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Prescott Valley AZ - Why Are My Dogs Attracted to My Area Rugs?

Have you ever noticed that the few times that your puppy has an accident, they just happen to choose your area rug as their perfect potty spot?  Even if you have cleaned and treated the urine spot(s) yourself, your dog may continue to go back to that rug to pee on.  I assume by the fact that you’re reading this article that you're asking yourself why.  We here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care are used to dealing with pet accidents, so I’m going to try to shed some light on that question for you.

The first possibility is that your dog could be marking his territory.  Unfortunately, dogs always have been and always will be very territorial.  Additionally, their noses are extremely sensitive, especially in comparison with our own.  They mark their territory, especially when they smell another animal in their home.  To dogs, wool still has that sheep smell and that ignites that territorial instinct.  Additionally, some Persian and Asian weavers use camel or goat hair in their wool rugs, just making it smell that much more like another unfamiliar animal.

Along the lines of dogs having sensitive noses, your dog could be smelling the urine from the last accident he had there.  Even if you clean the rug yourself, you most likely won’t be able to completely remove the urine that soaked down deep into the fibers of your rug.  Urine dries as sticky salt crystals that stick to the fibers of your rug like a lollipop that your five year old drops behind the couch on your carpet.  Just like the sticky remains of that lollipop on your carpet, the sticky salt crystals of the urine is hard to get rid of without a thorough treatment.  Your dog will continue to smell these areas and go back to peeing in the same area – time and time again.

Another reason behind these pet accidents could be that your rug is an absorbent surface.  Wool is an especially absorbent material and your dog probably understands this.  Perhaps somewhere in his mind, he figures peeing on your nice rug will be better for him because there won’t be any splash back onto his paws.  He gets to relieve himself and his paws stay nice and urine free.

Remember – always get your rug PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED when your dog has had accidents on your rug.  Not only is there the urine contamination issue, also due to the destructive nature of urine salt crystals on your rug fibers it can lead to dry rot.  Dry rot weakens fibers and can cause cuts, tears, and separation of the fibers.  Don’t wait until your rug is permanently damaged by your dog’s unfortunate accidents!  Instead, bring it down to Arizona Oriental in Prescott and let us deal with those pet accidents with our professional cleaning.  With our full urine treatment, we flush the rug to help remove those sticky salt crystals from deep down in the knots of your rug.  We offer FREE ESTIMATES and with a UV Inspection during our initial inspection, we know exactly what’s needed to treat those accidents.

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, which includes certification as WOOLSAFE FIBER CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our clients receive the utmost in care.

If you still have questions about why dogs are attracted to your area rugs call Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care for additional information and quotes at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available).

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