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How to Prevent Your Dog From Always Peeing in the Same Spot

Does your dog keep on coming back to the same exact spot to do their business?

There’s nothing more frustrating or perhaps as cringe-worthy as having to clean up your dog’s urine in the same exact spot in your home over and over again. Even dogs who typically go outside when they need to do their business 99 percent of the time will sometimes urinate on the same spot inside over and over again. Luckily, you have Mednet Direct on your side, and not only do we have the best and most absorbent puppy mats available, but we also have the expertise to help you solve your dog accident woes.

Why do dogs go in the same area over and over again?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to actually stop your dog from urinating in the same spot again and again, it’s helpful for you to first understand why dogs do this in the first place. Understanding the why behind your dog’s behavior may not make it less frustrating or less nasty to clean up, but it could help you find a solution that works.

Dogs simply prefer to urinate in one or two areas. In fact, the smell of their urine will actually attract them to use that spot again and again. While you may not be able to smell the urine anymore, your dog has a highly sensitive nose, and, if the accident wasn’t thoroughly cleaned up, they'll still be able to smell it. A dog’s urine contains ammonia, and the scent of ammonia actually grows stronger the longer it sits. So, even old stains can attract your dog to keep going in the same spot.

This tendency to keep urinating in the same place is an innate behavior, so it’s, therefore, much more difficult to change or discourage than some learned behaviors. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to stop it!

Eliminate the odor to prevent your dog from repeatedly urinating in the same spot.

One of the most effective ways to prevent your dog from urinating in the same spot again and again is to make sure that you thoroughly and completely clean up existing pet stains, making sure to remove all of the odor.

Because your dog’s urine has ammonia in it, you should never try to clean up a pet stain with ammonia or any cleaner that has ammonia in it. Your dog will smell the ammonia in the cleaner, and it will compel them to urinate on the spot, just as the ammonia in a dog’s urine will.

Vinegar is a great option when it comes to eliminating urine odors and stains. Vinegar is highly acidic, and it helps to neutralize the very alkaline ammonia. To learn more about how to remove pet stains and odors with vinegar, be sure to check out our previous blog.

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