When your dog has an indoor accident, the most important thing to focus on first is discipline. Even the best dogs sometimes have accidents in the house and it’s important to take the correct actions to help them avoid that behavior next time.
If you get angry, there’s a good chance your dog will just try to hide it the next time it happens. Handle the behavior, mess, and smell with these steps:
- Catch your pup in the act? This is probably best case scenario for behavior training. It’s honestly a great learning opportunity for your furry friend. First and foremost, DO NOT punish! Instead, say “Whoops, outside!” while quickly taking the dog outside to where he normally relieves himself.
- Immediate clean up. Urine can soak quickly into carpets clear down into the padding below. As quickly as you can, use a paper towel to blot up as much of the urine as you can from the floor or carpet. Don’t apply any heat while trying to dry up the urine as that will only set the stain and odor.
- Deep cleaning & sanitation. The surface may look better but there are likely still urine crystals deep in the carpet fibers and even sub-floor. Bacteria can linger and cause mildew and other health hazards. If the the accident was more than just a small spot, hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet accidents to remove the smell and stain completely.
- Now, determine the cause. Now it’s time to turn back to your pup to figure out why the accident may have happened. Consider:
- Stress. Major life changes can cause distress for your dog, leading to accidents.
- Schedule changes. If your dog is used to being taken outside to relieve himself at specific times and the schedule changes, it can take some time to adjust. If possible, make these changes gradually, over the course of a few weeks.
- Home renovations. Changing your dog’s environment can be stressful, particularly if strange construction workers are going in and out of the house all the time. A new carpet 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 help you and your doggo moving forward! Feel free to chat with us about any additional cleaning tips or if you need an estimate on the carpet damage! We’re just a phone call away!