Dog Urine Stains
Your Short Guide to Avoiding, Minimizing and Removing Dog Urine Stains
Dog urine stains can really have unpleasant effects on carpets and other surfaces. Not only do they leave an unpleasant discoloration on the surface, but they also can lead to unpleasant odors, become a breeding ground parasites and insects, and, if not addressed actually lead to water damage on wood floor boards. So what are the best remedies for avoiding dog urine stains on your carpets or floorboards?
The first step to avoiding developing permanent stains is to go to the root of the problem. Puppies who pee on the carpet need to be taught not to do so. In fact, the best time to condition dogs to not pee indoors is when they are puppies and still in the learning stages. Older dogs can be taught to pee outside as well, but they tend to be harder to break of bad habits.
Either way, you must be persistent and vigilant during the training process. You must become familiar with your dog’s urination patterns and be able to read when he is ready to go. Anticipate when he needs to pee and show him out right when he is about ready to go. This may be difficult if you have a full time job, as you do not want to punish your pooch for something he did hours before. Dogs will not make the mental connection between peeing and punishment unless you reprimand them during or just after their urination.
During training, you can avoid dog urine stains by using doggy training pads. Some people tell you avoid this during training because they claim that it creates a confusing message for dogs. If used correctly however, doggy pads can be a useful tool that can actually reinforce the lesson. The usual way that this is done is to create a large space of doggy pads at first—thus allowing your dog to pee just about anywhere on the pads he or she wishes—and then to slowly reduce the amount of space until the doggy pads are only by the door. The idea is to use the pads to get them used to the idea that peeing is for outside. In that way when you finally remove the last pad, they have come to associate peeing with going outside.
Carpet and Fabric Cleaners
Every so often, accidents will happen. It is just a part of being a doggy caretaker. You take too long getting the leash or miss some of your dog’s cues and he or she stains the carpet or the couch. There is no need to fret when this happens. Just be sure to have some spray on carpet cleaner on hand that you can use to remove the dog urine stains and you and your home will be none the worse for wear.
You should, however, remove the stains right away as the longer you wait the more difficult they are to remove. In addition, dogs are very nose oriented creatures. They use the sense of smell as cues to what they should do. If you leave stains in the carpet, you may, in fact, reinforce the idea that the pee spot is an okay place for your dog to go.
Some dogs will mark your furniture with pee. This annoying behavior means that you may get stains on not only carpets but couches as well. Fabric cleaner is what you should use for these. When they pee on pillows you can, of course, put them in the washing machine if they are not delicate. Otherwise, just spray on fabric softener.
Steamers and Carpet Replacement
Finally, if the dog urine stains are a prolonged problem (because a dog is too old to hold it or incorrigible) then you may want to rent a carpet steamer to get the sort of deep cleaning that carpet sprays can not give you. Once your doggy is gone or you are going to move, you may find it necessary to remove the carpet and floorboard at the spot where your dog used to relieve him or her self. This can be expensive, but urine, over time, can have the same effect as water damage.
Hopefully, however, you can avoid this last and most expensive option and get Rover to pee outside.