Wednesday 26 October 2016

Sick of your pets' poop? Top tips to house train man's best friend

Published 27/07/2015 | 13:11

There's nothing like coming home after a long day and enveloping yourself in the unconditional love that your adoring pet can give you.

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But if there's one thing that can burst that bubble of affection, it's a little wet or stinking mess in the corner of the kitchen.

Or worse - a smell from an unknown location!

So to help keep your relationship with your best friend (yes - cats and gerbils fall under this category for some people!) warm and fuzzy, Chem-Dry have come up with a few top tips.

1. Schedule your dog’s feedings

Eating all day = pooping all day. Remove any uneaten food after 20 minutes and do not offer the dog more food until the next scheduled meal.

2. Understand normal dog behavior

When an accident happens, NEVER rub a dog’s nose in urine or faeces, or punish a dog for an ‘accident’. This will teach your dog to fear you, and he may hide when he has to ‘go’. Regardless of whether you have recently adopted a puppy or an adult, the dog will not automatically understand the routine in your house or know where the door is. It is up to you to train your dog.

3. Avoid repeat behaviours

If your new pet does have an accident, it’s important to remember that dogs are attracted to return to spots where they urinated/defecated previously.  If you clean up just a little, the dog will be attracted to “refresh” the spot. If you clean thoroughly, there will be no attraction to go there again.

4. Clean up messes thoroughly

Pet urine is very difficult to get out, and sepcialised household cleaners may be required to penetrate the fibres and contaminates both the carpet and the floor underneath.

5. Prevent future accidents

It comes down to figuring out the why, really. There are a few reasons your pet could be having accidents.  Maybe they can smell past accidents, which makes it comfortable to continue having accidents. Maybe they don’t have a personal space or maybe they are are left alone for too long or get nervous.  With older dogs, sometimes their bladders are not functioning as well as they used to.

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