By Nancy Cope
The first thing you want to take care of when your dog has an accident is to take him outside, immediately.
Don’t swat him or take 10 minutes to clean the pee up.
Dogs need to go outside very quickly after they pee inside so that they can associate the outdoors with going potty.
If your pup has some pee left praise him generously when he goes, so that he knows it is good to go outside.
Avoid too much punishment or yelling, these things will only make your dog think that you hate to see him eliminate, which will cause him to hide when he goes. If he’s going to go inside, isn’t it better that your dog has an accident where you can easily see and clean it?
Cleaning Up the Mess
Now we get to cleaning up the mess. Gently pat the spot to absorb the excess liquid, don’t scrub because it will only spread the scent.
Then use a carpet cleaning agent and douse the spot, leaving it to sit for a few minutes. If you don’t like chemical carpet cleaners try vinegar and baking soda, it does the job just as well with no toxins.
After you let the carpet cleaning agent sit, go back and pat the area with a towel again. Take care of the spot as soon as you come back inside, if left the pee could soak into the under side of the carpet, where it will always remain as a temptation to your dog.
Of course it is far easier to prevent an accident than to clean one up.
Look for potty signals, like sniffing the floor or circling. If your dog is exhibiting these behaviors, take him outside immediately.
Don’t forget to praise and pet him when he goes! Eventually, accidents inside the house will be a memory of the past.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.