Accident Clean Up Protocol
First don’t panic! Breathe and grab a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar, a small botte of it to pour around the edge of the spot to encircle the urine, some paper towels to blot the mess up and a scrub brush. A small black light is important to find and treat any spots. Having a spot bot or carpet shampooer is handy for this, and agitating the fiber is important! I highly recommend rubber liners behind rugs to protect wood floors and never leave a wet rug on wood floors as it will cause damage!
So now that all of that is done. You have a clean carpet, now what? You don’t want it to happen again, and you don’t want your pup feeling trapped or shut off from your family. Grab some baby gates, a long leash 15 foot works great, some treats and breathe. You are going to make it so your pup starts to see each spot as a sleeping area and make sure that no repeats happen! If it does, don’t yell, don’t make a big deal just scoop your pup head out the door and have a potty party clicking and marking the moment that they pee outside and celebrating them going. Same area in the yard every time and making sure to give stinky high value treats as close to the click as you can with several treats in a row to make going outside worth it. Don’t wait to treat until you get back inside or you are too late and just rewarding coming inside. Which we see a ton with dogs that rush inside after they potty and still have accidents.
Keep your pup either tethered to your side, or within the confines of a baby gated safe room or exercise pen to help them understand we use the bathroom outside. Small dogs seem to have a harder time with this concept than larger dogs as their sleeping and living area needs are much smaller than a large dog. Slowly add safe rooms and make each area a comfy sleep zone so it doesn’t happen. Check for spots invisible to the naked eye with a black light and clean those heavily to ensure no odors remain. Good luck and happy potty partying!