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5 Fool-Proof Ways to Stop Your Dog from Peeing on the Carpet

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April 6, 2021 2:52:30 PM PDT April 6, 2021 2:52:30 PM PDTth, April 6, 2021 2:52:30 PM PDT

Whether you have a brand-new puppy that is still in the early stages of being potty trained or you have an older dog who has just started peeing in the house, it is always a good idea to have some tried and tested tricks up your sleeve to stop your beloved pooch from peeing on the carpet. 

From identifying why your dog has suddenly started peeing on the carpet after no previous accidents, to choosing an enzymatic cleaner that will clean and deter, keep reading to discover five fool-proof ways to stop your dog from peeing on the carpet.

1) Find Out Why Your Dog Has Started Peeing on the Carpet

If your dog has already been house trained, you may be at a loss as to why they have suddenly started peeing on the rug or carpet.

There are several reasons why a trained dog may start peeing in the home, with one of the most common ones being separation anxiety. This may occur if you have started working longer hours or were previously at home all day but are now out of the house more often.  

Another common reason for a dog that usually doesn’t pee to start peeing on the carpet is that health problems affect this essential bodily process.

2) Deter Your Dog with Vinegar 

Rather than spend your hard-earned cash on expensive, shop-bought enzymatic cleaners, why not make one yourself using an everyday store cupboard staple? By simply applying white vinegar mixed with water to the affected area, the acidic smell should deter your dog from peeing on the carpet again and help to mask the strong urine smell.

You can also help to remove the odor by applying a mixture of lemon juice, water, and baking soda.  

3) Facilitate the Peeing Process

Even if you have invested your time and money in dog training, your dog might still start to pee in your home if they do not have easy access to outside space. One of the simplest and most effective ways around this problem is to invest in a sliding glass pet door that will allow your dog to freely leave and re-enter your home to do their business in the backyard, regardless of whether you are there or not. 

You can even find automatic sliding door sensors that offer enhanced security for when you are not at home, and your dog needs to enter the backyard to pee. 

4) Keep a Close Eye on Puppies

If your new puppy starts peeing on the carpet rather than an older dog, you need to make sure that you watch them like a hawk. You may even want to take a week off work when you first bring them home so that you can nip any bad behavior in the bud before it becomes a habit. 

5) Avoid Punishments 

Although your natural reaction to your dog peeing on your carpet may be to scold them, this will not stop them from making the same mistake again. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement and lots of encouraging praise when they pee where they are supposed to. 

If you catch your dog peeing on the carpet, calmly take them outside to the backyard and then return to clean up any mess.