If your pooch has an accident on your wood, sheet vinyl, or laminate flooring, the first thing to do is to soak up the liquid with paper towels. Next, wash the soiled spot with soapy water and rinse. Finally, apply an enzymatic cleaner.

For old pee stains on wood floors, you may have to strip the varnish and refinish the area. The following method has been tried by many dog owners and is reportedly effective:

photoApply hydrogen peroxide to the stain. After letting it sit for a few minutes, scrape off the finish from the blemished area. Apply the hydrogen peroxide a second time, but this time cover the spot with clear plastic and let it penetrate for 2-3 hours or even longer. For really stubborn stains, you may need to repeat this step once more. After you have achieved the result you want, refinish the wood surface in the usual way. Make sure that it is properly sealed.

If your dog’s accident is an uncommon event and not just part of the toilet training process, he may have a health condition. Observe him carefully for the next few days to catch any changes, especially when it comes to eating and drinking.

When my own pet had her first accident, I noticed that she was more thirsty than normal. So thirsty, in fact, that I found her trying to get through the fence to a neighbor’s fountain after she had finished the contents of her water bowl. I took her to the vet immediately and it turned out that she had diabetes.

On the other hand, if your dog frequently makes messes in your home, you may have to put him through another round of housetraining. Try marking a particular bathroom spot in your yard with the cleanup towel from a previous accident, then take him there on a leash for a couple of weeks until he begins to recognize the area and its function. And always remember to praise your dog when he does the right thing!

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