You can expect your puppy to have a few accidents while being trained. Get prepared by choosing non-toxic cleaning supplies. You’ll need paper towels or newspaper to absorb a damp stain. A bucket for fresh water will help, along with a wet vac or extractor that can be rented from a home supply store for deep stains. Get a dog odor neutralizer to apply after thoroughly cleaning the accident area.
Older stains may require professional carpet cleaning assistance, especially if the stain has penetrated to the carpet padding.
If your puppy has a favorite accident area, try to block it off or make it undesirable for future use. Make the designated toileting area more appealing and accessible to ensure consistent use.
It also helps to keep your home well organized, with used newspapers and magazines stacked neatly or put into a box for recycling or trash. Soiled or odorous diapers and sports clothing should be placed in the laundry area, as strong scents – even if not directly associated with toileting activities – can sometimes be mistaken by puppies as incentives for toileting in the wrong places.
Following a few steps like these can make puppy training even more enjoyable and successful.