Dogs are one of the most favored pets among pet lovers, due to their affectionate companionship and loyalty to their owners. However, when potty training your dog, you will often have to deal with “accidents” around the home. This is most common in puppies, though can also be behavior that is exhibited by adult dogs as well. To understand how to remove dog urine odor, it’s best to first understand why your dog is urinating, and what may be causing their behavior.

Why do Dogs Urinate?

If your dog is urinating indoors on a regular basis, there could be many different reasons for this. Some dogs tend to urinate when they get excited, or when they become scared. This is also common in some dogs that have been rescued from abusive situations, since they often lose control of their bladder when they feel anxious. However, your dog could also be urinating because they believe that they are “marking” their territory around the house. This may be the case if your dog hasn’t been spayed or neutered. In many cases, a male dog that hasn’t been neutered will feel the need to claim their “domain”, which may result in them urinating on furniture, carpets or even shoes. Your dog could also be urinating indoors because they aren’t given enough outdoor time in which to go to the bathroom, or they haven’t been fully potty trained yet.

How Can I Stop My Dog From Urinating?

The best way to stop your dog from urinating is to identify the reason why they are urinating indoors. If they are exhibiting territorial behavior, you may need to engage in dominance training. If they aren’t fully potty trained, you need to devote more time to potty training your dog, or try crate training. By stopping the problem at its source, you will reduce the risk that you will have to clean up more dog urine in the future.

What Can I Do to Remove Dog Urine Odor?

To remove the smell of dog urine, it’s best to first try a homemade recipe for dog urine odor removal. Try using a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. This can help to neutralize the existing odor of the dog urine, and will help to remove any residual stains as well. Be sure to rinse the affected area with plenty of water after applying a homemade dog urine odor remover.

If you have a particularly strong-smelling area of dog urine, you may want to go directly to trying a commercial dog urine odor removal product. Many of these products are sold at pet supply stores, usually in the pet care section. Be sure to pay close attention to the instructions, in order to ensure that you are able to effectively remove the odor of the dog urine. If necessary, you may want to use a combination of products (such as a spray product and a carpet powder) in order for the odor of the dog urine to be completely neutralized.

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