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8 Best Potty-Training Sprays for Dogs in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Downtown Pet Supply Dog Potty Trainer

House-training is one of the first things you should teach your new dog when bringing him home. If you don’t teach him where to do his business, going in places you don’t want him to can quickly become a habit and lead to unpleasant and frequent messes. Plus, potty training can be particularly difficult when owners can’t be with their dogs around the clock.

Luckily, there are tools that can help make potty training easier, and one such tool is potty training spray. These sprays can help your dog learn where (or where not) to go potty so that he masters housetraining faster. If this sounds like something you could use, we’ve gathered what we think are the best potty-training sprays for dogs complete with reviews of each one in order to help you choose which one might work best for you.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2022

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
NaturVet Potty Training Aid NaturVet Potty Training Aid
  • The smell attracts your dog
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Suitable for puppies and adult dogs
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Nature’s Miracle House Break Spray Nature’s Miracle House Break Spray
  • Affordable
  • Comes in 2 different sizes
  • Contains pheromones that attract your dog
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    NaturVet Off Limits Training Spray NaturVet Off Limits Training Spray
  • Can be used outdoors and indoors
  • Keeps dogs away from certain areas
  • Safe for plants as well as fabrics and furniture
  • Best for Puppies
    Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray
  • Award-winning
  • Long-lasting scent
  • Made with sustainable ingredients
  • Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray
  • Award-winning
  • Made with sustainable ingredients
  • Safe to use on fabrics and plants/gardens
  • The 8 Best Potty-Training Sprays for Dogs

    1. NaturVet Potty Here Training Aid – Best Overall

    NaturVet Potty Here Training Aid

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    Ingredients: Deionized water, preservatives, proprietary attractive scent
    Type of Spray: Attractant
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    The best overall dog potty training spray is Naturvet Potty Here Training Aid. This is an attractant spray, which means that the chemicals found in it attract your dog to them, so you just spray it on areas where it’s okay for your dog to relieve themselves. It can be used both indoors and outdoors on real or artificial grass and on puppy pads.

    This spray is recommended for training both puppies and adult dogs on where to go potty. The more places you spray it, the faster your dog will pick up on it. However, some users say that it works better on pee pads or artificial grass mats than it does on real grass since it can get washed away easily by rain.

    Pros
    • The smell attracts your dog
    • Can be used indoors or outdoors
    • Suitable for puppies and adult dogs
    Cons
    • Can get washed away by the rain if used outdoors

    2. Nature’s Miracle House Breaking Potty Spray – Best Value

    Nature's Miracle House-Breaking Potty Training Spray

    Ingredients: Water, attractant scents, preservatives
    Type of Spray: Attractant
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    The best potty-training spray for the money is Nature’s Miracle House Breaking Potty Training Spray. Nature’s Miracle has a reputation for creating high-quality pet cleaning products and this potty-training spray is the most affordable on our list. It also comes in two different sizes, so you can purchase the large size for home and the smaller size for traveling (think hotel rooms or parks that your dog isn’t familiar with).

    This spray works indoors or outdoors and releases pheromones that attract your dog to the sprayed area and also help relax them enough to go potty there. However, even though dogs may be attracted to the smell, some users say that the product doesn’t have the most pleasant smell to them. If you have a sensitive nose, it may be best if you only use this product outdoors.

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Comes in 2 different sizes
    • Contains pheromones that attract your dog
    Cons
    • It may not smell great to humans

    3. NaturVet Off Limits Training Spray – Premium Choice

    NaturVet – Off Limits Training Spray

    Ingredients: Sodium lauryl sulfate, citronella oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil, clove oil, thyme oil, white pepper
    Type of Spray: Deterrent
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    Our top two products have both been attractant sprays. But NaturVet Off Limits Training Spray is a deterrent, which means that it is designed to be sprayed in areas where you don’t want your dog to go. With that being said, this spray is specifically designed to prevent dogs from chewing and digging, but it can also work for potty training since it is made with ingredients that don’t smell pleasant to dogs.

    This spray is safe to use in outdoor areas that you want your dog to stay away from, such as gardens and flower beds. But it can also be sprayed on furniture and carpets indoors without damaging or staining them.  However, it is a bit more expensive than other potty-training sprays, which is why we’ve listed it as our premium product choice.

    Pros
    • Can be used outdoors and indoors
    • Keeps dogs away from certain areas
    • Safe for plants as well as fabrics and furniture
    Cons
    • More expensive than other products
    • It may be more effective against chewing than peeing

    4. Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray – Best for Puppies

    Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray

    Ingredients: Water, emulsifier, attractant, preservative
    Type of Spray: Attractant
    Best for: Puppies

    Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray has won the Family Choice Award for outstanding pet products 2 years in a row. It’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and uses sustainable ingredients in the formula. Because of this, we like it the best for puppies because it won’t harm your puppy even if he accidentally licks some of the spray while it’s still wet.

