Clean the area that has been soiled. Avoid using ammonia based products to clean dog urine. Dog urine has ammonia in it and he/she may be encouraged to go in the same area. Remember, your dog’s sense of smell is a hundred times better than yours.
Now spray this mixture onto the spot. The _______ smell is too overwhelming to a dog and he/she will be deterred from using that spot as his/her bathroom. Make sure to respray the area every 24 hours until the dog completely loses interest in that area.
The ________ I add as an additional precaution just in case your pet decides to lick the spray, not only will his/her nose be bothered but his/her tongue will be as well.
Another way I have stopped my pet from going the bathroom in unwanted spots is rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub onto the spot. Again, the scent is too much for the dog to bear and will deter him/her from sniffing around that area.
*UPDATE* IMPORTANT READER COMMENT- “Love this idea for dogs, but just FYI – cats cannot tolerate essential oils (their livers do not have the enzymes that dogs & humans do to break down the components of essential oils so they can be harmlessly expelled). You can find more info if you google “essential oils cats”. So many essential oils can be toxic for cats (might not be an immediate reaction, but they can build up to toxic levels after exposure)! So, for dogs, this is a great idea to deter them from previous accident spots & won’t harm them, but avoid this for cats!” -Donna C.
Thank you for your input Donna! This post and the other post were geared towards my issues with my DOG, but I know from the comments that this is an issue people are having with their cats as well, so it is valuable information to know that this formula is NOT OKAY to use with cats.
Now here are some tips that you may find helpful….
1. SPAY or NEUTER YOUR PET- It helps!
2. Carry treats outside with you. When your dog goes the bathroom outside give them a treat immediately and praise them loudly and excitedly. Do this every time for 2 weeks. Your dog will start getting used to this treatment and want to go the bathroom outside ALL THE TIME!
3. If you see your dog panting, pacing, sniffing around inside…chances are he/she needs the bathroom! If you catch your dog about to take a squat…FIRMLY SAY “NO! OUT!” and immediately take them to the door and outside and follow ‘TIP #2″ above.
4. Do NOT yell or smack your dog! Negative reinforcement may end up making your dog’s behavior worse, so it is important not to revert to that no matter how frustrating the situation gets.
5. Use a crate! Your dog might have serious separation anxiety when you leave him/her for a while causing him/her to go the bathroom in the house. The investment of a crate is well worth the cost if it means your dog won’t be having accidents while your gone.
6. Restrict their water intake. I’m not saying to not give your pet water. But only allow them to have it while your around watching them. This way you can keep track of the amount of water they have and know when they need to go to the bathroom.
7. Your dog just might be un-trainable. I know what you’re saying…”what?!” Look, here’s the thing…now a days with all these ‘teacup’ brand high fashion dogs being bred (many of them with medical problems) It’s just not possible to fully train them. Think about it…If your bladder was the size of a walnut you would need to pee every 20 minutes too! Its not the dogs fault for being so small. Instead of trying to win a losing battle by teaching them to go outside, try teaching them to use a litter box, or pee pad instead. This way your dog has a designated spot to go the bathroom.
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I’m happy to report that after my initial post back in May, my dog hasn’t had any more accidents in the house. He is 100% trained, and by following the steps above, along with the oil infused spray, I have faith you can train your pet too!