How to Stop Dogs From Soiling Rugs

by Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    Accidents are not an inevitable part of dog ownership.

    Accidents are not an inevitable part of dog ownership.

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    If your dog is soiling the rug, there is a hole in his housetraining somewhere. While an occasional accident may happen, if your dog is habitually soiling in the house, it's time to get back to basics. While you work with your dog to firm up his concept of housetraining, don't punish him for accidents. If you are watching him closely, you should be able to get him outside in time. If you catch him in the act, reprimand him with a firm "no" and take him outside. Screaming or rubbing his nose in it won't help.

    Step 1

    Rule out medical issues. If your dog has reliably been going outside and suddenly starts having accidents in the house, schedule a visit to the veterinarian to make sure he is healthy.

    Step 2

    Set a predictable feeding schedule. If you feed your dog at the same time each day, whether it is once, twice or three times, you will have a better idea of when he needs to go outside. This predictability makes it easier to avoid accidents.

    Step 3

    Confine your dog when you aren't around. The more accidents he has, the more difficult the habit is to break. Keep your dog in a crate or small room, like the laundry room, when you can't watch him to reduce the likelihood of accidents.

    Step 4

    Keep him with you while you're home. You may want to keep a leash on him to make it easier to move him from room to room with you while you're at the house. Take him outside if he starts whining, scratching the floor, or walking in circles.

    Step 5

    Reward him for using the bathroom outside. A treat and "good boy" will reinforce that he is doing what you want.

    Step 6

    Clean the rug with an enzyme-based cleaner. Regular rug shampoo will not remove the odor from your dog's past mistakes, making it a likely target for future accidents. Enzyme-based cleaners do a better job of removing lingering odors.

    Items You Will Need

    • Crate
    • Leash
    • Treats
    • Enzyme-based cleaner

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    About the Author

    With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.

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