Over the weekend, our four, seven-week-old puppies were moved to their new environs. They attempted to take over the entire downstairs (of course) and cry bitterly when put in their new area. Thisnew area is very nice, the same size as their original digs. It just doesn't contain my desk, desk chair and other office furniture. A large part of this move was prompted by the inability for me to work while my toes were chewed by sharp baby teeth. Another large part was the smell of the upstairs rug!
Pup smells are not as bad as grwn up dog smells, and no where near as bad as cat smells. All these smells can be neutralized by two ingredients. I used to rely on white vinegar to get out urine. It works better than amost any of the over the counter remedies. White vinegar breaks down the chemical parts of urine that make it smell (and those that don't as well). Also, white vinegar won't hurt septic systems or the environment.
The only downside to white vinegar is that it isn't a detergent. When I need something that does the job and also cleans, I rely on a product called Odo-Ban. Odo Ban works on everything, the container says it kills the same number of germs as bleach. I use both white vinegar and Odo-Ban as a pre-wash for puppy towels and bedding, on the floor with a mop and even on furniture. Odo'Ban will leave a sweet detergent smell after it dries. This smell goes away after a day or so. Odo-Ban is sold at Home Depot. It is about $10 a gallon, much less expensive than most of the specialist cleaners for pet smells.
Now that they live downstairs, its easier to let the puppies out into the kitchen and living room to play, and also they have a view of outside. The snow is still over the tips of their ears. Once it's certain that they won't get lost under the snow and turn into pup-cicles, they will begin their puppy snowboarding lessons.
Stay tuned, the pupcam will be watching!