How to stop dogs from peeing in one area of the house?

asked 2015-08-27 13:21:39 -0600

I have 4 small dogs - and watch other dogs. They all seem to pee in this one area of my house and now my laminate wood floors are warping badly. How do I stop them from peeing in this area? I have cleaned it really well - even with a little bleach to really disinfect the entire area (as I have a little boy as well) but they STILL pee in the area even though they have a doggy door access to the backyard! Please help! I don't want my floors to get damaged even worse!

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Have you tried using vinegar? The main problem is getting rid of the urine smell. Discipline when seeing them do it, or possibly block them from entering the area.

Ashley L.'s profile image Ashley L.  ( 2015-08-27 13:28:02 -0600 ) edit

Vinger and then, put down a puppy pad, to protect the floors from further damage. I also put something to block are.

Pamela H.'s profile image Pamela H.  ( 2015-08-27 13:39:20 -0600 ) edit

No I have not tried vinegar - problem is the floors are laminate wood floors - how would vinegar help? I can't exactly let it soak - I'd have to use a mop to swiftly mop the floors.

Jessica P.'s profile image Jessica P.  ( 2015-08-27 14:34:02 -0600 ) edit

vinegar helps to neutralize the ammonia coming from the urine ... you can put it in a spray bottle with some water. It would be less harmful then using bleach

Ashley L.'s profile image Ashley L.  ( 2015-08-28 13:59:37 -0600 ) edit

They're all peeing there out of dominance. Apparently they're all in charge there. Lol. It's probably already in the wood. Have you tried to polish and paint the wood area? Tarnish it? Then maybe fence it out till it dries. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and even more so for marking territories.

Anibel S.'s profile image Anibel S.  ( 2015-08-30 23:56:28 -0600 ) edit

Well, at least it's only one area. :) Block this area and clean with non toxic cleaners and an electric carpet cleaner until completely sanitised. Using vinegar and baking soda. Orange or lemon zest is good. Keep the dog well hydrated, walked and watched. Also, see that it's not a bladder infection.

Amy L.'s profile image Amy L.  ( 2015-08-31 14:25:27 -0600 ) edit

Dogs and lots of pests outside hate the smell of mint. Go to Amazon and order spearmint oil. I used it and it stopped him from going where he wasn't supposed to go. Unfortunately, he's an indoors paper boy. Good Luck!!

Lynn P.'s profile image Lynn P.  ( 2017-07-24 15:38:41 -0600 ) edit

I cleaned up urine with vinegar. Let areas completely dry, the I soak paper towel with jalapeño juice and placed in on area and when paper dried out I would at more jalapeño juice . I have only done this on tile so I don't know how it will work on carpet but my dogs no longer Pee on my tile

Kay R.'s profile image Kay R.  ( 2017-09-12 22:50:36 -0600 ) edit

Kay R, Im sorry if this is a silly question but where can I find jalapeño juice? You mean buy canned / glass container of jalapeños and use the juice? Also, how often did you have to reapply?

Jenn M.'s profile image Jenn M.  ( 2017-10-23 02:23:50 -0600 ) edit

The best thing for me is to put a gate around that area to push them to go out doors, or put a piece of furniture there. I have baby play yards around areas that she liked to pee until I get her fully potty trained. It's helped a lot and she's actually peeing outside; it's just poop is difficult

Sarah P.'s profile image Sarah P.  ( 2018-02-04 08:18:45 -0600 ) edit

Maybe a silly question but use the regular white vinegar?

Frances S.'s profile image Frances S.  ( 2018-03-04 18:13:51 -0600 ) edit

We had problems with our dog also. He used to pee or poop inside of our house all the time when left alone. We asked one friend who works in foster care. He has recommended me this http://bit.ly/2s3XuQF online dog trainer. . It's cheap but it delivered the needed result

Katelyn L.'s profile image Katelyn L.  ( 2018-06-06 20:57:10 -0600 ) edit

All that stuff people say to use doesn't work and cost. What I suggest is to add a little coconut oil to your dogs food and then pour or wipe melted coconut oil in those spots where dog pee's. It works

Fred O.'s profile image Fred O.  ( 2018-07-24 13:00:48 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2015-08-27 16:12:06 -0600

Make sure you're using the right kind of cleaners - many household cleaners have chemicals that ATTRACT dogs to peeing in that area instead of repelling them like the enzymatic cleaners. I would block off the area if possible. I would also do scheduled potty breaks for awhile since they're obviously not choosing to go outside, so take them out regularly and get them used to going outside. Reward them heavily for going potty outside by saying "good potty" (not "good boy" or "good girl," which could make them want to pee anytime they do something good inside), and lots of treats and excitement. Basically, do potty training with them all over again. Either in combination with that or if that doesn't work, you may want to consider scheduling their water - for example, putting water down in the morning, afternoon, and evening for a brief period of time and take it away between those periods. Then you know when they've had water and you can take them out a short time after when you feel they may be ready to go to the bathroom.

