Carpet cleaner?

glassquiltSeptember 12, 2013

I have been cleaning up after our dog with this:

He's so considerate that he always uses the same part of the carpet. (snort) An area that is only about 4'x5'. The problem I'm having is that I have to get down on my hands & knees to clean the carpet and I can no longer spend any length of time on my knees because of bursitis

I am thinking about getting a carpet cleaner. I don't want to buy the Rolls Royce of cleaners nor do I want to waste my money on a cheap model. I don't care as long as I can do it standing up.

Any recommendations or preferences?

(Story behind dog: Got him at 8mos from a breeder/shower who kept all dogs in 2'wire cubes with a clean out tray. We had to teach him how to use stairs, how to drink from a bowl. As far as I'm concerned we rescued him.
The dog never does anything while we're home only when we go out. It's easier for me to clean the floor than to clean the inside of a crate.)

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What about putting down a washable rug, with a latex backing, in the area he likes to go?

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 12:13AM
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It sounds like you did save him. Dogs were not meant to go in their crates. A crate is suppose to be a substitute for a den (where it would have been in the wild), and no dog wants to go where he sleeps. I think it is cruel for those so called breeders to do this. Also, it makes it very hard to crate train a dog after the fact. FYI I prefer crate training a dog for potty purposes.
But back to your problem. Have you tried natures miracle on the carpet? He will continue to go in that same area as long as he can smell it, and even though you may think that it is clean, dogs have much better sniffers than we do. I would try the natures miracle and keep him away from that area until you have him trained to go in an area of your choice. I would start by retraining him with the crate method. If you are unfamiliar with the crate method, there are excellent intructions online. Just make sure that you use the smallest crate that he can fit in. He should be able to stand and turn around, but that's about it. Once he has gotten the hang of holding it for a couple of hours and relieving himself in the correct location, then you can start to expand his area. Slowly transition to a larger crate space and then into a confined area of a room, and onto a larger section of room, and so on.
If you follow the methods to a T, he will be trained in no time. And if he has an accident, then just reduce his space back 1 step and continue as before. But the main thing right now is to get rid of the urine smell.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 6:07PM
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