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Pee stains on my wooden floor

Hi Guys,
We have finally brought a little baby Chihuahua into our apartment and so far things are going very well for all of us.
There is just one small problem which I hope somebody on this forum.

Sometime she misses the newspaper laid out for her Pee-pee and gets it on the wooden floor. If I don't clean it up immediately the floor gets stained. I've tried rigorously mopping the floor to no avail Can anybody recommend a polish / chemical that I can use to remove the stain?

Many thanks for your help
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Old 10.02.2011, 16:28
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I don't know how to help you, but if I may give you a tip;

Where is the newspapers, put some garbage bags (open) under and make sure it goes way out of the newspaper's limit. Use a gentle scotch tape to keep it on place. Just to make sure that the pee won't pass through the newspapers.

Congrats to the addition of a family member!
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I don't know much about dogs, but a friend of mine used to have the equivalent of a cat litter tray for her puppy and she thought it was the best thing since sliced bread
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Why are you using newspapers? Do you not want her to learn to ask to go outside? In any case I would suggest wee pads as they absorb better than newspaper.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I would reduce daily water allowance but if this doesnt' help then hell: http://www.cat-urine.net/cat_toilet_training.html
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Chihuahua are the kind of size you will trained to go into a cat litter box. Pretty easy to teach them and much simpler on the long run.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Can dogs wear baby nappies? Just a thought?
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Wait until the young dog is house trained, about 14 weeks, keep it in a room without a wooden floor.

I would then rub the stains with a fine wire wool until the wood is clean. Then carefully paint the area with a standard wood floor varnish.

Better still ask a painter to do it.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

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Can dogs wear baby nappies? Just a thought?
Even then you can't guarantee not getting bodily excretions on your floor. I speak from experience after a lovely pooey escape from my toddler's nappy
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Why are you using newspapers? Do you not want her to learn to ask to go outside? In any case I would suggest wee pads as they absorb better than newspaper.
I used wee pads for babies' changing table when I was potty-training my dog. You have 10 for 10.- at Coop or Migros, and they are more reliable than newspaper since they have a layer of plastic.

Urine is very corrosive, and if you don't clean it immediately it will attack the varnich protection of wooden floors I don't want to panick you, but I never manged to remove the stains done by my ferrets...
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I've never been a fan of using newspapers or puppy pads when housetraining, rather I've taught my guys to go outside from day one. My rational is that using newspapers is twice the work for both you and for the pup: First you have to teach the newspaper routine, then suddenly the pup has to learn that this is no longer acceptable and you have to start all over again teaching him to go outside - confusing for the pup. I prefer to start as I mean to go one.

Here's a tried-and-true way to house train a puppy:

http://drsophiayin.com/docs/articles...earns2Earn.pdf

Yes, this method requires you to put in a lot of time at first - you need to be with the pup round the clock. But it quickly pays off - the pup learns the ultimate goal without having to learn and then discard the intermediate steps.

For accidents, I am a big fan of Greenfields:

http://www.greenfieldscare.com/produ...ing-a-training

Available at Fressnapf. - Check for color-fastness first. This is primarily an odor remover - very important if you want to prevent repeat marking. If stains persist, ask your landlord what product is recommended for your floors - different flooring types may require different products.


When dealing with senior incontinence, I simply use human bed pads, available at any Apotheke or at the grocery store. They are larger (so you can cut them up and get more for your money) and a whole lot less expensive than those made for puppies.

But I would encourage you to consider Dr Yin's methods (for basic training as well as housetraining - her website is a great resource for dog owners, especially if you are a first time owner). This method really does work, and establishes a bond that will serve you well as you continue training.

Best of luck to you both.


ETA: Melusine is correct - you have to clean urine stains immediately. (Well, after you have rushed the dog outside - that takes precedence of course. You will find that you need to keep a cleaning rag and bottle of Greenfields permanently to hand for some time - one of the many joys of puppy ownership.

If you can't find Greenfields, Fressnapf can order it for you. I found it works far better than the other brand avialable. (Beaphor, I think)


Out of curiosity - what housetraining methods did the SKN course recommend?


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I would reduce daily water allowance but if this doesnt' help then hell: http://www.cat-urine.net/cat_toilet_training.html
I would have to caution you not to reduce water allowance - a puppy, especially one so tiny as a Chi - can quickly dehydrate. Puppies - and all dogs - need fresh water avaialable at all times. Rather, the owner needs to increase vigilance.

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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Chihuahua are, as was said above, the prefect size to train to go in-house on the pee pad. They make less mess and less stick than cats who know more often than not go in the house.

I use the pads that were also mentioned above. They are sold at the migros. They are much cheaper than the ones marketed for puppies. Also they absorb better so they aren't stepping in the pee making little wet prints around.

Both my Chis will go inside (on the pad) or outside. They don't mind either way. Well, they don't complain to me.

Anyway, I'd move the little one's place to a tiled floor.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Never take it literally. I was just trolling...

"I would never deprive any living organism of water and necessary nutrients even if I had to spend 24hours on the clock cleaning the urine"
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Try vinegar....
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

We have floors that show EVERYTHING as they are untreated wood and we also have small dogs who are sometimes known to have an accident in the house. A couple things that have been successful for me:

- if you can catch it soon, I clean the area with soapy water and then apply wood floor oil or wax and let the oil or wax soak into the floor by rubbing it gently (sometimes reapplying a couple times is helpful)

- if its a bad stain, using steel wool or a wire brush like someone else suggested works or also a very light sandpaper to sand the area slight and then apply the wax or oil to bring back the natural wood color (again, I had to repeat with the wax a few times to make it look totally normal again).

I've been very hesitant to use a wood stain or special stain products because our wood is so sensitive, but if you came up with any good products, please post back with an update.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I don't know how to help you with the hardwood floor stains. It's also a problem on carpeted floors. Welcome to the wonderful world of housebreaking!!!

When puppy misses the paper (or even when she hits it), are you doing anything to teach puppy where the correct place is to go toilet (e.g. outside)? The papers (ideally) won't be around forever!

If you are living wth a chihuahua you could easily litterbox train. they make special doggy litterboxes with fake astroturf, too. I hear they're kinda nasty to clean though.
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

I wish you the best of luck towards your handover protokol review lol, swiss are picky!!
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Re: Pee stains on my wooden floor

Though all this great advice I hope you find some solutions - but wanted to say that urine is made from Ammonia, so whatever you do don't buy products with said bio chemical in it. Good luck!!
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Can anybody recommend a polish / chemical that I can use to remove the stain?
Maybe the dude knows. I hear they peed on his rug twice.
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