The key to changing pet behavior is to interrupt it in a startling manner as it happens. Then present positive options. The SprayAlert Alarm triggers immediately when the sensor is contacted by urine. The alarm duration is brief, less than ten seconds. Changing pet behavior depends on many factors. It depends upon the history of the pet and how prolific and habitual the spraying behavior. And also the pet's sensitivity and reaction to the alarm noise. Dogs are much better candidates for training and behavior. Addressing stress and behavioral issues is necessary for cats.
"Watch your dog when he is indoors for signs that he is thinking about urinating. When he begins to urinate, interrupt him with a loud noise and take him outside. If he urinates outside, praise him and give him a treat." - from Humane Society, Urine-Marking Behavior: How to Prevent It
Relapses - Old habits die hard
User comments: "By targeting certain areas that had a history of "spray activity", we were able to stop our cats from returning to the area, and were also able to save the area from the damage of "spray" sitting there for too long, rotting whatever it is sitting on."
"We just had a change in routine and of course once again went through a spell of spraying that hadn't happened in a while. It was really great to come home and check the Spray Alert to see if I had a problem. It's nice to know that it's not soaking in and becoming a more difficult problem to treat. "
Cleanup - Manage Habitual Sprayers
Your pet may have a habitual problem that you've decided to live with. The SprayAlert set on low volume can tell you when it's time to clean up.
"We had our first "hit" yesterday morning. Of course it was 6 in the morning, but it really worked well. I could instantly go and clean up the problem before it dried and made things worse. He was standing there stunned when I got to the room. ...it was very easy to clean off the pad and hook it back up."