How to Get Rid of a Dog Urine Smell From a Backyard

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Things You'll Need

  • Black light

  • Spray paint

  • Flags

  • Baking soda

Dog urine odor in your backyard makes being outdoors unpleasant.

Dog urine odor is an unpleasant downside of dog ownership. During house training, your dog might have accidents in the house. Once you've established house training, your dog might only urinate close to the house causing an unpleasant odor in your backyard. If you enjoy sitting or working in your backyard, a lingering dog urine odor can make you want to move back inside. Some simple remedies can help remove the foul odor from your backyard and help you enjoy your outdoor time again.


Step 1

Identify the dog urine spots using a black light at night. The black light causes pet urine to fluoresce in the dark, making it easier to see exactly where the odor is coming from. Mark or outline each spot using spray paint or flags.

Step 2

Pour water over the marked urine spots in your backyard during the daytime until the odor lessens. This dilutes the urine in the grass and can help get rid of the urine smell.

Step 3

Sprinkle baking soda generously onto the urine mark. Baking soda has odor neutralizing properties that can break down enzymes and bacteria in pet urine.


Train your dog to urinate in a low-traffic area of your backyard to avoid the spread of urine odor. Take your dog to the spot on-leash and praise it when it urinates. Repeat until this becomes instinct.

Dilute your dog’s urine by increasing its water consumption. When the dog urinates, it will smell less.