How to Clean up Doggy ‘Accidents’ in the Home. 

If you have a puppy or rescue dog or multiple dogs, chances are at some point, you are going to have to clean up the dreaded accidents that unfortunately sometimes occur. Young puppies are not able to ‘hold’ their urges for as long as adult dogs so it is always important to make sure they have regular access to the outdoors to avoid too many accidents on the carpet.

Rescue dogs can sometimes have lapses in house training if they have been kennelled for a while and even dogs with normal house training manners can have the odd accident if they are feeling unwell or left in for too long.  Likewise, elderly dogs can become incontinent and less able to realise when they need to go out, so rather like puppies, they need more frequent trips to the garden.

So, what to do if you find yourself in the predicament of having to clean up doggy puddles, or worse, from your carpet?  This Holidays 4 Dogs article will provide some hints and tips, including ideas for natural home made cleaners, as well as proprietary cleaners that will remove stains and odours effectively.

Whenever dogs urinate or poop they pass particular scent chemicals that encourages them to return to the same ‘scent’ spots which, in turn, prompts their elimination response.  Therefore, it is really important to ensure that any messes are cleaned thoroughly with the right products to eliminate these chemicals as far as possible, because with puppies in particular, the presence of urine odours in the house will encourage the pup to carry on eliminating in the same spots. Also, because a dog’s sense of smell is so much greater than ours, they can easily detect odours that have simply been masked with ordinary house hold cleaners.

If your dog eliminates in the house, quickly blot the area with paper towels.  Pour a small amount of water on the spot and keep blotting with paper until the liquid becomes clear.

Use a specialised pet cleaner applied to the spot.  This needs to be an odour remover with anti-microbial enzymes which will break down and neutralise the smell.  There are various products you can buy such as, ‘Urine Off’ or ‘Simple Solution Urine Destroyer’.  Ordinary carpet cleaning products won’t break down the bacteria in pet urine, so this won’t discourage your dog from using the same spot again and won’t effectively remove odours from your home.

If you want to have a go at making your own natural cleaning products that work really well on doggy urine, a combination of vinegar and baking soda works a treat.  Baking soda is a natural odour remover and white vinegar is perfect for getting rid of stains, even old accident stains.

What you will need:

2 cups of lukewarm water

4 tablespoons of baking soda

2 cups of distilled white vinegar.

Pour the water and vinegar together and slowly ass the baking soda because it will fizz readily.  You can pour the solution into a spray bottle for easy of use.  Throughly spray the spot and leave it for several minutes before rubbing with a cloth and then blotting up with kitchen paper or a towel.

You can also use these ingredients with a different method. Blot up the excess urine to start. Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda.  Mix up the water and vinegar and pour the solution directly onto the soiled area.  This will create that ‘fizz’ which will penetrate into the stain.  After a few minutes, rub with a cloth and blot up excess moisture.

If your dog poops indoors, fingers crossed he will leave a nice solid lump, but invariably if you have an already house trained dog, pooping indoors can often mean the dog has an upset tummy.  If the poop leaves a stain on the carpet, remove as much excess as you can and blot in the same way as you would for urine.  If there is a great deal of mess, use a piece of card to scoop underneath and avoid pressing the substance into the carpet any further.  Use a specialised cleaner as above – you may well need to repeat two or three times to effectively remove the stain and odour.

Always try and resist the temptation to scrub the carpet as this will potentially spoil the texture and simply rub the odour deeper into the fibres.  Even the palest coloured carpets can be cleaned so well you will not see any stains, but it does make all the difference if you use the right products.

Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the occasional mess if you have dogs, but remember as tempting as it might be, do not shout at your dog for urinating or soiling in the house and especially not if the accident happened while you were out or otherwise not supervising your dog.

Set your dog or puppy up for success, make sure you supervise puppies and older dogs and make sure they have frequent access to the outdoors.  Other than this, accept there may well be the odd accident and keep some suitable cleaners on hand so you can implement operation clean up if needs be!

A. Gordon.