Repellent Sprays Used in Housebreaking

Puppies may be adorable, but they aren't easy to housebreak.
Puppies may be adorable, but they aren't easy to housebreak. (Image: phortona/amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images)

Housebreaking a puppy, or an adopted older dog, is not an easy task, but repellent sprays can be an effective tool to use as part of the process. A dog’s sense of smell is the most important of all of his senses; repellent sprays use scents to send dogs messages. When dogs greet each other, they sniff to communicate. Using scents in housebreaking is a way for people to communicate with dogs.

Repellent Sprays

Boundary Indoor/Outdoor Dog Repellent and Out! Indoor/Outdoor are two brands of repellent sprays used to communicate to dogs where not to go to the bathroom. They each have a strong odor that dogs find unpleasant. Spraying a repellent around your house in areas that your dog has gone to the bathroom can prevent him from going again in the same area. The repellents can be sprayed directly on carpets and furniture and should be reapplied every 24 hours. Keep dogs and children away from these areas until the spray has dried.

Spray a scent that your dog doesn't want to get near.
Spray a scent that your dog doesn't want to get near. (Image: ferlistockphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Cleaners and Odor Neutralizers

Before using a repellent spray where your dog has had an accident, it’s important to clean the area and apply an odor neutralizer. Cleaning is necessary for sanitary reasons, but cleaning alone isn’t enough. The ammonia in cleaning products actually attracts dogs because dog urine has ammonia in it. After cleaning, apply a pet-safe odor neutralizer such as PureAyre to remove the ammonia smell, and then apply a repellent.

Neutralize odors so your dog can't smell his urine.
Neutralize odors so your dog can't smell his urine. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Indoor Turf and Pad Training

Another housebreaking option is an indoor turf potty such as the Potty Patch. Turf potties have a synthetic turf top, a grid tray and a collection tray. These work for some dogs, but reviews are mixed. There have been issues with odor and a lack of ease in cleaning the trays. Pad training is like turf training, but disposable absorbent pads are used instead of turf. Once your dog is accustomed to relieving himself on turf or a pad, gradually move whichever you are using closer to the door and the adjustment to going potty outside is easier.

Synthetic turf might work for some dogs.
Synthetic turf might work for some dogs. (Image: Brandon Bourdages/Hemera/Getty Images)

Diaper Training

Training with diapers is recommended only for dogs who are comfortable being handled and don’t mind wearing a diaper. Diaper training should be used when your dog is almost completely housebroken; in other words, your dog only urinates in the house once a day or less. It can be helpful because wet diapers are uncomfortable for dogs, so it will discourage your dog from urinating indoors.\

Diapers can help dogs too.
Diapers can help dogs too. (Image: TongRo Images/TongRo Images/Getty Images)

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