Dog Pee Deterrent Spray

This DIY Dog Deterrent Spray can help stop indoor accidents and keep your dogs from urinating in your home.

This fall, we added a new addition to our family. Nash (that cutie you see above), had just turned a year old, and we really felt like he needed a friend to play with. So we added Bentley to the mix. Nash and Bentley immediately became the best of friends and are the sweetest little brothers ever. The only problem…they are both male, and they both want to be the alpha male. That means that they have decided to mark their territory. It originally started outside, then recently, they have moved the party inside. I guess because its been raining for over a month, they just arent outside as much as they were.

These sweet little angels have been peeing on the trash can, on a random leg of our kitchen island, the front bench and also on my curtains. Finally after following them around, constantly cleaning everything for the past few weeks, I needed to figure some things out.

The first thing I did was thoroughly clean everything. I laundered the curtain they had decided to mark, and scrubbed the furniture and floors down with an enzymatic cleaner. There are certain cleaners that have enzyme removing agents in them that help keep the dogs from remarking the spot. At this point, I was willing to do anything to get them to stop. The next thing I did was make my own Dog Deterrent Spray. This spray has an orange scent that dogs dont really love, and I use it to keep them away from any objects (like my curtains) that I really want to protect. Bonus…it smells awesome!

Spray on any surface that you dont want your dog to get close to. Dogs dont care for the smell of vinegar or oranges, so using the two together really makes this spray work. It also leaves a nice, citrus scent in the air…win, win! I have been spraying it on my curtains that hang to the ground and around the areas that they were having accidents for about a week now, and it really seems to be working…YAY! I have to tell you…I was about to lose my mind. Yall know what a clean freak I am, and I was really starting to think that living with peeing dogs was just going to be my life, but this stuff really works!

***BONUS*** If you have dogs the like to chew your furniture, then try this on a small area of the fabric or wood first, then spray away. Dogs dont like the smell of orange and vinegar, but they also wont like the bitter taste, so it will keep them from chewing your furniture.

Got cats? Check out my Cat Deterrent Spray to keep your cats from urinating in certain areas and scratching your furniture!

Rocco & Roxie Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator

This spray doesn’t use a scent as a deterrent to dogs but eliminates the odor entirely. If your dog can’t smell the area where he has urinated, he is less likely to return to the same spot.

These kinds of commercial sprays are proven and have many positive reviews online. They are also touted as environmentally friendly, all-natural and safe. However, if you make the spray yourself, you can save some money, and you’ll know exactly what is in your spray. It also allows you to experiment if one or more of the sprays don’t work.

DIY Spray to Make Dogs Not Pee

Making your own spray means you need to start with a clean spray bottle. You can purchase one like this, or if you have an empty bottle at home, be sure to clean it thoroughly before adding your ingredients.

Dog Pee Deterrent Spray

Fill your spray bottle with 1.5 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and about 20 drops of citrus (orange, grapefruit, lime, or lemon) or eucalyptus essential oil. Shake well before each use. Because essential oil breaks down after time, remake this (if necessary) after 6 months and keep it in a dark space.

Or you can make a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and water to spray around your house as this is a great smelling and inexpensive deterrent for your dog.

However, some dogs don’t mind the smell of citrus, so here are a few other options for you to try:

Alcohol as a Dog Urine Deterrent

The smell of alcohol repels dogs just as much as ammonia. Soak cotton balls and spread them in locations you’d like your dog to avoid.


What scents keep dogs from peeing?

Sharples and Grant Clean & Tidy Don’t Pee Here Deterrent Spray 500ml Discourages pets from urinating in unwanted places, natural mustard smell keeps pets away. The initial unpleasant odour disappears in a few seconds to leave a long lasting action where it is applied, for indoor use only.

How do you stop a dog from peeing in a certain spot?

The acidic smell of vinegar is known to repel dogs from peeing on area rugs as they do not like the smell of vinegar.