Even the best dogs sometimes have accidents in the house. Especially when that dog isn’t getting out as much or their schedule is thrown off. Both of those things are common among pet owners in Farmington, NM as we all try to adjust to the current pandemic. San Juan County Chem-Dry is here to help though! We’ve come up with a few steps to help you clean up the little dog accidents correctly to prevent repeat behavior and eliminate the mess and smell.
1) Catching the Pup Red (or Yellow) Handed
Honestly, this takes quite a bit of luck. If you do happen to catch your furry friend in “the act”, use it as a learning opportunity for your pup. Be sure not to punish the sweet baby angel, as this will only encourage them to be sneakier next time to avoid punishment. Instead, say something like, “Whoops, outside,” while quickly getting the dog outside to a spot where they usually do the deed.
2) Control the Damage ASAP
We mean immediately! Grab some fresh paper towel and start blotting up as much urine as possible from the floor or carpet. Whatever you do, don’t use a hairdryer to dry any excess urine. It will only make the problem worse by setting in the stain and odor. If your dog managed to soil something washable like your clothes or sheets, put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with your favorite detergent.
3) Get to the Deeper Problem
Alright so you cleaned up the surface stain and you’re done, right? Wrong, the urine can and probably did damage the padding and sub-floor. Plus it’s full of bacteria and allergens that need to be destroyed immediately to protect the health of your family. This usually means getting a trusted carpet cleaner.
Trust us, you won’t want to steam clean the area as the heat can easily set the stain and odor. Instead, hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet accidents to make sure the smell and bacteria are completely removed.
4) Determine Why The Accident Occurred
There are a lot of reasons why your dog couldn’t hold it, including:
Stress. Did your family go through a big change recently? If so, you may have stressed out your dog a little, which can lead to accidents.
Schedule changes. Most dogs love a good routine. If anything happened to shake up that routine, it can take some time for them to adjust. This is a pretty common reason why they let it go inside instead of outside. If possible, make changes gradually, over the course of a few weeks.
Home renovations. Updating your home may seem exciting to you, but it can be terrifying to your dog. It can be particularly scary, strange, and stressful if construction workers are frequently coming in and out. A new carpet or flooring 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.
Note: Training is key! You can’t really consider a dog fully house-trained before he 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 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. Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but it is a problem that you can address and take care of properly. Be sure to contact San Juan County Chem-Dry for any further help in getting rid of dog stains and odor in your carpets!