How to Get Rid of a Dog Urine Smell & How to Stop a Dog From Urinating in the House

A new puppy often requires house-training from scratch. An older dog from a shelter might need retraining if it lived in a kennel environment before you adopted it. House-training can be a difficult, frustrating period for a dog owner, especially if your dog takes a long time to learn and has frequent accidents in the house. Removing the dog urine smell from the house, and training or retraining your dog can help prevent future accidents and make for a harmonious relationship between you and your dog.

Clean up urine accidents thoroughly and train your dog to eliminate outdoors.

Removing Urine Smells

Step 1

Soak up fresh urine using paper towels.

Step 2

Rinse the stained area with clean water or club soda to dilute the urine stain. Blot using paper towels until the area is practically dry.

Step 3

Spray the stained area with an enzymatic pet stain cleaner. The enzymes work to break down the odor-causing bacteria. Allow to dry, then vacuum over the stain. Repeat this step if the odor remains.

Step 4

Sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and add water to make a paste. Leave the paste to dry overnight, and vacuum up in the morning.


Step 5

Take your dog outside on-leash for regular potty breaks, especially after playing, sleeping, drinking or eating.

Step 6

Reward your dog with praise and/or treats when it urinates outside.

Step 7

Supervise your dog at all times. Tether your dog to you or to a nearby piece of furniture, so it does not have a chance to eliminate indoors. Watch your dog closely for potential potty signs, such as sniffing the floor and circling. Take your dog out immediately if you see these signs.

Step 8

Confine your dog when you cannot supervise it. Crate train your dog or use pet gates to keep it contained in an area such as a laundry room, kitchen or bathroom.

Step 9

Clean up any messes thoroughly. Dogs can smell urine odors even when we think they're gone. A dog that smells an old urine stain is more likely to have a repeat accident.