391390_dog_rugPuppies. They’re incredibly cute and silly. We all love them, but puppies can be quite a challenge if you also happen to like the nice rug in your living room. When my best friend, Jamie, decided to adopt a sweet puppy from her local shelter, she was over the moon with excitement. She couldn’t stop kissing his little nose, cuddling him, swooning over his adorableness. Jamie bought a little collar, a little dog bed, a little tag with his new name “Max”. She didn’t realize that she wouldn’t be the only one giving gifts; he’d be leaving a lot of little presents around for her, too. These were gifts she preferred not to be getting though, and that’s when the realities of potty training her puppy began to sink in.

Thankfully for Jamie, there is a wealth of information out there about how to housetrain your puppy using positive reinforcement. She bought Max a crate, which she loving dubbed his “spa time”, and she put Max on a potty schedule. She read articles and tried all the tips, and even though he greatly improved, Max kept having accidents in the same spot almost every day. Unfortunately, it was front and center on her living room rug, a beautiful rug she actually brought back from a trip to Bali. For Jamie, meeting Max was love at first sight; but then again she was smitten when she first laid eyes on that one-of-a-kind Balinese rug too!

Through her research Jamie learned that dogs go to the bathroom in spots where they’ve gone before because they can detect their own scent, which translates to them as the appropriate place to go potty again. After multiple potties a day on the same spot of carpet, no wonder soap and water wasn’t getting the stains out and no wonder Max was going right to that same area. He’d just keep deepening the stain if Jamie didn’t do something about it. She was determined to stop the stain from taking over and to remove the smell that would attract him back there. A future of hosting dinner parties with friends depended on it! A happily ever after with Max depended on it, too.

Jamie knew it was up to her to set Max up to succeed and housetrain him. She decided it was time to seek outside help, and that’s when she met her new best friend: Purina® Pet Gear Carpet & Upholstery Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator. Not only did this spray successfully clean up Max’s mess from the carpet – both the older stains faded, and new accidents came out easily – it also helped get the scent out which stopped Max from returning there to go again. Her rug was looking good as new, fresh and clean, and Max had started going to the bathroom outside completely. She was so glad to find something to deal with the messes he made.

Nowadays Max doesn’t go potty in the house at all anymore. Jamie still has a bottle of Purina® Pet Gear Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator handy for when an accident might occur, or for any other pet related mishaps that Max might surprise her with. By the way, it doesn’t hurt to have a great product around just in case you might drop a little tomato sauce when you enjoy a bowl of spaghetti either. No one’s perfect – human or canine, we all make messes once in a while. Thankfully there are good people at Purina Pet Gear to help us clean them up – click here to watch a video of the products in action and to find a store near you that carries them.

Written by Katya Friedman, Adopt-a-Pet.com’s Director of Partnerships and Promotions and certified dog trainer

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