What to spray to keep dogs from marking? A Complete Guide

The Top 5 Smells Dogs Hate to Pee On

The citrus smell is arguably the best dog repellent there is. You do not have to do a lot. Simply peel an orange or a lemon next to your dog and you will observe it leaving the spot immediately. While most dogs are repelled by the citrus smell, not all are. Therefore, you want to check whether your dog falls in the majority category. You can also use a citrus spray to stop your dog from peeing in certain areas such as your house or garden.


Just like citrus, dogs cannot stand the smell of vinegar. It seems that a dogs heightened sense of smell is not keen on acidic smells, vinegar being another very acidic substance. It is worth noting that dogs are more repelled by the smell of vinegar than they are by lemons and oranges. It is no wonder that vinegar is a key ingredient in every dog repellent.

You can use vinegar spray as a natural dog repellent in your home, but do not spray it directly on the dog. This is downright cruel, to say the least. Although most people use white wine vinegar, you can use any type of vinegar. However, take caution when spraying it in your garden as the acidic solution can damage your plants.

Dog Bladder Control

Another possibility to consider is if your dog is home alone throughout the day, he might lack bladder control. It would help if you had a friend, a neighbor, or someone in your family let your dog out halfway through the day. You could also look into hiring a dog walker, which would be very beneficial for your dog if you are away for long hours.

Whether you’re training your puppy or dog for the first time or need to retrain, we’ve listed some ideas for sprays that should help you throughout this process.

What to Spray on Carpet to Keep Dogs From Peeing

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!