Dogs, also known as man’s best friend, can bring so much joy to our lives. However, anyone who has had a pet dog (especially a puppy) knows perfectly well pet urine accidents often occur. Carpet stains and terrible odors can be a serious problem, but can you stay mad at your furry little friend?
At Van’s Chem-Dry, we’ve provided homeowners in Sacramento and Elk Grove with a solution. Our advanced P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) works like magic to remove tough stains and odors. Even some of the most urine-soaked carpets we’ve come across have been saved by this breakthrough treatment. It attacks urine stains at their source to not only mask the odor but eliminate it. An independent lab study found that our process removes an amazing 99.2% of all bacteria from pet urine stains in carpets.
We also believe that some of the best protection in the future for your carpets and upholstery starts with preventative action today. This month we want to share with you some of our tips on how to train your dog not to pee on the carpet. Be sure to check out our blog for more monthly cleaning tips and tricks to give you a drier, cleaner, and healthier home.
Training Your Dog Can Help Protect Carpet
There exists a variety of ways to train your dog not to relieve themselves inside your home, but here we’ve included some of our favorites. They’re some that we’ve tried with our pets and have seen exceptional results. Whatever training method you decide to follow, it’s important to start it with your dog as soon as possible (preferably when they’re a puppy). Change in a dog’s behavior might take some time, but the consistent and balanced repetition of training can help the process.
The Kennel Method
- Find a crate or kennel that’s the right size for your dog—large enough to stand up, turn around, and move comfortably, but small enough that it isn’t easy for your pet to relieve themselves inside.
- Add a pillow, treats, and toys to make the kennel comfortable and cozy.
- Use phrases like “let’s go”, “in your crate”, or “inside” as verbal cues to help your dog learn to go in and out of the kennel. Toys and treats can also be used as reinforcement to associate their good behavior with a reward.
- Establish a specific time each day for your dog to spend in the kennel—like while you’re sleeping at night or away at work during the day. Just be sure not to leave them in their kennel for too long, especially for large or high energy breeds.
- Because dogs typically don’t use the bathroom in the same place where they sleep, after each kennel time is a great opportunity to take your pet outside to relieve themselves. This can also help your dog associate kennel time with a bathroom break afterward.
- Every time your dog relieves himself outside, offer a toy, or treat as a reward to associate the behavior with a positive reward.
The Schedule Method
- Determine how often your dog should need to use the bathroom. Puppies will need to relieve themselves more frequently.
- Also, determine the times of day your dog will need to relieve himself. Common times are in the morning, after drinking water or eating meals, before bed, or after kennel time.
- Avoid negative reinforcement or punishing your dog when they have accidents. This isn’t always effective. Instead, move your dog outdoors when you see them preparing to go, then clean up the urine stain from your carpet.
- Take your dog outdoors about 5 minutes before each anticipated bathroom time.
- Every time your dog relieves himself outside, praise and reward him with treats, toys, and verbal praise.
- Make adjustments to your dog’s schedule as necessary—especially as he/she grows.
The Puppy Pad Method
- Purchase pee pads that are the appropriate size for your dog.
- Place the pad in a specific, easily accessible spot—preferably on the tile or wood floor—and keep it there.
- Just before your dog’s anticipated bathroom time, take him to the pad and continue returning until he relieves himself there.
- Give your dog praise every time he relieves himself on the pad.
- Clean the area and replace the pad often.
- Gradually move the pad toward the door to transition it to outside. Eventually, take it outdoors on the grass or wherever you prefer. Just make sure it’s easily accessible with a doggy door.
Pet Urine Odor Removal In Sacramento and Elk Grove, California
We hope these different training methods help you and your dog live in a cleaner and healthier home. Be sure to check out our other blog post on the topic “How to Treat and Prevent Dog Accidents” for more tips. Van’s Chem-Dry is dedicated to providing you a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier through pet urine removal treatment and our array of professional cleaning services.