About Pet Urine Stains

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If you’re a new dog owner, the two first things you will want to do when your pooch arrives at your home is to begin crate training and begin housetraining.

The purpose of crate training is more for the dog in order to create a safe space in the home for the animal during evenings and hours when you are away from them.

The purpose of housetraining is to protect the floors and furniture in your home. You can find several sources online that provide tips on how to housetrain puppies.

Housetraining Puppies Includes:

  • Patience
  • Consistency
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Rewards

The entire process usually requires 2-4 weeks and then you shouldn’t have many accidents until the dog is much older.

If accidents persist after several months of housetraining, there could be a medical issue the dog is suffering from and you will want to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian for an examination.

We can’t overstate the importance of immediate housetraining. Pet urine stains are very difficult to remove and contain odors unpleasant and even damaging.

The reason pet urine odor is damaging is because it signals to the animal that he or she can continue to urinate in that location because the scent of urine is already present. This continuation will compound the problem and eventually lead to saturation on the carpet or furniture.

The more urine the carpet or upholstery is exposed to, the greater chance the urine will crystalize and the ammonia in it will start to deteriorate the carpet fibers and the carpet pad.

A truly bad case of pet urine stains on carpet can even lead to the urine ruining the subfloor beneath the carpet and the surrounding walls and foundation of a home.

It should now be clear that pet urine stains are not your typical spills or stains on carpet and furniture. These stains need to be addressed immediately in order to prevent future “accidents” in the same location and in order to remove the spread of the odor and prevent damage.

Do not attempt to clean pet urine stains on your own. The ammonia can cause unexpected reactions to the cleaning products and chemicals you have at home.

Instead, find a local service in your area that specializes in removing pet urine stains and odors from carpet and upholstery.

This service will offer special solutions and products specifically for the purpose of removing pet urine odors and stains. We recommend Chem-Dry for this process for their P.U.R.T.® cleaning system that removes pet urine odor and is safe for pets. The local Chem-Dry in our area is Lloyd’s Chem-Dry in Aurora, CO.

Unfortunately, “accidents” are inevitable in the first few weeks of owning a new dog or puppy and something you will have to live with during the housetraining process.

If you are diligent in the housetraining the process should be fast and you can reduce the number of pet urine stains that occur and that will require professional attention.

Best of luck in a speedy housetraining process for you and your new puppy!

How to Start Crate Training

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To crate train your dog can be a long process but we recommend it in order to provide a safe place for your new puppy to sleep during the night or stay in during times you and your family are not home. The safety and security of your dog comes first and crate training helps.

To start the crate training process, you will need to choose a crate. You will need to purchase a crate large enough for your dog to enter and turn around in. You should also line the crate with blankets and plush items for your dog to relax and nap on.

Once the crate is ready, you can start training. The first step is to place a handful of dog treats or maybe a brand new chew toy right in the entrance of the crate. This will encourage your dog to place their head and mouth in the crate to eat the treats or grab the toy.

Once this step is complete, place additional treats or a new toy in the back of the crate and encourage your dog to enter the crate. Leave the door open during this step of the training.

Once your dog is willing to enter the crate, repeat this step only close the door behind your dog for 30 seconds to 1 minute each time. You should stay near the crate during this process and provide words of comfort and encouragement.

Now that your dog is OK to enter the crate and stay in it with the door closed, start increasing the amount of time you leave your dog in the crate until your dog is willing to remain in the crate for 15 minutes with you near it.

The next step is for you to leave the crate area. Repeat the previous steps with the first instance being 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then increase the time until you are able to be away from the crate for 15 minutes or longer.

The first real test will be to leave your home with your dog in the crate for 15-30 minutes. Don’t extend the time too much beyond that. If your dog masters this step of the training then he or she will start to be willing to stay in the crate overnight or for a few hours at a time while you and your family are away from home.

After Crate Training

Only use the crate for the period of time you feel it is necessary in order to ensure your dog is safe in your home and no damage will occur to your home. Once your dog is familiar with his surroundings and mature you will no longer need the crate.

Is Your Dog Afraid of Loud Noises?

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A lot of dogs hate loud noises. The noises are unexpected and frightening. Common sources of light noises that frighten dogs are thunderstorms and firecrackers.

The good news is you can calm your dog’s fear of loud noises in a few ways:

MUSIC

If your dog is afraid of loud noises, you can turn on music during a thunderstorm or fireworks show to drown out the sounds. The loud music is more consistent and rhythmic than a thunderstorm and is therefore much less frightening to a dog.

RETREAT

You can create a safe retreat for your dog during a storm with a toy and a cushioned sleeping area. This should provide a sense of comfort for the dog during the times the storm is very loud and scary.

TREAT

You can also offer a treat to the dog during the storm. The treat should distract the dog from the noises outside. If your dog is extremely afraid, consider saving a special treat in your home just for these occasions.

PLAYTIME

You can play with your dog throughout the duration of the storm. If the game is fun, it will distract the dog from the storm outside and it will provide exercise for the dog too which he or she will need if they’re unable to go outside in the rain.

REASSURANCE

If these distractions do not work and your dog is still afraid, you can simply rest near the dog and reassure him or her that everything is OK.

TRAINING

If the dog’s fear of loud noises doesn’t seem too extreme, you might consider behavioral training to cure them of the fear.

You can purchase an audio tape or recording of storm noises and play it at random times in your home at a low volume.

Periodically turn up the volume once the dog no longer notices the sounds of the tape. Soon the dog might drown out the sounds of the storm entirely and the fear of loud noises could be gone.

Remember … we never recommend leaving your dog in their crate or cage during a storm if the dog is afraid of loud noises. This will be a very traumatic experience for the dog and it will be much harder to comfort them the next time a storm occurs.