So, you’ve got a brand-new rug for your home.
It looks great, it adds tons of life to the room it’s being put in, and you’ve just finished laying it out. All that’s left to do now is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home furnishing.
Only one problem: Your dog has just entered the room, and they seem to be sniffing and inspecting the rug you have just brought in.
All of a sudden, you realize that a worst-case scenario might be starting to play out in front of you. If your dog pees on that rug, you can quickly say goodbye to that new item by feeling too it!
Or worse, the warranty that you may have as well!
Now, while you may have faith that your dog is pretty well-trained and wouldn’t normally do something like this, accidents still happen.
New smells often confuse dogs, or perhaps simply they weren’t able to get to a litter box or outside in time.
When situations like this arise, you need to take the necessary steps to keep your home and new rug fresh and new for longer.
Deterring Your Dogs With A Vinegar Solution
This is a very simple solution to get your dog to stay away from a new rug, as many people will have the necessary ingredients for this little trick.
It is a well-known fact that dogs have some of the strongest noses amongst mammals. They certainly have much stronger noses than humans, being up to 100 million more in some cases.
This also means that they will often notice even the faintest of scents.
So, this solution (as well as a few others on this list), uses this knowledge against them, by spraying the new rug with a powerful scent that will keep them away from an area or object.
In this case, the secret ingredient is vinegar!
Now, many people may not be keen on the idea of spraying strong vinegar on their carpets. However, even a watered-down vinegar-water solution will often do the trick.
Plus, because vinegar is acidic, and dog urine is alkaline, vinegar does an excellent job of neutralizing the smell of dog urine where they have peed too!
It’s a great preventative AND reactive measure when your dog does their business where it shouldn’t!
Using Commercial Dog Spray Repellents
This is a good option for those people that want a tailor-made product that will more assuredly stop dogs from peeing where they shouldn’t.
Most commercially available dog spray repellent will usually contain some chemical odors that dogs can’t stand, such as cayenne peppers, to keep your dog away from an area where this is sprayed.
Make sure that you use this liberally over this new carpet. One spray may not be enough to dissuade a dog from marking a carpet with its scent!
Use Lemon Juice To Deter Your Dog
We’ve all seen those videos and memes of dogs and puppies tasting lemon for the first time, and then recoiling in disgust.
Well, the principle is very similar to that of using vinegar. It is a strong, acidic liquid that dogs cannot stand with their sensitive noses and senses.
So, when mixed into a lemon-water solution, you’ll also find that it’s a great deterrent for dogs peeing on carpets too!
Plus, if you dislike the smell of vinegar, a lemon spray can also be a great way to add a nicer fresh smell to your home too!
Plus, just like vinegar, its acidic nature makes it great for tackling dog pee urine too, making it doubly effective for your cleaning needs!
Give Your Dog Plenty Of Litter Breaks While The Carpet Is New
This strategy relies on you benign near your dog more than others but is still a great idea regardless.
A new rug often also comes with a new, fresh smell that all new furniture often has.
This might be a nice or completely fine smell for people, for dogs, it can also be something new and unfamiliar, which can often make them a little uneasy.
So, to avoid your dog making a mess, make sure that you spend plenty of time with them while the rug is new, as well as give them plenty of chances to pee outside.
Once the new smell has faded a little, or your dog becomes familiar with it, your dog will likely become more comfortable with it, and less likely to pee on it.
Crate Your Dog When You’re Not At Home
This is a very simple solution if there are periods when you will be away from your dog and home, and no one is around.
Keeping them caged or in one position, so they can’t go near your rug is one of the easiest ways to stop them from peeing on it.
However, some dogs may become anxious when cooped up like this for long periods, so make sure you’re not away from home for too long if you choose to do this.
Train Your Dog To Obey Commands
This is a pretty time-intensive method, but it can also pay off massively when done right.
Teaching your dog to respond to commands like ‘off the rug’ is a great way to both teach them an important command, as well as spend time together.
Like vinegar and lemon juice, baking soda has a strong smell to it that most dogs will not like, so spraying this across your new carpet may help deter them from coming near it and peeing on it.
Keep An Eye On Your Dog
The last solution is also one of the simplest: Simply keep an eye out for your dog.
Making sure that you know where your dog is at all times, and away from your rug, will help you act accordingly around them in the first place.
So, there you have it!
While it may take a while for your dog to get used to these methods, they will eventually learn that peeing on your new rug is a no-go.