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    Hi everyone,

    Well, I've finally come up with a problem that seems beyond my
    creative reaches and I need help from pet owners.

    Shortly before the holidays, my oldest son took it upon himself to
    decide to get my kids a puppy. I really wasn't sure about the
    wisdom of this decision, but my 15-yo fell in love with now-5-mo
    Bullet, a shar pei, llasa apso, Australian blue heeler mix.

    The dog is trainable--more than my kids are at times! lol He does
    try to let you know when he has to go outside. But in the middle
    of the night, when the house is closed up and we're all sleeping,
    you guessed it, he's gotta go, and no one knows it, and P-U, the
    stench from these wetting accidents reminds me of an outhouse!

    I had kept us supplied in Resolve till about two weeks ago. This
    month has been incredibly tight, and I literally counted out dimes
    and nickels enough to be able to buy a roll of toilet paper last
    night. I've got to stretch as much as possible till about the 24th
    when Mr. Not-So-Wonderful-Powertripper decides to send the
    money again. In the meantime, the smell in my 15-yo's room
    may kill us all, and I would like to solve this problem before the
    landlady comes up again. She plans to show someone the
    apartment before we move (to wherever, I still am looking), and
    I want to be sure not to lose my security deposit!

    Okay...so the bottom line is...we've got this horrible smell in my
    son's room and no money. Please tell me this isn't a hopeless

    situation that will end up costing me all that security! Can anyone
    help me this time?

    *on both knees, begging while I still question my sanity about this
    dog*

    Warmly,
    Michelle

    From: Michelle Young
    Date: Wed Mar 12, 2003 11:15 am
    Subject: help!

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    Michelle-

    This will and won't help you but first and foremost you must get that puppy
    crate trained! Dogs won't fowl their "den". Dogs think of their crate as
    their den. Until the puppy is older with a larger bladder, crate him at
    night. If he does mess, it won't go into the carpet. More on crate
    training later.

    The smell. There is a product out called Simple Solution that really works
    well on pet odors and stains. I have no idea how to MYO - I know you can
    find Simple Solution in Wal-Mart and PetSmart. There is another product
    called Odorxit (http://www.odorxit.com/frames/index.htm ... age-HOME,g) it
    is web order or phone order but a cat breeder friend of mine with in tact
    male cats swears by this stuff! She said she got years old odors out of
    furniture and carpet with this. Another product is Anti-Icky-Poo
    (http://www.mistermax.com/) it too is lauded by a multiple animal owner.
    These all work due to enzymes and other natural odor eating properties in
    them. None of these are real cheap, but they are cheaper than losing your
    security deposit. In the meantime, try soaking and blotting the areas with
    vinegar. Then sprinkling with baking soda, let it sit, then vacuuming.

    HTH,
    Diane

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    I forgot another product *I* use. Smells Begone. This stuff flat out
    works! My cat got into my Jeep and "marked" his spot.. So you know what cat
    pee in a 100 degree car in Georgia smells like? You don't wanna! I got the
    Smells Begone solid and left it in the Jeep and it was the ONLY thing that
    got the smell out! I also sprayed Smells Begone on all the surfaces of the
    Jeep too. You can't tell a cat "had his way" with my Jeep anymore. Here is
    their web site. I buy mine at the Linens-n-Things store or Bed, Bath and
    Beyond. I have gotten it for anywhere from $5 - $12 a bottle of spray. But
    for a product that works....
    http://stores.skipjack.com/SmellsBegone ... MELLS+BEGO
    NE+%26reg%3B

    The back of the bottle says. "Smells Begone will eliminate urine smells. It
    is not a stain remover. Spray around and above source but avoid direct
    application to urine stained areas." You will still have to clean the
    stain, but this should get the smell out quickly.

    Diane

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    ok......first of all the cheapest way to remove smell from anywhere is by
    buying a very cheap can of coffee.....put in car....room....where ever and
    leave that room/car sit for 24 hours.....cheapest! throw that coffee
    away....it has absorbed the odors. another trick.....liquid dawn
    dishwashing soap.....i like the kind with lemon scent....covers smells
    completely! Liquid dawn takes stains out of anything!!!!! Good luck!


    Rachel

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    Michelle, I also have used the cheap coffee trick with good results.
    DH drives a truck for a living and another driver told him he used a
    large can in his reefer to rid it of odors. Btw, if you can't afford
    a crate right now, try this, worked like a charm when my mom did it a
    good 45 years ago. Attach the dogs leash to the doorknob, spread a
    thick layer of papers out no further than the dog can reach. The dog
    simply won't go. she can lay down etc, but she won't mess on that
    paper. If you've been paper training her, she might a time or 2 but
    not after that. HTH, Poppy

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    In a message dated 3/12/2003 10:16:53 AM Central Standard Time,
    magwrit1@earthlink.net writes:

    > Okay...so the bottom line is...we've got this horrible smell in my
    > son's room and no money. Please tell me this isn't a hopeless
    > situation that will end up costing me all that security! Can anyone
    > help me this time

    Michelle,

    Can you get ahold of kennel/dog crate? If you can then do so, this is one of
    the best methods of keeping them from going inside the hosue.

    As to the smell, well I dont know about that one.

