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Why Has My House-Trained Dog Started to Pee on My Area Rugs? – Prescott Valley AZ

Why Has My House-Trained Dog Started to Pee on My Area Rugs? – Prescott Valley AZ

Let me guess – your house trained dog that has never had a urine accident in the home, has begun to pee on your area rugs.  Don’t panic – it’s a common problem that we at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care handle. However, finding the root of the problem may require a little detective work from you.

VISTING DOGS: More often than not, it began with a visiting dog coming into your home and smelling your pets.  Sometimes, this causes the visiting pet to feel intimidated and either mark the area or just have an honest accident because he isn’t sure where he’s supposed to go.

DOGS AND CATS ARE TERRITORIAL: Unfortunately, one honest accident can lead to a much bigger problem.  This one accident has deposited animal urine into your rug and it probably wasn’t long until your pet discovered it.  Our pets have strong instincts and both dogs and cats are very territorial.  Once your pet picks up on the scent, he may feel it necessary to mark his territory to send a very loud message to all other animals that THIS IS MY HOME!

PET GETS SICK: At Arizona Oriental, we also see situations where the pet is sick with either a urine or kidney infection or some other illness that causes incontinence and the animal simply can’t help it.  Unfortunately for our rugs, pets will almost always opt for that soft surface over a hard surface floor.

STRAY ANIMALS: I have also seen situations where a stray animal walks past a sliding door and sprays the area.  This drives your domestic pet bonkers and to retaliate against the intrusion, they will often mark their territory.

NEW FAMILY MEMBER: New pets being adopted, especially puppies, is one of the most common reason for territorial marking.  Puppies still have yet to learn the art of waiting until they can relieve themselves outside.  Both these accidents and the fact that they’re coming into the established pet’s territory is a recipe for marking, once again your rugs usually is the target.

Regardless of the reason your once-trained pet is now having accidents, you should make sure your area rugs are off limits to that pet to avoid further accidents.  Arizona Oriental here in Prescott, AZ understands that pet accidents are just a part of life – it happens.  We’re here to help you properly clean the urine, fecal, and vomit stains from your area rugs. 

Here are a few tips to hopefully make your life a little easier:

First: When introducing a new pet into your home, roll up your rug(s) and put them away until all the pets are comfortable and adjusted to each other.

Second: Immediately spot clean all accidents when they first happen. (see Arizona Oriental’s website for helpful tips)

Third: Remember, spot cleaning at home is not enough and your rug needs a deep and professional cleaning.  The acidic nature of urine is extremely damaging to wool, silk, and other rug fibers.The urine treatment that Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care offers penetrates deep into the knots and through the rug, flushing the urine out.  This is impossible to do thorough spot cleaning at home.

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, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us for additional information and quotes to clean and deodorize your area rug 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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Removing Pet Urine from Area Rugs