Dog Keeps Peeing In Same Spot: How To Get Rid Of A Bad Habit Effortlessly
It can be difficult to persuade your dog that the spot in your closet, on your prized potted fig tree, or under the table is not, in fact, an appropriate potty area.
But it is possible. To break the habit for good, all you need is a well-thought-out, precisely timed strategy.
Forever Get Rid Of The Smell.
The scent of dried urine acts as an attractant, so your dog will keep peeing in the same spot as long as there is any trace of it.
“But I clean!” you protest, despite the fact that you do indeed use carpet spray on your dog’s favorite pee spots.
When your dog pees on the floor, however, the urine soaks through the carpet, into the backing, and occasionally even down to the hardwood beneath.
To break down the uric acid salt crystals in the stain, you’ll need to use an enzyme-based pet stain cleaner.
Regular soaps, detergents, and homemade cleaners (such as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar) do not break down uric acid, so if you’ve been putting off buying a real pet stain remover, traces of uric acid are almost certainly still present.
How To Remove Urine Stains With An Enzymatic Cleaner
Use paper towels to soak up as much urine as possible for fresh stains.
Then, generously spray the spot with an enzymatic cleaner. It should appear as if you’re overusing. That stuff is pricey, but it’s well worth it if it prevents you from having to replace the carpet.
Spray the surrounding area as well. Because urine splashes, traces of pee may be found near the wet spot.
Follow the spray’s instructions. In most cases, you’ll have to wait a few minutes before blotting the area.
When cleaning urine stains, never use a steam cleaner. Urine contains protein, which “cooks” when heated in the same way that an egg does when cracked into a hot pan.
So, how do you know if that urine stain is truly gone?
After the first application has dried, you can use a handheld black light and/or the enzymatic cleaner again.
You may need to use a pet gate or other barrier to keep your dog out of the area now that you’ve worked so hard to remove the stain.
Even though taking away the scent takes away a very important cue, the visual cue will still make them want to come back to mark their scent.
Switch things up.
It’s time to switch up those visual cues now that the scent is gone.
Are you able to reposition furniture? Why not put up a barrier? You could cover the area with a rubber mat.
Repurpose your area
You’ll need to retrain your dog’s mental cues now that the scent-based and visual cues are gone.
Because, despite the fact that the area looks and smells different, they’ll remember peeing there fondly.
Spending time in that area playing, practicing tricks, and possibly putting your dog’s food and water bowls there can all help.
When Your Dog Keeps Peeing In The Same Place, Here Are Some Training Tips:
So, you’ve dismantled your dog’s pee spot. What’s next?
Your dog will find a new favorite spot unless you have some training in place.
Make sure your dog has plenty of access to the outdoors while you’re working on the above steps.
When do you think your dog has an accident? Is it when you’re sleeping at night or when you’re at work during the day? You can crate your dog during those times, hire a certified professional dog walker (who has business insurance, knows CPR, and won’t make silly mistakes like leaving doors unlocked), or take your dog out more frequently if you can.
Are they alerting you when they need to use the restroom? If that doesn’t work, try potty bells.
Is it their intention to mark the spot by lifting their leg? Dogs who live in a house with a fenced-in backyard may be more prone to this. Their need for relief may be met in the backyard, but not their desire for new, novel areas scented with other dogs’ urine. Pee-mail is a type of mental exercise. More walks around the block, in the park, or in other public places can satisfy this need, preventing your dog from doing it inside.
When Should You See A Vet?
Urinary issues, such as a urinary tract infection or bladder stones, can make controlling your dog’s bladder difficult.
It’s always a good idea to rule out a medical problem if your dog’s habits have recently changed. You’ll know for sure that your dog is healthy and not in pain, so you can continue training.
Request a urinalysis from your veterinarian. If you’re concerned about the cost, you might be able to bring a urine sample to your veterinarian without making an appointment.