    Even though we like this product best for puppies, it also works well with adult dogs. It can be used indoors and outdoors and the scent itself is long-lasting. However, some users say that the smell is a little off-putting although not as bad as the smell of dog urine and poop. It’s also a little more expensive than other products.

    Pros
    • Award-winning
    • Long-lasting scent
    • Made with sustainable ingredients
    Cons
    • A little pricey
    • It may not smell the best

    5. Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray

    Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray

    Ingredients: Purified water, vegetable-derived glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate, clove oil, peppermint oil, thyme oil, preservative
    Type of Spray: Deterrent
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    Bodhi Dog Not Here! Spray is very similar to our number four product. However, this is a deterrent spray that you spray in areas where you don’t want your dog to go potty. Again, it is made with eco-friendly and sustainable ingredients, plus it won a Family Choice Award. Plus, this spray is safe to use indoors on fabrics and outdoors on plants and in gardens.

    Like the attractant spray, this spray is a bit pricey. Plus, some users say that it doesn’t work well in areas that your dog has already peed in because it doesn’t mask your dog’s scent well enough. But when used on areas your dog hasn’t peed yet that you don’t want him to pee on, along with the attractant Bodhi Dog Potty Training Spray, this combination should be very effective.

    Pros
    • Award-winning
    • Made with sustainable ingredients
    • Safe to use on fabrics and plants/gardens
    Cons
    • Pricey
    • It may not be effective at masking old pee scents

    6. BlueCare Labs Dog Potty Training Spray

    Dog Potty Training Spray

    Ingredients: Water, sodium laureth sulfate, rosemary essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, enzymes, sodium benzoate
    Type of Spray: Deterrent
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    BlueCare Labs Dog Potty Training Spray is a deterrent spray that comes with a free downloadable guide to help make housebreaking your dog easier. It’s designed to be sprayed in areas where your dog has already peed to discourage re-marking, but it can also be used in areas where your dog hasn’t peed yet. Although the exact ingredients aren’t listed, the formula is non-toxic and contains no harsh chemicals or fragrances.

    This spray can be used both indoors and outdoors and is safe to use on indoor plants and most fabrics. BlueCare also offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with the product. But some users say that this product doesn’t work well if you have multiple dogs that all like to pee in the same spot.

    Pros
    • Non-toxic formula
    • 100% money-back guarantee
    • Includes free potty-training e-book
    Cons
    • The exact ingredients aren’t clear
    • It may not be effective if you have multiple dogs

    7. Out! PetCare Go Here Attractant

    OUT! PetCare Go Here Attractant

    Ingredients: Purified water, blend of fatty acids, pH adjuster
    Type of Spray: Attractant
    Best for: Puppies and adult dogs

    Out! PetCare Go Here Attractant potty training spray is designed for dogs of all ages to encourage them to go where you want them to. It’s made with simple ingredients that are safe for your dog as long as the products are used as intended. However, some users say that while their dog was attracted to the spray, they were more tempted to lick the area where it was sprayed rather than use the potty there.

    It’s designed to be both indoors and outdoors, and most users seem to have success at using it indoors on potty pads. However, they say that it doesn’t work as well outdoors and that their dog rolled in it instead of peeing in those spots. But it doesn’t have a strong smell like other attractant sprays and it is more affordable as well.

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Doesn’t have a strong smell
    Cons
    • It may not work as well outdoors
    • Some dogs are tempted to lick the spray

    8. Simple Solution Puppy Potty Training Aid

    Simple Solution Puppy Training Aid Spray

    Ingredients: Purified water, blend of fatty acids, pH adjuster
    Type of Spray: Attractant
    Best for: Puppies

    Simple Solution Puppy Potty Training Aid is designed to help puppies with knowing where to pee at. With that being said, it’s great to use indoors while your dog is still learning to go on a pee pad, but it may not work as well outdoors. Many users also say that this spray worked well for small-breed dogs while others say it did not work as well for large-breed dogs.

    This spray doesn’t have a strong smell which is great if you’re going to be using it indoors. But although it is more affordable than other products on this list, there are other products that are cheaper and seem to work better. The bottom line with this spray is that if you have a little dog, it will work better than if you have a bigger dog.

    Pros
    • Doesn’t have a strong smell
    • Great for puppies/small breeds
    Cons
    • Not the best value
    • It may not work as well outdoors
    • It may not work as well for large-breed dogs

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    FAQs About Potty-Training Sprays and Potty Training

    Why Do Dogs Potty Inside?

