub it further into the floor. Your household carpet cleaner won’t work on a feces or urine stain, so don’t even bother with it.

Most household cleaners and detergents are unable to remove the potty scent, which is what draws the animal back to do it again and again. It’s best to use a cleaner that is designed specifically for this purpose, one that contains odor and stain removers.

There are a few spray cleaners out there that are perfect for small accidents. There are also products available that contain enzymes, which naturally break down the chemicals in the waste and eliminate any odors. These products must be used alone to be effective, without the prior use of other cleaners. Dog noses are so much more sensitive than ours are so it’s important to use these products thoroughly to ensure that even the dog won’t be able to detect it.

This is an important part of housetraining your dog. If you don’t properly clean your dog’s accidents, the dog will be drawn back to the same area again, prolonging the time it will take to properly housetrain him.

The enzyme product can properly do the job because it absorbs and “digests” the material in the carpet or wood, eliminating the problem odor, so the dog doesn’t find the area again.

A great way to confirm that the spot has been removed properly is to use a black light. This will enable you to see spoiled areas that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.

Content written by Philip Hanson of ohmydogsupplies.com, search for limited time discounts on car seat covers for dogs online.

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