Dogs and puppies have “accidents” or sometimes urinate or defecate in the house. To make matters worse, once the area has that odor, some pets may be more likely to urinate in the same spot again! Urine can especially go through all layers of a carpet and sit there for years.
There are several methods that have been recommended such as: "Wash the area with carbonated soda water or with soapy water and rinse well" …or “As a deterrent, mist the area with vinegar, perfumed soap, mouthwash or moth repellant spray.”
However, these methods do not act to neutralize and break down the source of the odor molecule which is what you need. The best dog odor control products for this purpose are commercial products.
Here is a guide to help you choose the best dog odor control products: Desirable Features for Dog Odor Control Products Easy to apply
Safe around kids and pets
Works on different fabrics
Pleasant scent or no scent
Doesn't stain upholstery or fabrics
Ingredients - Chemicals that neutralize and break down the source of urine odors. Avoid ammonia as this can be similar to the urine odor molecule and may not be a “deterrent”
Presentation: liquid, spray, foam, air freshener
Ideal Choice in Dog Odor Control Products
A variety of dog odor control products are available to neutralize and break down the source of the urine odors. For most dog odors, this is the most successful way of eliminating the smell and eliminating the pet's return to that area. Recommended products include: SeaYu Petrotech Odor Eliminator, Urine-off, Anti Icky Poo (AIP), Nature's Miracle, Odorban, Odornil, and Nilodor. Some products come with “money back guarantee”. It is very important to follow instructions on the labels of these products.
Shopping Tips for Dog Odor Control Products
Avoid any dog odor control product that contains ammonia, since the odor of ammonia is similar to the odor of urine.
Carefully follow instructions. DON”T skimp. Use as much as the manufacturer recommends. It is best to treat all odor problems right the first time to minimize repeat problems.
More Tips when Using for Dog Odor Control Products
Read label carefully and if applicable, keep out of reach of children and pets.
Minimize exposure of area to pets until completely dry.