Housebreaking your dog is a significant task for every dog owner, whether you’ve recently acquired a new puppy or moved into a completely new neighborhood that your dog needs to familiarize with.
And guess what’s inevitably synonymous with potty training?
That’s right. Accidents. And lots and lots of cleaning up, of course!
Unfortunately, when it comes to your puppy’s messes, there is always a struggle with getting the second part right. Particularly getting rid of the stain and odor.
All of us hear of “super-effective” “natural and household fixes” for stains and odor, like vinegar, water, simple dish soap, baking soda, or concoctions of these in various proportions.
But let’s face it, while these are undoubtedly quite effective for occasional incidents perhaps when you’re faced with a puppy who is a repeat offender, you need to upgrade your methods.
Enter – Reliable, Proven and Safe Stain and Odor Remover
While you never really like to think that you need commercial, even “industrial-grade” products when it comes to anything to do with your puppy, sometimes you don’t have a choice.
As long as you opt for a tested and certified safe product, you needn’t really worry about it being a hazard to use. And checking with your vet would be an added reassurance.
In the end, when it comes to recurring messes like during potty training your puppy, you do need a proper, quality stain and odor remover.
Like a nice cleaner spray remover that you can just spray on the mess, and wipe off – simple as that.
Like we’ve mentioned in several earlier posts, getting rid of the odor is especially important to break your puppy’s habit. And stains are disgusting, of course.
Having a go-to fix for these can be a real life-saver during the potty training period.
Things You Should Look For While Selecting a Quality Stain and Odor Remover?
Here we come to the heart of it. You now know how useful a good stain and odor remover can be during your pup’s potty training days. But how do you go about choosing one?
Here are some key things to look for while making your decision:
1. Whether the Formula is EFFECTIVE
Now we’ve already spoken about how natural, homemade solutions – through well-meaning – often don’t have the desired effect. There’s usually some remnant of the stain or lingering odor that you can’t quite get rid of.
Especially when your pup keeps going in the same spot.
In fact, the lingering scent is likely what turns it into a vicious cycle, compelling your dog to return again and again.
On the other hand, you don’t want to go full industrial-strength either. The wrong kind of ingredients could be toxic to both your pets and the younger members of the family.
Fortunately, these days, there are many products that are built around naturally derived “bio-enzymatic” mechanisms. Essentially, these are predominantly biological solutions, i.e. decidedly less hazardous than purely synthetic chemical mixes.
Not to toot our own horn – or put any pressure – but Bulldogology’s Stain and Odor Eliminator is just that kind of product. A naturally derived cleanser that’s both safe and highly effective, and comes with guaranteed satisfaction. You should check it out.
The enzymes in these products break down the components of the mess naturally, without any harsh aftereffects. So going for such products would be smart.
2. VERSATILITY – Or Whether it Can Handle a Variety of Stains and Messes
Dogs don’t make just one kind of mess in the house. The pee and poop, sure. But they also drool and throw-up on occasion. And if they’re hurt or sick, there might even be a little bit of blood.
Plus, if you have kitties at home, too, that’s a whole different range of messes, with their own different stink.
You need a product that handles everything, or at least almost everything. And not just the messes, the surfaces they’re on too. Carpets, stone, wood, plastic…products could work differently on each of them. Good products clean them all.
3. Whether They are SAFE
This is crucial, of course. You don’t want your puppy ending up sick because it ingested a bit of the stain and odor remover. Safety is paramount.
That’s why going for enzyme-activated variants is recommended. And don’t forget to vet your choice by your vet to be doubly safe(sorry, not sorry).
Plus, besides even if the odor and stain remover is completely safe for your pup and for people, it may still be too harsh for your carpet. So check beforehand whether it’s good for frequent use on most surfaces in your home, lest you end up having to hide a burn instead of a stain after 10 sprays.
4. Last But Not the Least – AFFORDABILITY
Can’t discount the pull in your pocket, can you?
Potty training means you’ll need to clean up often. And that possibly translates to plenty of refills.
Fancy doesn’t always mean effective. Usually, your vet would be able to advise you on a sensibly priced but very effective choice.
But on the other hand, great products are always priced just about right considering the quality of the ingredients. Look for the right balance, and you won’t regret it.
We hope you found this post on choosing the right cat or dog stain and odor remover for your home useful. Don’t mind the product plugs, though! Go with whichever you think would work best for you! And don’t forget to write in with your comments or suggestions in the section below!