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Carpet Cleaning = Tough Day for Maccabee

A few weeks ago, we spent 5 days at my fiance's house and Maccabee had zero accidents. When we brought him home, he peed on the carpet and has had several "accidents" since then. Although I use an enzyme cleaner recommended by our breeder (Icky Poo Away), Maccabee has continues to pee in the same areas when he does have his "accidents." The "accidents are not frequent, but often enough that something had to be done.

Since he was perfect at Scott's house, I decided that we need to have my carpets professionally cleaned. I also purchased a new piece of vinyl for under Maccabee's expen. Maccabee was in the kitchen while the carpet was being cleaned. When the guys left, I returned to my basement office. Within minutes, Maccabee started crying and howling (I had never heard him howl), even though he had a litter box, his bed, water, a bully stick and plenty of toys. After listening to him howl for a while, I ended up bringing him downstairs. I was able to go through my emails with him on my lap, but I can't really work like that so I put him back in the kitchen. But the howling started again. The sound was so odd, that I thought maybe he was hurt. Nope. Just lonely and annoyed. I brought the portable pen, his litter box, and some toys down to the basement and he is in my office with me. He is not happy to be confined to the smaller pen, but at least he's not crying. He's too busy detaching the bottom liner from the sides (it is held on with velcro strips).

I can't lay down the new vinyl sheet and set up his expen until tomorrow. I guess Maccabee will spend the afternoon down here with me and this evening he can hang out with us in my chair or on the couch.

Like the title says, carpet cleaning = a tough day for Maccabee.


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Most of us with pets have had rough days at one time or another with a puppy, so I can feel your frustration. Zero accidents are great but this only happens when we are extremely vigilant and at home with a busy life we are not really able to do it. Most small dogs will not really be house trained until 6 months old even so some take longer. Please don't feel discouraged or disapointed with Maccabee, try and be happy when your pup goes in the right place. Housetraining is one of the hardest trials for most pet owners.

As for your carpet, it is the pad and wall to wall carpets hold the urine crystals...these creystals can be blown out of a free standing carpet but not wall to wall, you will need to use a vinger solution sprayed in to the spots keep her away from thoses spots, then walk and play on those spots with her, this is so she will see they are not for elimination. Hope this helps. Better days are ahead.

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Zoey did the same thing. I'm staying at my sisters and Zoey had a accident on the carpet. Then agian and maybe three times. I have a litter box and piddle pads. I only had some woolite cleaner for pets but like Robie said it gets in the pad. So I put the litter box on top of the area and it has been fine for about 4mo. I forgot to put a pad down the other night and had thrown my work cloths near the box. Well she decided to go on my pants.

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No matter what the spill or dirt on my carpet, I never use anything to clean but white vinegar. Anything with soap in it strips off the stainproof stuff that is on the new carpet. While I was in the hospital, someone decided it would be nice for me to come home to a really clean house and had my carpets professionally cleaned. But they did not tell them to scotchguard them. Now dirt clings to my carpet. I am going to have the cleaned again after the grandkids go back to school and new scotchguard.

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I don't think professional cleaning works. We've had stains reappear after cleaning, they pop back up a few months after we had it done. Someone told me it gets in the padding under the carpet that you can never get rid of it unless you buy this special padding for pets.

I need to look into that because the whole house could use some new carpet

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Times I read posts like yours I'm so happy to have hardwoods and laminates! I don't know how I would have made it through house training with carpet. Timmy is eight months old and 100% trained but will only go outside. We had a wicked storm the other night and my kids wouldn't let me go outside when he started scratching. I brought out his pee pad hoping he would use it but he went right next to the door. I felt so bad but what was I supposed to do. Like I said he was on the laminate so it wasn't a big deal at all. I hope your carpet cleaning does the trick so at least poor Maccabees trauma was worth it.

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I plan on replacing the carpet with hardwood, but I wanted to have it cleaned so anything in there doesn't interfere with Maccabee's training. Next major projects are kitchen renovation and hardwoods.


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I agree, hardwoods are much easier. Good carpets can be rolled up and put away during puppy training, and lesser quality rugs can be replaced if they are soiled.

I think of Kodi as fully house trained... I can't even remember when he last had an accident. But because of my day in the ER today, Kodi wa left to the devices of my two semi-adult sons... Who didn't let him out often enough, and didn't clean out his litter box this morning. (Kodi HATES using a dirty litter box) The result was that he peed on the rug in my older son's room, also hitting the pile of clothes he left on the floor. I feel WAY more sorry for Kodi than for Robbie - this didn't need to happen. (Tokipoke - if you're reading this, I feel your frustration!)

The good news is that Robbie did clean it right away with the Spot Bot using pet solution. Since Kodi rarely has had an accident, I hope that's enough. i'll throw some kibble around on the rug in there after it is all dry to remind him it's not a potty place too. BUT, if worst came to worst, it is a $150 rug from Home Depot, so it wouldn't be the spend of the world if I had to replace it, and the hardwood underneath is fine.

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