A dog is one of the most popular pets in the world. Not surprising in itself, because having a dog can be a lot of fun as owner or mistress. You can also build a close bond with dogs.
But of course, there are also less pleasant sides, and one of them is the smell that arises when your dog urine in your room, hallway, or garden. What do you do about the persistent stench of dog piss?
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Many people who decide to bring a dog into their home prefer to buy a puppy. Understandable of course, because a puppy is very sweet and endearing. But if you don’t want to live in the stench of dog pee for years to come, you’ll have to start housetraining.
That starts the day you get home with your puppy. In the beginning, take the animal outside every two hours, so that your dog can relieve himself there. Every time he pees or poops outside, reward him with a pat, a word of praise, or a treat.
You will also have to believe it at night: a puppy is not yet so far that he can hold his pee all night. So set an alarm to go outside on time, but also prepare yourself that you will have accidents at night or during the day.
Your puppy has peed in the house
If you discover that your pup has peed in your room or kitchen, don’t punish him. Your puppy will see no connection between his pee and your anger unless you catch him in the act and then say ‘phew’. You should also put him directly outside on his pee spot during a redact so that he learns that that is the place to do his business.
The smell of dog urine
When you smell dog urine, you can actually smell all kinds of chemicals coming from the urine. Think of ketones, phosphates, and nitrates. If it is only a small puddle, you can often easily clean it without taking all kinds of precautions. You will have to work carefully though because if your dog smells even the smallest trace of urine, he thinks: “Hey, a pee spot!” and then happily urinates there one more time.
Incidentally, this also applies to stools, but with a small caveat. When cleaning the place where a dog has pooped, you should be even more careful and make sure that you absolutely do not touch the dirt. Dog poop can contain numerous parasites, including giardia, salmonella, whipworms, and threadworms. These are also contagious to humans!
Masking dog urine: doesn’t work
By spraying an air freshener in the room, you will no longer smell the dog pee smell, but this solution only works for a short time. Spraying perfume, air freshener, or other nice-smelling remedies on the accident site will therefore not help you get rid of the smell of dog pee. After all, the chemicals that cause the stench remained.
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Neutralizing is a better option
What (often) does help, is to neutralize the odor. You do this by using special cleaning agents, intended against urine odor.
The great thing about these cleaning products is that they are designed in such a way that they ‘eat up the urine and convert it into inorganic substances. The stench-causing chemicals disappear, as a result, eliminating the stench of dog pee as well.
In order to do their job properly, these cleaning products must be able to come into direct contact with the place(s) where the urine is located. For porous surfaces (such as concrete, cement tiles, carpeting, wood) this may mean that you have to repeat the treatment several times to achieve a good result.
My couch stinks, but the dog didn’t pee on it!
Sometimes soft surfaces, such as furniture, can also smell very strongly of dog urine without the dog had peed on them. That’s because the fabrics can absorb odor chemicals that float around elsewhere in the room.
If this is the case, then an odor neutralizer is the best choice for you. After all, if a piece of furniture is porous enough to absorb the chemicals in the dog’s urine, then incorporating an odor neutralizer will be fine too.
Dog pee in your artificial grass?
If your garden has artificial grass, keep in mind that it can smell really bad if your dog has accidentally peed on it. Especially in the summer, the persistent smell of dog urine can suddenly surface again.
See that your dog has urinated on the artificial grass, always start by thoroughly rinsing the accident site. A garden hose is a handy tool for this, but a few buckets of water will work just as well.
Has the urine already been drawn into the artificial grass? Then you can still try to tackle the smell with a good splash of cleaning vinegar.