How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Smell
It’s probably not the doggie that smells but urine deposits made by the doggie Some dogs will go outside and do nothing then come into the house and urinate on the floor or the carpeting. Dogs mark their territory by urinating. If it is in a new situation or the dog has other dogs around and it feels threatened, he may urinate to let the other dogs know that he has marked off his territory. For whatever the reason may be dog urine like all mammalian urine stinks. The unpleasant urine odor is caused by bacteria, as are all odors and the more the bacteria is allowed to multiply the stronger the odor becomes.
Dog Urine Should Be Cleaned Immediately
If your dog decides that the carpet is a good place to urinate, either accidentally or purposefully, it is a mess. When this happens use a paper towel to absorb the urine as quickly as possible and do not let it dry. Dog urine does not just leave an odor it will also leave a stain. Now the odor and stain have to be cleaned up.
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Recipe for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solution
Do not use aerosol sprays as they do not do the job and they are not eco-friendly. Instead, use the following home made odor remover. Mix together 1 part white vinegar to one part tepid water, I tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent (not the kind used in a dish washer). Mix these ingredients thoroughly and using a terry cloth fabric which has been soaked in this solution , wring it out and gently wipe the area until the smell is gone. Using a dry terry cloth fabric wipe the area as dry as you possible can.
Never Use Ammonia
This should take care of the odor and any stain the urine may have left. Remember never to use ammonia to clean a urine spot. Ammonia is the main ingredient in urine and if you clean the spot with ammonia you are giving doggie the OK to use that spot again.
Alternative Cleaning Solution
If you do not have these ingredients on hand then wipe the area with a solution of mild detergent and warm water using a terry cloth fabric. This will keep the odor and stain from becoming strong until you are able to get the necessary ingredients to do a complete job of cleaning.
Watch for Physical Problems
If your dog makes it a habit of urinating in one spot or anywhere around the house it may have a problem either physical or behavioral. Before you declare it to be behavioral make sure doggie does not have a kidney or bladder problem. Depending on the age of your dog it may be incontinent thereby, dribbling around the house. When a dog is incontinent it should not be punished for dribbling because he is not aware it is doing that.
If it is a behavioral problem it could be caused by something he is unhappy about such as a new addition to the household or other dogs.