How to get rid of dog urine odor

Remove urine odor from puppy

There’s nothing quite like a new puppy, is there? A cute little bundle of fur and love rolled into one irresistible package. However, there are times when that adorable fluff ball is actually easy to resist: when she smells like pee.

It’s a fact of new puppy life, there will be house accidents and your pup is likely to wind up with some of it in her fur. Sometimes it’s just her feet, other times she may accidentally sit down in her own puddle. She may even soil her dog bed, giving urine a chance to soak into her fur.

If you have dog odors in your clothing or washable items, place them in the washing machine with regular detergent and a pound of baking soda. If dog odors are a problem in your dog’s bed, sprinkle the bed with baking soda. You can also add baking soda to the bed’s stuffing.

The best way to handle dog odor in your home is to prevent them in the first place. Fabrics and carpet easily absorb odor so it may be wise to not allow your dog on your furniture or even in rooms that have carpet. Eliminate the source of the odor by giving your dog frequent baths. Use a dog shampoo that kills odor causing bacteria on your dog. Remember, if your dog does have an accident in your home, clean it as soon as possible in order to minimize the dog odor.

Tips for Removing Urine Odor from Puppy Fur

The only sure way of removing urine odor from puppy fur is to remove the residual urine. Here are some of our favorite tips.

Give Your Dog a Bath

The very best method of removing urine odor from puppy fur is by giving your pet a complete bath with a mild dog shampoo. The warm soapy water will open the hair shaft and allow the urine remnants to dissolve, leaving your pup as fresh as a daisy once again.

Sometimes it’s just not convenient to give your puppy a full bath. At these times, you may choose just to spot-bathe her in the areas you are sure were soiled. Soak just her feet or from the rear quarter down. Then you have less than half a dog to dry.

Pet Wipes to the Rescue

Pet wipes are the next best solution when a full bath isn’t possible. They’re also a good alternative if your puppy has frequent accidents and her skin is drying out from excessive bathing.

Simply wipe down the soiled areas with a fresh wipe. You can even run a clean wipe over Puppy’s entire coat to freshen her up.

Self-Rinse and Dry Shampoos

Self-rinsing shampoo can be found in many pet supply stores. The formula is quite thin compared to traditional shampoos and requires no rinsing after use. Simply work it into the urine-soaked fur until a light lather forms, then blot the area with a paper towel and brush. This is usually sufficient in warm weather, but if it’s cold, go ahead and give your puppy a quick blow dry so she won’t be chilled.

This type of shampoo is extremely convenient, and once you try it, you’ll want to keep it on hand.

Dry shampoo powders can also help in a pinch, but they don’t work quite as well as the previous methods mentioned. The product should be sprinkled into the soiled coat, and worked through it, giving it a few minutes to absorb the urine. Then you brush it back out.

Dry shampoos are actually quite messy, and while they can be a temporary alternative to other ways of bathing, they usually wind up leaving a sticky residue in the coat. At best, they can temporarily mask smells, but they aren’t the best solution for removing urine odor from puppy fur.

Cornstarch and Talcum Powder

Much like dry shampoos, both talcum and cornstarch can be used to temporarily soak up urine from your pet’s coat. Follow the same method as described for using a dry shampoo, but don’t allow your puppy to shake before you’ve had a chance to brush the powder out or you’ll find yourself surrounded in a fine white fog.

Dog Urine Odor Removal


An important thing that all dog owners have to understand is that there is no simple and easy method when it comes to eliminating the strong stench that comes from dog urine. If you want to remove dog urine odor completely, the most important thing you need is patience. Though it may take some time to get rid of the foul smell completely, with some simple ingredients and little hard work, it is definitely possible. Here are some steps that you can follow for dog urine odor removal.

What You Will Need

To remove the dog urine odor, you will need the following:

  • Paper towels
  • Hand towel or cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Vacuum
  • Hair dryer or fan (optional)
  • Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon dish detergent mixed with 3.4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Cold water
  • A commercial dog odor and stain remover or
  • Distilled white vinegar and
  • Warm water

1- Catch the Dog Urine Stain Early

The sooner you can begin to remove the stain, the more likely you are to be able to eliminate odors effectively. Immediately blot–not rub–the stain with paper towels. Pour cold water on it to flush the stain and blot again. If the stain is already dry when you find it, begin with the cold water.

2- Use Cleanser

Next, you can begin to eliminate the dog urine odor by saturating a hand towel with a commercial cleanser or your vinegar and warm water solution. You can use this solution on carpets, upholstery and most hard surfaces, but do not use on stone or marble surfaces. If unsure, test the solution on a small patch first to see if it will stain. Wipe the stain with the soaked cloth in circular motions. Let air dry or dry with a hair dryer or fan.

3- Sprinkle Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the best tools available to eliminate odors. Cover the stain entirely with baking soda. Pour the hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent solution over the baking soda. Although it should be okay, test the peroxide solution on a tiny area to check if it will stain. Use a scrub brush to work the mixture into the dog pee stain. Allow the mixture to soak in for a few minutes.

4- Vacuum

Vacuum the baking soda mixture away. This should have worked to get rid of the dog urine odor. However, you can repeat Steps 3-4 if needed.

Eliminating dog urine odor is usually relatively easy, but it’s important that you work fast and address your dog’s behavior to prevent future accidents. Soon you can look forward to a fresh-smelling home!

Home Remedies for Cleaning Dog Urine

Cleaning the accident quickly is the easiest way to make sure every trace of urine is removed from the carpet or furniture. Old urine spots will need to be dampened with cool water before cleaning. Once the area is thoroughly damp, clean rags should be used to absorb urine, replacing the soiled rags with clean ones until no more urine can be absorbed.

  • Baking soda absorbs liquids and odors naturally. A liberal amount should be sprinkled over the entire dampened area. With a damp rag, the baking soda can be gently rubbed into the carpet fibers and then allowed to sit for several hours. Once the baking soda is dry, it should be vacuumed up. The process can be repeated as many times as necessary if the odor remains.
  • Cornstarch is another natural odor-absorbing powder. It can be used exactly like baking soda and will absorb odors and deodorize the area.
  • A mixture of half a cup water and half a cup white vinegar can be used to deodorize and disinfect carpet or upholstery soiled with urine. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that kills bacteria, mold, and other harmful organisms. Urine smells unpleasant because of multiplying bacteria, and vinegar can destroy those foul-smelling microbes.
  • Hydrogen peroxide often works to remove stains, including urine stains. A solution of hydrogen peroxide diluted with an equal amount of water can be sprayed onto the area and allowed to sit for a few minutes. It should be wiped off with a clean, damp rag, and the area should be left to air dry.