My Dogs Are Morons and My Garage Smells Like Pee

by Kristen King on June 5, 2009

( —The dog owners among you have probably extrapolated that the garage smells like pee because the dogs are morons. It’s been raining for days, and rather than go outside in the yard like good dogs, like the well-mannered dogs they’re supposed to be, one or both of the big dogs has taken to peeing on boxes in the garage, where it is (was!) dry. And tools. And the garbage can. And Jesse’s motorcycles.

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to get the smell of dog urine out of concrete, but it’s neither fun nor easy. Concrete, as you know, is porous. Urine, as you also know, is a liquid. Liquid is just excellent at seeping into pores and staying there until it dries, leaving its lovely, lovely aroma behind.

Scrubbing helps, but doesn’t do the job completely. I’ve tried soaking the affected areas with pools of soapy water, bleachy water, vinegary water, straight vinegar, and Nature’s Miracle. Yet, my garage still smells like dog pee, and I’m running out of ideas.

I guess I should be proud, in a way, that the dogs have such superior problem-solving skills. They don’t like getting wet, so they stay inside but not actual inside. It’s good logic, if you’re a dog. I wish I had comparable strategic skills.

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1 Lori June 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Yea, that’s not coming out. I hate that. Had a cat that did that to my baseboards upstairs. Only found out about it a few months later when the upstairs got really HOT. Ew.

Just don’t try Clorox. I nearly killed myself (literally) once by mixing Clorox with dog pee. I know I burned my lungs – I couldn’t breathe right for months.

Have you tried those carpet shampoos that supposedly remove urine and odors?

2 Dawn Herring June 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Animal urine is the most putrefying odor and is almost impossible to get rid of. I don’t know of any solution for getting rid of the odor; sorry. I only own a cat, and she uses her litter box, although that odor is nasty in itself if I don’t clean it out frequently. Oh, and my cat Sophie doesn’t like getting wet either, although she’ll stop in after someone’s taken a shower to drink whatever water deposits are left on the shower floor. I saw her shaking her paws off when she got out the other day. She loves the water enough to get her feet wet! (Even though there is water in her water bowl; go figure.)

3 Aimee June 21, 2009 at 3:33 am

A very evil cat got inside our cement-floored shop and peed all over the floor, several times over. I mopped and mopped and discovered that the only effective means of getting that smell out of the floor was ammonia mixed with hot water. It works. Just wear a mask and don’t breathe too much. :)

4 Shane October 19, 2009 at 8:46 am

I know the feeling of having your whole house smell like pee. This is common to us with household pets especially during their first year. We really have to potty train them and do extra measure to minimize the effect like cleaning from time to time and checking knowing their schedule when nature is calling. We also need to know how they think to be able to effectively train them. Reading inspiring articles about dogs can be very helpful. Here’s a site where I also get inspiring stories and information on dog care tips. They also offer homemade dog treats
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5 lindsey March 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm

We have motorcycles, two pugs, a garage, and the same problem your having. ugh! they hump each other(both are girls) and they wont play outside, only on you and bite, and like to pee on fresh laundry and anything in the garage…

6 TBB February 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

The number one thing to use after a Dog pooping or a peeing incident in the house is Petastic – ironically this product is made by e same makers of natures miracle however it actually works…

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