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5 Tips to Stop Your Pet from Pottying on Your Carpet

Puppy Jack russell terrier lying on a carpet and looking up

Some dogs – old and young, big and small – love to potty in the house, and some breeds are more apt to do it than others. Whether you have a stubborn Shih-Tzu or a genius Labrador, if your pet is into the habit of going to the bathroom on your beautiful white carpet something must be done.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you get your pet to stop pottying and pooping on your carpet today.

1. Use a TevraPet Puddle Pad. We have developed the trick behind an effective training pad and it includes six layers of protection, a unique attractant, an antibacterial barrier and an extra-absorbent core. With a TevraPet Puddle Pad, there is no leakage involved. Your pet will be attracted to the pad and not to random places around your home. You can even train your pet to go outside with the convenience of a Puddle Pad. Read our most recent article that includes a six-step plan to get your pet going outside in no time.

2. Offer praise and rewards more frequently. A dog loves to be praised! A recent study found that many pet trainers offer four times the amount of praise that a pet owner would while teaching their pup a new command or task. When your dog does his business, be overly generous with love and affection. This is an excellent way to show you appreciate what he or she just did. If you think you are praising enough, praise more. This leads us to tip number three.

3. Watch your dog like a hawk. In order to catch your dog doing his business and to offer the essential praise he needs, you must be watching him like a hawk. Keep him in your line of sight at all times when he is roaming about. As soon as he does his business properly, offer praise and even a treat. Let him know he has pleased you. If he attempts to relieve himself someplace he should not, make a loud noise or something to startle him. Then place him directly on the pad or where you want him to go to the bathroom.

4. Get them on a schedule. Offer your pet food on a consistent schedule. He or she will need to go potty and/or poop about 20 minutes after eating or drinking a large amount. Get them on a schedule and it could make life a lot easier for your furry friend (not to mention for YOU).

5. Set a plan in motion and stick with it. Whatever you decide to do, be consistent with your plan. Changing up the plan or praise can confuse your dog. Remember that younger dogs might not be able to hold their urine or bowels until they are after 16 weeks of age. That’s where the Puddle Pad comes in. The more patient and observant you are, the better.


6 thoughts on “5 Tips to Stop Your Pet from Pottying on Your Carpet

  1. Connie R Andreasen says:

    Thanks for the info. I have a 1 1/2 yrs old Doberman that absolutely Will Not stop peeing on things and pooping…. every time I go to bed, b4 I go to bed, anytime seems to be the right time for him. My house smells like dogs**t. I rescued him in January 2019, I have another rescue from 5 years ago. We’re tired of cleaning up these nasty messes. If we can’t figure out something productive, he’s gonna end up back at the pound. I can’t stand my house smelling like urine and poop.

  2. Nancyj Brown says:

    Zoey is a Japanese chin 8 yrs old. She has been defeating on my carpet for about 3 weeks off n on. Not every morning I walk her 3 or 4 times a day . I changed her treat from chicken treat a hard treat she loves thinking this is reason for defeating . Now give her milk bone .she ignores it at times but I believe she wants chicken treats back. What should I do. She never pees in apt . please text me the answer. . Do not do email very good. Nancy j Brown

  3. Sophie's Mom says:

    Our Schnauzer is trained to go outside her puppy door and to a pad on our back patio to do her business. Unfortunately, upon occasion, she poops on my $6,500 area rug. I am beside myself. I don’t know what to do with her. She is the most perfect pet. She understands everything we say to her. She does what we tell her to do and when. She is not a stupid dog. She is humanly smart. We love her to pieces. What can we do? She needs to STOP! I can’t imagine we haven’t tried it, but I am at a loss as to what to do from here.

  4. Dee says:

    I have this puppy bichon poodle for almost 2 months I’m training her on we we pads she understands it she goes but she’s doing poop on the rugs now I don’t know how to stop it, and she wants me to be present every time she peas or poops on the mat because she wants a treat help

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