There’s a funny article floating around on the Net entitled How to Prepare for Your New Puppy. I would strongly encourage you to read it before you buy a Christmas puppy. Allow me to quote some of the steps:

  1. Pour cold apple juice on the carpet in several places and walk around barefoot in the dark.
  2. Immediately upon waking, stand outside in the rain and dark saying, “Be a good puppy, go potty now – hurry up – come on, lets go!
  3. Cover all your best suits with dog hair….
  4. Tip over a basket of clean laundry, scatter clothing all over the floor.
  5. Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV program and run to the door shouting, “No, no! Do that outside!”

You get the idea. Owning a puppy has its drawbacks. Most of us get in over our heads quickly. The article goes on to say that owning a dog represents a ten to fifteen year commitment at a cost of $2000 a year. It takes a couple years to house train a puppy, and in that time they can do much damage to your home including your carpet. However, owning a pet can have many benefits if you plan ahead.

Carpets and puppies don’t mix. If possible, keep your puppy on a tile or cement floor. Have a barrier that keeps your puppy off the carpet. Most trainers recommend crate training early on in a dog’s life. Crate training gives the dog a place of its own and gives the owner a measure of control over the dog’s movements. If you have the crate on the carpet during a family time, put plastic under the crate to catch any pet urine accidents that may occur inside the crate.

Even with careful planning and training an accident will eventually happen. The secret to pet urine removal is to blot up the urine right away. With a solid accident scrape up the area with a piece of cardboard or old spatula. You must get the liquid up before it soaks through to the pad underneath. Use a clean white, dry rag. Step on it to get out all the liquid. Get it as dry as possible.

Use vinegar to neutralize the urine. Spray the area. Blot with a clean, dry rag. Repeat several times. It’s important to neutralize the urine to prevent odor. The vinegar helps with the odor and also acts a deterrent to future urination. You may want to consider as part of your dog ownership an investment in a regular deep clean of your carpets.

I provide carpet cleaning in Portland, Oregon, so I understand the difficulty in pet urine removal. I encounter urine odor all the time and have invested heavily in equipment designed for the purpose of pet urine removal. Many of the over-the-counter urine cleaners depend on chemicals to combat urine odor. They work for awhile, but the odor often returns. Professionals know that you have to remove the source of an odor to really get rid of it. I bought a device called the Water Claw that sucks the dissolved urine clear down to the sub floor.

Hope this information helps. Until next time…Sean.