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What Causes Trained Dogs to Suddenly Start Peeing in a Home - Prescott AZ

It’s not uncommon for the phone to ring here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care and the person on the other end is very upset because after years of their pet being 100% house trained (no urine accidents in the home) suddenly the pet is peeing on their Persian and Oriental area rugs!  Obviously something has changed!  If this has happened in your home, I suggest you put your detective cap on and ask yourself what has changed? 

When I have an in depth conversation with the client I always find that something did indeed change to kick off this undesirable behavior.

Most often it was a visiting dog that was away from its own turf, came to your home and smelled your animal. Feeling a bit intimidated, the visitor pet will sometimes either mark the area or perhaps is just clueless as to where he should go and has an honest accident.

Be on your guard, because one honest accident can be the beginning of a much larger problem. This one accident has deposited animal urine on your rug and it won’t be long till your pet discovers it. Animals are still motivated by instincts and once your pet picks up on the scent, he may feel it necessary to mark his turf – sending out a loud message in dog communications THIS IS MY HOME!  Dogs and cats are very territorial.  

At Arizona Oriental we also see situations arise when the homeowners pet is sick; perhaps with a urine or kidney infection and this causes incontinence and the animal just can’t help it. Unfortunately pets will almost always opt for the soft surface of your area rug over a hard surface floor.

I’ve even see situations where a stray animal walks by the sliding door and may even spray the area. Wow, this can drive the domestic pet wild! Once again to retaliate from the intrusion, pets often mark their territory.

The most common reason for territorial marking is when a new pet is adopted, especially puppies. Puppies have not yet obtained the skills of only relieving themselves outside. Their accidents and the fact that they are muscling in on the established pet’s territory is a recipe ripe for your area rugs to be targets. 

Regardless of why the once trained pet is now having accidents your first line of defense should be to make sure your area rugs are not accessible for puppy accidents. Arizona Oriental understands pet accidents are a part of life. We are here to help you properly clean the urine, fecal, vomit from your area rugs. Here are a few tips I can share today which will hopefully make your life easier and your rugs free from urine.  

First:  Roll up your rug(s) and put them away for a while when introducing a new pet to your home until all the pets are comfortable and adjusted to each other.

Second:  Immediately spot clean all accidents when they first happen (see Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care website for helpful tips)

Third: Remember that spot cleaning at home is not enough – Your rug needs a deep, professional clean because the acidic nature of urine is extremely damaging to wool, silk and other rug fibers too.

Arizona Oriental offers urine treatment for rugs and penetrates deep into and through the rug, flushing urine out. This is impossible to do with home spot cleaning. 

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, Prescott Valley, 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 regarding removing animal urine from area rugs and for your free quote 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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