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    Oh, puppy spots. Ok, I use a vinegar water mix to get rid of that smell. I
    m not sure the concentration but I just spray the area after I've removed
    most of the wetness and washed the area with soap and water. The vinegar
    removes the smell and your dog will probably not go in that spot again. But
    as others have suggested, get a large crate or pet carrier. I've even used
    crate training for a kitten, who refused to use their litter box. A crate
    allows you to set your pet's outside schedule and saves your carpet at the
    same time. I know it sounds cruel but most vet's highly recommend crate
    training.

    Anna
    Your just jealous because the voices only talk to me!

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    I agree with the crate; however, keep in mind your dog is still a puppy and
    is not soiling because he is bad, or even because he is not trained, but
    because he can't get outside to go and his little puppy bladder can't hold
    it all night. Whether you crate him or not, he is not old enough yet to
    make it through the night without going to the bathroom, so you should make
    arrangements to get up at least once during the night to take him out of the
    crate and into the yard. Once he gets the idea, it is usually a fast
    process, because he will know this is his one chance to take care of things!
    Some puppies I've had will sleep peacefully on my bed, and start to squirm a
    bit when it is time to go. That wakes me up, and I take the dog out. The
    time between potty breaks grows quickly, and I haven't had a dog that hasn't
    housebroken itself by approx. 8 months.

    As for smells, I had had my share of puppy accidents in the house, since I
    foster for several rescues. Although the best way is to have the carpet
    professionally cleaned about once a month (!), you can keep spots to a
    minimum, as well as odors, through *thorough* spot-cleaning. Dampen a cloth
    and blot (do not scrub) the spot, until the cloth no longer comes back
    yellow or brown. I then scrub the spot with a damp scrub brush, then repeat
    the blotting process to pick up any particles I loosened. (Very important
    not to scrub before blotting as well as possible, or else you'll just grind
    everything into the pad.) Then I lightly spray the spot with a lightly
    scented cleanser (I like Orange Wonder, because it has a nice citrusy scent,
    and most dogs don't like the smell) and sprinkle some baking soda on it.
    When it dries, I vacuum.

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    I have had those problems with cats and dogs. I have used the vinegar and water
    thing quit a bit with some success. I have had to break down and buy the
    commercial odor removers from the pet store though in some cases. Also, you can
    get a black light and use it to find the urine spots if that is a problem. Our
    final answer to all that is now a house that is all hard floors. No more
    carpet! And those goofy critters have not gone on the floor once!

    Diana

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    The dog is trainable--more than my kids are at times! lol He does
    try to let you know when he has to go outside. But in the middle
    of the night, when the house is closed up and we're all sleeping,
    you guessed it, he's gotta go, and no one knows it, and P-U, the
    stench from these wetting accidents reminds me of an outhouse!
    *****

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    Actually it isn't, it seems so at first but dogs are den animals and even my
    dog who I do not put in a crate has made her own under my kitchen table. My
    table is pushed up against a wall and she thinks that area is her den, so I
    have set it up under there with her blankies and toys and that is her place.
    I don't know if she does this naturally or because someone trained her when
    she was a pup. I was given this dog by a really nice person I met on the net
    who had rescued her. Anyway I just wanted to throw that in.

    Susieq

    Your friendly Texas Witch

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    My pooch is a 12 year old minature poodle. When he was a puppy i used a
    large pen for him. Only took him out to eat, play with him, or for him to
    "go outside". I kept water bowl in the pen with him, as well as his favorite
    toy. He was trained in no time. Also, every time he ate, made him "go
    outside".

    Also never had a problem with him chewing things, would distract him with
    his stuffed toys.

    Linda B

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    I;m not sure if this will work or not but it worth a try. Have you
    tried sprinkling backing soda in his room? Baking soda eats odors
    and is inexpensive. I would get a box and sprinkle all over his
    carpet or floor if there is no carpet and leave for at least an hour
    if not overnight. Like I said I don;t know if this will work but I
    think it will at least get the smell out. Don't know how to
    sanitize. Our cat just decided to start peeing on our bathmat like
    very day so we are washing it every day. We've even started hanging
    it after we use it but as soon as it's down again she gets it. I
    think we are just going to have to buy a new one.

    HTH, Maya in San Diego

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    Hello, all

    This talk of pet odors triggered a memory. Back when we rented a duplex, the
    landlord was cleaning out the other side. The previous occupants had
    cats.....who must have marked the entire house!! Anyway, after cleaning....the
    odor was still there....this is what he did: He made up little packets of apple
    peels and coffee...in wax paper. He put them all over the house, and left them
    for a couple of days. After that.....no more odor! Maybe this might
    help......if so, might solve a couple of issues: no more odor, and it
    <hopefully> uses items you already have around the house...instead of having to
    buy something.



    Trish in Illinois

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    One of the problems with pet urine is
    it soaks through the carpet and padding
    then into the wood floor. Best is to
    pull the carpet off the tack strip and
    replace or remove and wash the pad.
    While the carpet is up and the pad
    drying clean the floor well. If there
    is serious damage to the wood let
    it dry well and seal with varnish.
    Only pull up 1/4 of the room's
    carpet at a time and you shouldn't have
    any problems.
    Sussi

 

 

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