Repellents to Prevent Puppy From Peeing on Carpet

One of the first things you do when you bring a new furry little ball of puppy joy home is to potty train it. While in the middle of teaching your new friend where to do his business you may have an accident or two on your carpet.

We can all agree that the smell of dog urine is an unpleasant one that seems to take over a room quickly and can be very difficult to remove. Carpet seems to take hold of pet accidents and hold on to them strong. One way to help fido train more quickly is with a repellent applied to the carpet.There are some great natural household products you can use to deter your pet from wanting to go to the bathroom inside the home while you are potty training.

Tip: Before applying any carpet repellent it is a good idea to clean the area well, especially if your pooch has already had an accident inside as dogs tend to return to places with urine odor. If you are due for a professional carpet cleaning this would be a good time to do one.

Commercial Repellents

Commercial dog repellents are available at pet stores and some other retailers and usually come in spray form. They can contain natural ingredients like cayenne pepper or chemicals that dogs tend to avoid. If your dog has already soiled the carpet start by cleaning with an enzymatic cleaner or vinegar and allow to dry before spraying repellant.

Repellents to Prevent Puppy From Peeing on Carpet

White Vinegar

Vinegar is a great carpet cleaner for pet urine and also makes a wonderful natural repellant.  Dogs are not fond of the smell of vinegar because of the acetic acid in vinegar. They usually avoid places that have vinegar smell. Make a vinegar repellent by mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray on the area your pet tends to potty.

Lemon Juice

Use fresh or bottled lemon juice mixed with water and sprinkle on carpet. The smell will be fresh and pleasant for you, but not so welcomed by your dog. The citric acid is also effective in cleaning pet urine from carpet.

Rubbing Alcohol

Pooches do not appreciate the smell of rubbing alcohol. Dilute the alcohol in water using a one to one ratio and spray on carpets. Reapply the spray every week after vacuuming. An added benefit is rubbing alcohol’s disinfecting properties.


Ammonia has a powerful smell that dogs and humans alike are not fond of. Because of the unpleasant smell to humans we suggest using this repellant as a last resort. Just as with the others dilute with water a spray in the area poochy likes to do his business.

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  1. Kaysie Schindler on March 24, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Our dog likes to pee in corners and on the corners of things. I don’t know what to do?!!

    • BJ Knapp on May 10, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      Feed the dog where they mess. They will stop wanting to mess where they eat.