    Just like you have to teach a kid how to use the bathroom, dogs have to learn how to potty in their designated space, too. But whether or not your dog is potty trained, he’s going to have to go eventually. If they aren’t taught to go outside or aren’t taken outside when they will be forced to go somewhere inside the house. This can be frustrating because once they start going in the house, it can be hard to get them to stop.

    With that being said, dogs potty inside for two common reasons:

    1. They don’t know any better/lack training.
    2. Potty training isn’t consistent.

    Potty training dogs not only requires training but positive training. If you get mad at or scold your dog for going in the house, he or she may be hesitant to go potty at all, especially outside because they associate pottying with you yelling at them. Plus, unless you catch your dog going potty, he isn’t going to know why you’re scolding him anyway.

    Not only do you have to watch your dog’s behavior for signs that he has to go potty and take him outside accordingly, but you also have to be consistent with it.  If you don’t take your dog outside at regular intervals or you let him go in the house because you don’t feel like getting up, he’s going to continue going in the house when he has to go. Take your dog outside regularly until he learns to potty out there every time and make sure to praise him and give him a treat every time he does.

    How Do Dog Potty Training Sprays Work?

    Dogs often go potty in areas that have a specific scent, whether that be their own scent, the scent of another dog, or just a scent that tells them a specific spot is suitable for pottying in. That’s what leads many people to turn to the help of dog potty training sprays when potty training their dogs.

    There are two different types of potty training sprays: attractants and deterrents. Attractants contain ingredients and scents that attract dogs to them, while deterrents have ingredients and scents that deter dogs from going in certain areas.

    Attractant sprays tend to work better as they often contain ingredients that relax a dog so that he’s more likely to potty. Deterrent sprays can sometimes overwhelm a dog, plus they mostly serve the purpose of saying, “No, don’t go here,” instead of leading your dog to where he should go. He could still go somewhere inside the house that isn’t sprayed.  On the other hand, attractant sprays tell your dog, “Yes! Pee here,” so he’s more likely to use a specific spot.

    Most of the potty-training sprays that we mentioned above are attractants. However, it’s worth mentioning that you still have to actually teach your dog where and when to go potty. Potty training sprays are meant to be used as a training tool to help supplement your training. You can’t just spray them and expect your dog to use them or know where to go potty.

    If you’ve never potty-trained a dog before, don’t worry. We’ll offer some tips to help you out later on.

    Woman cleaning up dog poop
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    How Do You Use Dog Potty Training Sprays?

    To use dog potty training sprays, you simply spray them on an area in which you want your dog to potty (or don’t, depending on the type of spray you have). For example, if you’re wanting your dog to use a pee pad indoors, then you’ll need to spray the pee pad with an attractive potty-training spray to let your dog know where to go.

    Potty training sprays can be used outdoors too, but you may have to show your dog where you sprayed it since there is much more space and a whole lot more smells outdoors. Before taking your dog outside to potty for the first time, spray any areas in which it is okay for your dog to go potty. Then lead your dog toward one of the areas and let him sniff it. It may take a few minutes or even a few tries for your dog to learn what to do, but the smell should eventually attract him to potty or relax him enough to be able to go.

    Potty Training Tips:

    In addition to potty training spray, here are tips you can use to help your dog become potty trained faster:

    • Watch your dog’s behavior for sniffing around which is usually a sign he’s looking for somewhere to go. Take your dog outside if you notice this.
    • If you see your dog start to squat or raise his leg, clap as a distraction and take him outside.
    • Take your dog out on a regular schedule, such as:
      • First thing in the morning and last thing at night
      • Shortly after eating/drinking
      • After being in a crate or taking a nap
      • After spending an extended period of time indoors
    • Take your dog for frequent walks and praise him for pottying on those walks.
    • Offer praise and treats for going outdoors.
    • Do not punish or scold your dog for going indoors

    Even following all of the above tips, some dogs will master potty training faster than others. How quickly dogs master housetraining can depend on their breed or age, but the biggest thing is to be consistent and your dog will catch on eventually.

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    Conclusion

    We hope these reviews gave you some ideas of some dog potty training sprays to try. We like Naturvet Potty Here Training Spray as the best all-around product because it seems to work equally well for dogs of all ages and breeds. If you’re looking for the most affordable product, try Nature’s Miracle House Breaking Potty Training Spray.

    However, it’s important to remember that all potty-training sprays are different and what works for someone else’s dog may not work for your dog and vice versa. You may have to try out several different products before finding one that works the best. And finally, dog potty training sprays are most effective when used along with consistent training and techniques. You will still have to employ other potty-training methods even when using a potty training spray.


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