Did you know that dogs tend to return to places that have a urine odor?!
Meaning they will build a habit of going in certain areas of your home if not remedied. Therefore, make sure the first thing you do is efficiently clean all areas that may have any urine on them before applying any solutions. I use an organic biodegradable cleaner that’s safe for furniture, floors, and clothes called NuVet Labs Stain and Odor Remover. You’ll need an order code if you’re a new NuVet customer to get started so you can use mine and create your own account: 91207.
Dog urine has an unpleasant smell because of its enzyme, hormone, and ammonia composition. Over time, the odor of the urine gets worse and is difficult to remove, especially from carpets. To prevent your dog from urinating on carpets while you train it to urinate outdoors, you may use certain commercial repellents or home remedies.
I didn’t want to use ammonia or other commercial products because I also have a baby crawling around. I wanted to find something that would repel our puppies-in-training and kindergarten students but would be safe for my little guy. Here is what I came up with!
Please keep in mind this is not a substitution to potty training–your dog will just find another place to go potty inside the house. This solution is to help break a dogs habits of going in a certain area, to help you keep any nicer rugs or carpet areas clean. You can read how we potty train puppies here.
White vinegar is not only an effective carpet cleaner and urine odor remover, but it also acts as a repellant. Canines don’t like the smell of the acetic acid, which makes up vinegar and are likely to avoid the areas that are sprayed with this solution.
You can find it in the baking isle in your local grocery store or order it from Amazon here!
This smell is pleasant for people, but will keep your dog at bay. The citric acid is also effective if you want to clean and remove urine odor from carpets.
If you are using a fresh lemon, roll it between your palm and the counter before cutting.
2 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Combine everything together and spray generously on areas where don’t want your fur baby to pee. This may need to be applied a couple times a week as it will fade.
Yes! It’s that easy!
But before you spray it, be sure to clean up any messes with an enzyme killer! Most household sprays/cleaners won’t work. I like to use NuVet Labs Stain and Odor Remover.
If you don’t have an extra spray bottle lying around, just pour it over a paper towel and then ring it out over the carpet area.
Where do you need to spray?
I would spray all carpet areas the dog will have access to. In addition, you may find your fur baby checking out some other spots in the home. If so, check out this amazing UV flashlight that reveals dog stains! You can use the preventative spray also on these hidden areas, after they have been thoroughly cleaned.
Happy potty training! May your carpets be clean!
Does it have to be fresh lemon juice.. Or can you use bottled. Juice?
Bottled lemon juice can be used as well! 🙂
I had someone staying in my home with their male dog while I was gone. Her dog peed on several spots of my laminate flooring throughout my living room causing damage to some boards. I’m finding my new puppies are mostly in their kennel cause they per on my floors. Could this be why? And can I use this spray on laminate? Would it work?
Hi, yes this can work on laminate. I would also make sure you are getting the enzyme cleaner as the pee can soak into the cracks. The smell of pee will further encourage your puppies to go there. Keep in mind the spray will not potty train the dogs so I would also look into setting up a little bunny tray of some pellets called “fresh n’cozy.” Your dogs will most likely go potty on there. Combine that along with plenty of exercise and our potty training schedule and they will get the hang of it. Give them about a week of the schedule and you can take away the tray. I totally understand not wanting to have accidents in the house–but be sure your puppies aren’t staying in their kennel. Good luck!
I tried apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, didn’t work
Tried Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. It didn’t work
Tried Cayenne Pepper. You guessed it, that didn’t work either.
So sorry you’re having trouble with the potty training. I would next suggest taking your pup outside in shorter periods of time. I would also check with your vet to make sure there is nothing wrong physically–a bladder infection or other issue. I wish you all the best with your training!
Pretty sure this would bleach out colors, both vinager and lemon or anything acid will cause color fading
I would recommend trying it first on a small space in a corner or under furniture if you are worried about fading. It has worked fine with our floors without any fading. We have a natural hardwoods in an oak color.
please can I have the website for the nu vet labs stain and odo as I really need to get some as my dogs have taken to peeing on my carpet, and no amount os scrubbing has stopped them. not happy!
Yes! Here is their website: https://www.nuvetlabs.com/order_new2/pet-stain-odor-remover.asp
It will ask you for an order code. You can use mine and then sign up for your own account: 91207. I hope it helps you!
My dog keeps peeing around my boys wood beds. Is this safe to use on wood furniture?
I use it on my wood floors and it has not stained them/taken away from their finish. I would try a small spot on the beds somewhere that is out of sight first to be sure.