Dog Smells – Yuck! [break]
Dog smells are just one of the hazards of dog ownership. Along with getting rid of fleas, getting rid of smells is a problem that most dog owners face at some time. Actually, you can look at getting rid of dog smells in the same way as getting rid of fleas. You need to treat the dog and its environment to get on top of the situation. So, how do you get rid of a dog urine smell? [break]
This post is about:[break]
- Preventing dog urine smell
- Getting rid of dog urine smells[break]
Avoid the Smell of Dog Urine: Deal with Your Dog’s Potty Training![break]
OK, if you have a puppy and you are training it, or if you have an older dog who is incontinent, you will naturally have accidents around the house occasionally. But if you have an older dog and have had it for some time, ask yourself if you have fully addressed its potty training. No? Go back to basics.[break]
- Take your dog out regularly, or at the very least, allow it to have access to the outside.
- “Regular” can mean every 30 minutes for a small puppy! Make sure he is taken outside after every activity – ie after eating, after sleeping, after playing.
- If you are leaving your dog for hours while you are at work, it is not surprising that there are accidents. If you can’t take your dog out, arrange for a friend to do it or employ a dog walker. Your dog deserves to have exercise and the chance to toilet outside.
- Don’t punish accidents, reward the behaviour you want – give treats when your dog “goes” outside.[break]
Urine Marking [break]
Dogs who are house trained and who have every opportunity to go outside to toilet will still sometime pee in the house. This is a separate issue to potty training. These dogs are marking with their urine to show their possession or because they feel insecure. [break]
- Male dogs mark more than females
- Small dogs mark more than larger ones
- Entire dogs (ie not neutered) will mark more than neutered dogs.[break]
Prevent Urine Marking[break]
If you neuter your dog early, you may prevent urine marking altogether. Sometimes castrating later on will stop the problem too. Otherwise, you need to break the habit. Catch him as soon as he starts to lift his leg or starts to sniff – distract him by shaking a can or plastic bottle filled with coins. Reinforce good behaviour by rewarding when he “goes” in an acceptable place, ie outside.[break]
Make Your House Smell-Proof[break]
Accidents are far easier to deal with if they are on hard surfaces. Urine will soak into carpets and once it has reached the carpet backing it will be difficult to eradicate the smell completely. Urine on a hard surface can be mopped up and won’t penetrate. Keep carpet for upstairs areas and rooms where your dog doesn’t go – it will make cleaning a far quicker job.[break]
Removing a Dog Urine Smell from a Carpet [break]
Once a dog has urinated, for whatever reason, in an area it will tend to do so again. The smell of the urine, if not removed completely, will draw the dog back to the same place. [break]
Whatever you do, don’t use an ammonia based product – there is ammonia in urine and to a dog, it will smell the same.[break]
Here’s a home remedy for dealing with urine smells:[break]
- Soak up as much of the urine as possible. Use layers of paper towels or newspaper and tread on it to get up as much of the urine as possible.
- If you were out when the accident happened and it has dried up, you may not find it. Pet store sell special “black lights” that show up urine stains.
- Make up your own solution: Half white vinegar and half water.
- Soak the area and blot up again.
- Leave to dry.
- Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the spot.
- Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of dish washing liquid and carefully pour this over the baking soda.
- Work into the carpet using your fingers (wear rubber gloves) or a small stiff brush.
- Vacuum up any residue.[break]
This home remedy for removing dog urine smells is effective, but time consuming. If you don’t have the time or have to deal with the problem on a regular basis, you may want to buy a ready made pet cleaning product. These should have enzymes in them that will break down the molecules that are responsible for causing smells.[break]
Removing Urine Smells from Hard Floors[break]
This is so much easier – just mop over the floor with a solution of warm water and vinegar in a 3:1 solution. [break]
- Make sure that you potty train your dog and provide ample opportunity for outdoor toileting.
- Discourage marking behaviour.
- Treat any “accidents” as soon as they occur.
- Thoroughly clean up using a solution that will break down the enzymes that cause dog urine smells. [break]
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