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answered 2015-08-27 13:43:51 -0600

Using an enzymatic cleaner will help break down the smell in pee that makes dogs want to pee in that same spot. Nature's Miracle is the brand that I use and it helps stop most peeing.

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2 dogs, 1st 1 trained, 2nd 1 was then stayed goin in the hm & I can't get him 2 stop! Now the 1st 1 follows in suit. I ckd then of from upstairs, carpet ruined. My husband insists on pup pads, NO! They go out allot but won't stop inside! 1st 1 never did til 2nd 1 came. Can't stand it anymore, HELP!

Mandy W.'s profile image Mandy W.  ( 2016-10-26 10:50:44 -0600 ) edit
answered 2016-03-09 17:44:29 -0600

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers.. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

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I feel for you...we had problems with our dog also. He used to pee or poop inside of our house all the time when left alone. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Pringles to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do. He has recommended me this http://bit.ly/1Tm6XWg online dog trainer. . It's cheap but it delivered the needed result, we are not ashamed to invite some guests over anymore.

Cristina S.'s profile image Cristina S.  ( 2016-03-09 18:16:56 -0600 ) edit

this link no longer works. Do you know of another link for hopefully an afordable dog trainer as I am on a fixed income.

Wendy H.'s profile image Wendy H.  ( 2018-01-20 01:29:03 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-08-27 18:22:57 -0600

Using harmful chemicals solutions may cause other health risk factors. Try using green products or For the most part, using vinegar may depend on the type of dog you have. It does not work for all. You know your dog best and your training method with him/her. Get creative with your training tactics. Be humble and follow your gut instinct without physical or mental harm to your loved one. Perhaps blocking off the area and initiating the word "No!", when you see the attempt on the area. Take him/her straight outside and deliver a treat he/she loves or hasn't had in a while with additional praise!!

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answered 2015-08-30 21:52:33 -0600

Our pup has his favorite places to pee in the house. We started noticing that it had been where our cat was laying during the day. So they may be trying to cover up one another scent. Try to put a potty pad down where they are doing the bathroom. They might not want to use the bathroom their if something is already there.

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answered 2015-08-27 13:37:35 -0600

Hey there! Here are my suggestions: 1) Have you tried a repellent spray such as "Nature's Miracle Pet Block Deterrent Spray"? Honestly I would try this as more of a last resort and try the following tips first - 2) Block off that area ASAP - put a box, crate, anything! It just needs to be there temporarily to break their habit. 3) You should revisit some potty-training. Have them on a schedule where you are going outside with them first thing in the morning, after coming back from work and before going to bed - all for dogs, either 1 or 2 at a time to make sure they pee outside! If they pee, give a high-value treat (this is called positive reinforcement) every time. After a week weeks, you can start giving treats just occasionally after they go to the bathroom outside. 4) If you have a dog or two that aren't passing the "potty training", crate them when they're not under direct supervision. Of course make the crate a happy and comfortable place for them to be, but they also wont pee in there or have the chance to pee in the spot. Everytime he/she comes out of the crate, they must go straight to the bathroom. If they dont go to the bathroom outside, back into the crate and try again in an hour! 5) If one of them really isnt responding - it may be time to take them to the vet and get a check up, bloodwork and urinalysis to make sure the kidneys urogenital system is healthy.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Hi Nipuni- My customer pups know the difference of being house trained and marking. My customer dogs that mark are house trained. They are just wanting the "other" dogs know that "they" are the Top of the Pack. One pups that comes, the owner and I watch and laugh because he goes right outside and has a "marking" contest with all the other males. (They all go outside when he comes.) They pee on each others spot- in the exact same spot until their "tank" is dry.

Kathleen D.'s profile image Kathleen D.  ( 2015-08-31 12:46:32 -0600 ) edit

I have a pit & he's 4 we moved about a year ago & the past couple of months he has been peeing on the sliding glass door I have tried black soap vinegar I've caught him in the act he won't stop & my house smells like urine!! Please help

Vanessa M.'s profile image Vanessa M.  ( 2017-05-01 03:52:43 -0600 ) edit

I have a 70# Boxer m, Hermes, 6# "pomehuahua" m, Chipper, & 5# chihuahua f, Zoebelle . Came here for pee repel, but laughed at the marking comment. I'm sure this is the origin of "pissing contest". When I walk my dogs, the boys do it. Zoebelle & I roll our eyes & watch as they mark til empty. Lol

Glae L.'s profile image Glae L.  ( 2017-07-02 12:56:06 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-09-01 14:25:51 -0600

Hi, I've tried a mixture of cyan pepper and apple cider vinegar in a spray. I read it on a natural site a while back and thought I'd try it. It seemed to work!

