Pet Education Dogs
Pet Education Dogs Pet Education Dogs Pet Education Dogs

Learn about Vetco
Dog Food Cat Food New Brands - Healthy Choices Just Added!
Free Shipping on orders over $49
Video Center
How to Clean Up "Accidents," Urine & Feces from Dogs
Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Race Foster, DVM
Odor Control
Print Article | Email Article
Bookmark and Share
Click here for a pdf version of this article. 
"Prevent 'scent posts' in your home by cleaning up accidents thoroughly."

Cleaning cageWhenever dogs urinate or defecate, specific scent chemicals are passed with the urine and feces. The smell of these substances triggers an elimination reflex in dogs that is not unlike the territorial marking of their wild relatives. Dogs naturally return to an area where these scent chemicals are present, thus creating 'scent posts,' places where dogs consistently eliminate.

This instinctive behavior is an aid to housetraining puppies, since they learn to associate their outside scent posts as the place to eliminate. Unfortunately, scent posts can also be an obstacle to housetraining if (and when) your puppy has an accident indoors.

Cleaning up accidents thoroughly is critical to preventing the creation of scent posts in your home. With scent capacities estimated to be a hundred times greater than humans, dogs can easily detect urine and fecal odors that have been cleaned with conventional household cleaners, carpet shampoos, and ammonia. The result can be a distressing pattern of repeated accidents in the same spot.

To prevent your dog from making scent posts in your home, first blot the area with a rag or towel to remove as much of the dampness as possible. Then treat the area with a chemical odor remover that uses natural anti-microbial enzymes to break down and neutralize the odor. These are the only products that attack the molecular structure of the odor-causing bacteria, as opposed to simply covering up the odor.

While accidents do happen, the best way to keep scent posts outside the home is to closely supervise your puppy when not crated indoors.

Click here for a pdf version of this article.   
Print Article | Email Article

Facebook YouTube Blog Connect with us

Subscribe to email newsletters:
featuring helpful articles, tips and online only product specials from Drs. Foster & Smith. Learn more here !

About Us Article Reprints Awards & Memberships Request a FREE Catalog Tell a Friend
Meet Our Staff Terms & Use Site Map Free Newsletters Links to Us
Visit our other websites: Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Supplies - Quality Aquatic Life Direct to Your Door
For product information, call 1-800-826-7206

Copyright © 1997-2016, Petco Wellness, LLC. All rights reserved.
2253 Air Park Road, P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Your CA Privacy Rights | Copyright Claims | Pet Medical Records Policy