Puppy potty accidents are just no fun. Not only might you not find them until you step in them, but even once found they may encourage your pup to potty in the same spot unless cleaned up promptly and properly. And like everything else about puppies, cleaning up their messes isn’t necessarily as straightforward as you might think. Just because you can’t see or smell the mess any longer, doesn’t mean your dog can’t! Below are the important steps and things to be aware of to best clean up dog pee and poop in your home.
A quick note about dog potty accidents themselves: Contrary to what some people might think, dogs don’t pee and poo in the house out of spite or because they’re stupid. Most potty accidents happen for one of three reasons … (1) your pup doesn’t yet understand where they’re supposed to go, (2) you’re not giving your pup ample and frequent enough opportunities to do their business outside, or (3) your dog has a medical problem (e.g., urinary tract infection, intestinal parasites or virus, or an anatomical defect, such as a patent urachus or ectopic ureter) that makes control difficult. Check out this article for more on the possible causes of puppy potty problems and how you can help them (and yourself).