What To Do When Your Dog Has An Accident In The House
At Van’s Chem-Dry we know that even the best dogs sometimes have accidents in the house. While prompt and proper care of the accident is crucial, it’s also important to prevent it from happening again. Here are our recommended steps to properly handle the mess and teach your furry friend not do it again.
Catching Them In The Act
It doesn’t happen a lot, but if you are lucky enough to catch your dog having an accident inside, you should use it as a learning opportunity for your pup. Don’t become too aggressive. Be sure not to punish the dog. Instead of instilling fear or reluctance of having another accident inside, this will only encourage them to be sneakier next time to avoid punishment. Instead, say “Whoops, outside,” while quickly taking the dog outside to where he/she normally goes. Soon your dog will begin to develop the habit of only “going” outside.
Immediate Damage Control
As soon as you notice an accident on carpet or upholstery, use a paper towel to blot up as much of the urine as you can. The sooner you can absorb a new accident, the better chance you have at stain removal. Don’t use a hairdryer or another similar method to dry up the excess urine. This will only make things worse and the stain increasingly difficult to extract. The odor will also become strengthened. If your dog has soiled anything washable such as clothing, we recommend you put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with detergent.
Fixing The Deeper Problem
Even when you have cleaned up the surface stain by absorbing as much of the urine with a paper towel, the urine can still damage the padding and sub-floor. During the accident, instead of remaining stagnant on the surface, the urine continued to seep down to the backings of the carpet fibers. This results in bacteria and allergens lingering and multiplying within your carpet. This causes sickness and other health problems if not taken care of. Avoid steam cleaning the area as the heat can set the stain and odor, and the water can take a long time to dry, causing mildew to grow. Instead, you want to hire a professional carpet cleaner, Van’s Chem-Dry, who specializes in pet accidents to make sure the smell and bacteria are completely removed.
Determining 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 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.
Training Is Key!
You can’t really consider a dog fully house-trained before he/she 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 when they urinate in a properly designated spot, then reward.
We hope that these tips will help you when your dog has an accident. Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but with Van’s Chem-Dry you can count on advanced extraction of all of your dog’s accidents. We provide pet urine removal in the Sacramento & Elk Grove metro areas, including Carmichael, Elverta, Gold River, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rosemont, West Sacramento & Wilton, CA.