How to stop pets from going to the bathroom in the house?

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We have 2 dogs and we do not know which one is doing this but can not punish the innocent one. This started a while ago, but one (maybe both) have been using the bedroom floor as their personal bathroom. The only good thing is we have hardwood floors and not rugs as this would be a total problem if we did. My question is: is there anything I can put on our floor that would stop them from doing this?

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  • Ann Edmondson Ann Edmondson on Oct 06, 2018

    Try Pine Sol or lemon furniture polish.

  • Might be time for a trip to the vet. Do they go out often enough? Sometimes there is an underlying cause, and if so, you will need to be a sleuth investigator to figure it out.

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    • There is your answer. By the time any dog gets that old (we had to put one of mine down a year ago, he made it to 18), they need to go out more frequently. They get to be incontinent just like people do. Not to be punished, the dog is in his or her "senior" years and requires a bit of extra attention. They can't help it. Hope this solves the mystery. You can try potty pads, some take to it, some don't. Now you know better and what to do.


      When mine became older, I just took him out before bed and any time I got up during the night I took him out. I also have a doggie door (lots of pets here), so during the day he was fine.

  • Carrie Carrie on Oct 06, 2018

    You can buy something from pet smart that gives off a gentle shock when they step on it. I use one to keep pets off the sofa. Also can be placed in doorways.

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Oct 06, 2018

    Close the bedroom door, when you are not in it. Is there a change of some kind.? That might stress the dogs? How old is the older dog, maybe it’s just old age?? When does it happen? If it’s at night don’t feed the dogs till morning, just feed once a day, or feed a couple hours earlier than normal. And walk make sure they are doing their business, if you just let them out in the yard you still have to watch and make sure they do. You might have to consider crating them at night if that’s when it happens, or one at a time to figure out who’s doing it. But the easiest is close the door.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Oct 06, 2018

    if you have a fenced yard, put in a 'doggy door' so they can come/go as they need during the day; crate at night .

  • Aan33414898 Aan33414898 on Oct 06, 2018

    Baking soda

  • Lil Lil on Oct 06, 2018

    Don't shock your pets, please

  • Once the smell is in, they're going to keep repeating the action as that's what dogs do. You need to find a way, a product or something, that will help you eliminate the scent. You may not be able to smell it but they can. As a friendly side note, if you've discovered it much later than the action, they won't remember what they did, there's no point to punishing them.