It is important that any accidents your dog has in your house be thoroughly cleaned up. If there is any remaining scent, the smell will attract your dog to relieve himself in that area again.
The thing not to use to clean up urine or feces is an ammonia-based product. Urine contains ammonia, so you are just adding more if you use such a product. The lingering ammonia smell may attract your dog back to the place you just cleaned up.
The best cleaning products are those specially designed for this purpose. They are available in pet stores or sometimes at veterinarians. Bacteria/enzyme products work best. Look for this on the label. If you are doing a good job with housebreaking and accidents are kept to a minimum, it may not be necessary to purchase such a product. Instead you can use a mixture of half water and half white distilled vinegar. This is convenient to use if kept in a spray bottle.
Whatever you use, blot up the urine well. Do it as soon as possible to prevent the urine from spreading deeper into the carpet. Remove as much moisture as possible. Then follow the directions on the pet stain cleaning product or spray with the vinegar-water mixture. Blot some more, then place a thick stack of paper towels on the spot and weigh it down with a heavy book. Put aluminum foil or plastic wrap between the book and towels to protect the book.
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