Protect Your Carpet From A New Puppy

Getting a puppy is rewarding and can enrich your life. But puppy ownership can seriously endanger your carpet. However, with modern training techniques and the right cleaning routine, you can protect even the lightest carpet.

Prepare Your Home

If possible, take a few precautionary measures before bringing your puppy home.  

Have a carpet cleaner stop by and make sure they apply a stain resistor of some kind. This will make cleaning easier and stains less likely.

You'll also want to buy an enzyme-based carpet cleaner. Many "regular" cleaners, even carpet ones are ammonia-based. However, the smell of ammonia smells a lot like your pet's urine, so it can actually encourage them to mark in that spot again and again.

You'll also need a crate, bedding, and small treats to train your dog effectively.

Prevent Stains With Crate Training

To best protect your carpet, you'll want to make house training a quick process. You can house train most puppies over eight weeks very quickly if you use crate training.

Crate training uses your puppy's natural instincts. The basic premise is your pup will avoid soiling its bed.

So make sure the crate is big enough for him or her to sleep in, but not big enough to turn one corner into a bathroom. Until she or he is housebroken, your pup will sleep there, naturally holding their waste until they leave their bed.

When you first wake your pup up in the morning, take him or her immediately outside to potty. Praise him or her and give a treat when they do a good job. This teaches your dog that going outside is a good thing.

Don't leave your puppy in the crate for more than a few hours at a time as he or she builds up bladder strength. Ask your vet if you have concerns or questions.

When you're home, let the dog be in the house with you, but keep an eye on it. As soon as you notice he or she might need to go potty pick them up and take them outside. This minimizes accidents.

Act Quickly To Prevent Stains

If your dog has an accident in the house, clean it up immediately. Don't rub his or her nose in it or yell, as this can create problems with peeing when he's scared. He's just a baby, and he doesn't know any better.

Instead, spend your time thoroughly soaking up any liquid. If urine is left on the carpet, it can soak the padding and stain. Follow the directions on your enzymatic cleaner closely. You may need to steam clean your carpet occasionally. This will keep your carpet stain-free. 

Enjoy Your New Best Friend

If you're consistent with training, many puppies are completely house trained in a few weeks. Once they're house trained, stop worrying about your carpet and get to know your new best friend!