Did your dog have an accident in your carpets? It can be a big pain to deal with if you let it sit in your carpets. However, if you handle it right you can deal with the mess quickly and effectively. Here’s how to take care of a dog stain so it doesn’t turn into a big problem down the line.
- Use the Teaching Moment. If you are “lucky” enough to catch your pup in the act of “going” inside, take the chance to teach your dog the correct behavior. Do not immediately yell at the dog. This will only encourage them to be sneakier next time to avoid punishment. Instead of punishing, look directly at your dog and say “Whoops, outside.” Quickly take the dog outside to where he normally relieves himself. This will reinforce the correct behavior.
- Treat the Stain Immediately. Do not put off taking care of the stain. Act fast as soon as you discover the stain. Use a paper towel to blot up as much of the urine as you can. Replace the paper towel as soon as it is soaked through and keep blotting until the carpet is completely dried. Do not rub at the spot, as rubbing will only push the urine deeper in the carpet fibers. Also be sure to not use a hair dryer to dry the stain, as the heat will set the stain and odor.
- Treat Deeper Damage. Oftentimes, just blotting up the wet urine will not eliminate the odor and bacteria. Even when you have cleaned up the surface stain, the urine could have seeped deeper and damaged the padding and sub-floor. Bacteria and allergens can also be leftover from the urine and cause sickness and other health problems if not taken care of. The best way to take care of this is to call in the professionals. Do not choose a steam cleaner, as the heat can set the odor and make it even worse. Instead, hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet urine removal. They will be able to ensure that your home is odor-free and bacteria-free.
- Prevent it from Happening Again. Once you have taken care of the immediate stain, the next step is to prevent it from happening again. Try to determine what might have caused the accident. Some of the most common causes of pet urine in the home are:
- Stress. Major life changes can cause distress for your dog, leading to accidents. Sources of stress might not be obvious and can include a new pet or baby, new furniture, home renovations, or other changes in the home.
- Schedule changes. Oftentimes, your dog will get used to a certain schedule and relieving himself at a certain time every day. If your schedule changes, your dog can take a while to adjust, leading to accidents in the home. If you have to make a change to your schedule, consider either implementing it slowly over a few weeks or hiring a dog walker to take your dog out on your usual schedule.
- Marked Territory. Dogs will often mark a spot and continue to use the same spot for their business. If the pet urine isn’t removed completely, the lingering smell can encourage your dog to use the same spot over and over.
- New medications. If your dog has recently started a new medication, it may cause accidents. If this is the case, check with your vet to learn about potential side effects and solutions to resolve the issue.
- Health issues. A loss of bladder control may be a symptom of an underlying health problem. A single accident isn’t cause for concern, but if your dog has repeated accidents and you can’t determine the cause, check in with your vet.
- More Training Needed. You can’t really consider a dog fully house-trained before he is at least a year old. Continue working with your puppy by taking them out often and rewarding them after they go outside. Eventually, they will catch on.
Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but it can be easier to take care of if you treat it immediately and use the right steps. If you are ever in need of pet urine cleaning in Sonoma County, give North American Chem-Dry a call!