Most of the time we will do just about anything for our pets. Even if it means cleaning up the “accident” that your best friend left behind. Here are the steps to handle the mess and smell and hopefully prevent it from happening again. Catching him in the act.
The best opportunity for a teaching moment is to catch them in the act. Be sure not to punish him, rather teach him with words like ‘whoops’ and ‘outside’ and immediately take him outside to show him where he should go potty. This shows him exactly where he should relieve himself.
Immediate Damage Control.
As soon as possible, use a paper towel to blot up as much of the urine as you can from the floor or carpet. Don’t try to dry the urine with a fan or blow dryer. Doing this will set the stain and the odor will be more difficult to remove. If your dog has soiled anything washable such as clothing, put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with detergent.
Fixing the Deeper Problem.
Urine tends to settle into the fibers of the carpet quickly, damaging the padding and sub-floor. Bacteria and allergens will be more prone to grow in the soiled area causing many health problems. Avoid steam cleaning the areas as heat can set the stain if the moisture isn’t extracted immediately. Instead, you will need to hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet accidents.
Determining the Cause.
There are a number of reasons that your dog might have had an accident, including:
- Stress. Major life changes can cause stress, leading to more accidents.
- Schedule changes. If there is a change to yours and your dog’s normal routine, it may be possible for accidents to happen. He will be used to relieving himself at different times so it will take time for him to get used to the new schedule. 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! Taking the time to teach your dog they proper ways to relieve himself will make all the difference. Accidents are common with new puppies. If you are patient and calm, your dog will see that you are trying to teach him the right. He will then be more inclined to listen and follow you.
- 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 him when he urinates in a properly designated spot, then reward him with a treat afterward.
We hope that these tips will help you when your dog has an accident. Even with proper clean up and dog training, the messes can become a problem. Let Chem-Dry of the Twin Ports clean your carpets and upholstery to eliminate the stain and odor! We clean for your health like no one else.