At Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada, we know that even man’s best friend can make mistakes. Especially if you are the proud owner of a puppy, you’ll soon discover an accident or two in your home in places where they shouldn’t be. However, all hope is not lost at having a clean carpet once more when one of these accidents does occur – thanks to our advanced Pet Urine Removal Treatment, or P.U.R.T.® for short.
Rather than temporarily masking odors like standard store-bought solutions, our P.U.R.T.® solution attacks stains at the source and effectively breaks down odor-causing components. We also use special UV lights to detect any other stains that might have occurred for complete coverage. Since our establishment, we’ve serviced some of the most tarnished carpets to become clean once again, so there’s an excellent chance we can help yours not only smell fresh but also regain its original appearance.
This month, however, we want to share some tips on how you can better train your dog not to have accidents on your carpet. Be sure to keep up with our blog each month for new tips and tricks on how you can achieve a healthier and cleaner home.
House Training Your Dog Can Help Protect Carpet
Prevention is the goal when it comes to training your pet. Dogs tend to relieve themselves over and over in the same spot, so training may be easier than you might think.
We’ve taken some of our favorite tips from the pro’s at Wag and wanted to share them with you. With whichever method you choose from below, it’s essential to stick with it and stay consistent each day. Be sure to let us know any other methods you have tried that have worked for your dog as well!
The Kennel Method
1 – Find a crate or kennel that’s the right size for your dog—large enough to stand up, turn around, and move comfortably, but small enough that it isn’t easy for your pet to relieve themselves inside.
2 – Add a pillow, treats, and toys to make the kennel comfortable and cozy.
3 – Use phrases like “let’s go,” “in your crate,” or “inside” as verbal cues to help your dog learn to go in and out of the kennel. Toys and treats can also be used as reinforcement to associate their good behavior with a reward.
4 – Establish a specific time each day for your dog to spend in the kennel—like while you’re sleeping at night or away at work during the day. Just be sure not to leave them in their kennel for too long, especially for large or high energy breeds.
5 – Because dogs typically don’t use the bathroom in the same place where they sleep, after each kennel time is an excellent opportunity to take your pet outside to relieve themselves. This can also help your dog associate kennel time with a bathroom break afterward.
6 – Every time your dog relieves himself outside, offer a toy, or treat as a reward to associate the behavior with a positive reward.
The Schedule Method
1 – Determine how often your dog should need to use the bathroom. Puppies will need to relieve themselves more frequently.
2 – Also, determine the times of day your dog will need to relieve himself. Typical times are in the morning, after drinking water or eating meals, before bed, or after kennel time.
3 – Avoid negative reinforcement or punishing your dog when they have accidents. This isn’t always effective. Instead, move your dog outdoors when you see them preparing to go, then clean up the urine stain from your carpet.
4 – Take your dog outdoors about 5 minutes before each anticipated bathroom time.
5 – Every time your dog relieves himself outside, praise and reward him with treats, toys, and verbal praise.
6 – Make adjustments to your dog’s schedule as necessary—especially as he grows.
The Puppy Pad Method
1 – Purchase pee pads that are the appropriate size for your dog.
2 – Place the pad in a specific, easily accessible spot—preferably on the tile or wood floor—and keep it there.
3 – Just before your dog’s anticipated bathroom time, take him to the pad and continue returning until he relieves himself there.
4 – Give your dog praise every time he relieves himself on the pad.
5 – Clean the area and replace the pad often.
6 – Gradually move the pad toward the door to transition it to outside. Eventually, take it outdoors on the grass or wherever you prefer. Just make sure it’s easily accessible with a doggy door.
Pet Urine Odor Removal In Reno, Nevada
These tips and tricks should help you train your dog in no time! It’s important to remember that even the best-trained dogs can still have accidents, so scheduling routine pet urine and odor removal treatments are essential. Chem-Dry can remove not only pet odors and stains but harmful bacteria, too. Read what others throughout Reno, Carson City, Winnemucca, Sparks, Battle Mountain, Lovelock, and the surrounding areas have to say about our P.U.R.T.® service and what it can do for you. We look forward to serving you.