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Did you spray it on tha floor or furniture to and just let it sit?

Lacey R.'s profile image Lacey R.  ( 2016-12-27 15:44:53 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-08-27 17:06:13 -0600

I would take a cotton rag and soak up as much of the urine as possible by stepping on the rag, or pressing down with body weight. (This is helpful if it's on a rug or carpet.) Then I would use a homemade cleaning solution of baking soda, vinegar, water and orange essential oil. The orange essential oil I heard is supposed to help cover the smell of the urine. I also bought a black light to make sure I've picked up and cleaned ALL of the urine. It has to be used in darkness to reveal any leftover urine. So far this has helped limit the recurrence of urination in that spot.

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Do you use equal parts...????

Annie Y.'s profile image Annie Y.  ( 2017-02-11 16:23:57 -0600 ) edit

Please give me the recipe for the amounts of baking soda vinegar water and orange essential oil how much of each?

James N Christine D.'s profile image James N Christine D.  ( 2018-09-05 23:00:33 -0600 ) edit

Also what kind of vinegar apple cider or white

James N Christine D.'s profile image James N Christine D.  ( 2018-09-05 23:01:03 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-08-31 12:36:04 -0600

Hi Jessica! We also have laminate flooring so I know your concern. To clean up the pee, after wiping the wet pee up with a cloth, we use Dawn dish soap and a little water and for cleaning the dried pee. Use a mixture of a little water, vinegar, Dawn dish soap and wipe it dry. I use a mixture of vinegar and olive oil for dusting. It's Great for conditioning wood. I use "Rejuvenate" Brand products on the laminate floor. It is made for all floors including laminate. The Restorer helps to fill in "some scratches" and puts down a protective coating. Remember, when the dogs "mark", they don't take time to sniff the spot. Their nose is very sensitive to other pet Oder. My client dogs that mark come in the front door and out the patio door to the backyard at drop off. I also put down pee pads but that doesn't work for marking. I just have to keep everything wiped up as soon as I see it. I don't always catch them. As soon as I see a leg lift, I firmly, but not yell, just say "No!" They stop, look at me and outside we go. I hope this helps with your floors at least.

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I have found the absolute BEST product! it is Stain and Stink by Bissell. Especially on fabrics and carpet but I also use it on my laminate floors. It has enzymes in it that remove the stain and the odor and I have tried EVERYTHING on the market. You won't be sorry.

Cathy T.'s profile image Cathy T.  ( 2016-10-28 12:05:46 -0600 ) edit
answered 2018-04-20 02:46:41 -0600

I have 4 dogs and a new home for the past 7 months. My male Shih-Tzu is 7, my female Lab is 6, my male Morky is 4 and my male Border collie is 2. My 2 youngest have started urinating in my sunroom. It’s my dining room connected to what will be my ‘Art Studio’. One big room. It’s also their access to their dog door to out back. The room has pergo wood flooring. I have large potted plants, which are mostly where they will urinate. I’ve never caught them. I have narrowed it down to the two youngest ones. Everyday, new sticky puddles. I have a spray bottle with ‘Bubba’s Pet Stain & Oder Terminator” and vinegar. I would spray the area lightly and let it dry. I then would spray mop it using those same ingredients with some bleach and dish soap added. I would also move the plants around. Everyday, same problem. I then placed their dog container in the middle between all the potted plants, as well as their 2 water dishes in the other areas where they’d urinate. Because apparently dogs won’t urinate where the eat or drink. Still, same issues everyday. I don’t understand, as the dog door is right there. I have ordered a different brand of an Enzyme based Stain/Oder eliminator as well as an added deterrent. I have not received it as of yet. One day I decided to walk around the perimeter of the room sprinkling Cinnamon Essential oil in drops. I then gently moved the oil around with a rag. Since then ZERO urine spots. My house smells like Cinnamon, which isn’t bad and far better than concentrated dog urine. I have also added Lavender oil. I’m crossing my fingers. They have also been urinating on my white Paris themed curtains, I have hanging which spits off my bedroom from the other half of the basement. Everyday, new yellow dog urine on the curtains and carpet. I would clean the curtains and floor daily. This has become what I do. I have not tried to put the Cinnamon in the spray bottle of vinegar and enzymes yet, although I’m sensing it may do the trick. The only way to get the unrine smell out of the pergo flooring would be to steam it. Either with a hand held hard surface cleaner, like the Bissell Steam-Shot or a Shark Steam Mop. I have not tried those either yet, as I have had multiple diseases plague me within 1 year 3 years ago, which I’m dealing with. I know it’s not a medical problem or the new home, since we’ve been here quite some time. It’s definitely an attention getter. Good luck.

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