Does Spraying Vinegar on Something Keep a Dog from Peeing on It?

by Betty Lewis
    Vinegar works as a deodorizer on fresh urine spots but is ineffective on dried spots.

    Vinegar works as a deodorizer on fresh urine spots but is ineffective on dried spots.

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    Everyone pees, and Buster's no exception. Unfortunately, there's no magic spray to stop Buster from peeing anywhere you consider off-limits. As long as your pup smells urine in his preferred spots, he'll be tempted to return to the scene of the crime. Proper training and eliminating existing urine odor is crucial for redirecting Buster.

    Enzyme Cleaners

    If Buster's marking inside the house, merely cleaning the spot isn't going to do the trick. He's got a powerful nose that can smell urine, even if you can't. Generally, enzymatic cleaners are the method of choice for cleaning up dog urine. Available in pet supply stores, these cleaners are effective because they attack and "eat" the urine left behind by Buster, eliminating the odor and risk the dog will go to the same spot.

    Other Options

    If you have a fresh spot and don't have access to an enzymatic cleaner, don't bother with soap and water; turn to vinegar. If Buster has just taken care of business on your favorite rug, saturate the spot with undiluted vinegar to deodorize the spot. Allow the spot to air-dry or blot it with towels. Keep in mind: if the spot isn't fresh -- still wet, vinegar won't do the trick; you'll need a bacterial enzyme cleaner to attack and kill the smell.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in pet care, animals, careers and emergency management. She previously ran an animal shelter, where she also served as a kennel attendant and dog trainer. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an M.B.A. and a master's degree in professional studies.

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