No one likes when their dog pees or poops in the house, right?
Most of the issues that dog owners call me with are the same. Typically the list of problem behaviors they deal with are lack of potty training, pulling on the leash, jumping up and general disobedience.
Potty training is typically the first bad behavior I address, simply because it's gross and it is the first thing the owners want taken care of.
BUT, I can't be the one to train their dog to use the bathroom outside because I am not there all the time. So it is up to the owner to potty train their own dog.
I like to keep things as simple as possible for people, so I decided to come up with a easy potty training program that anyone can do, and it works like a charm!
Before you learn the steps, one thing to remember here is that consistency is key here. Without consistency potty training your dog will be a pain-staking process.
Lets jump right in!
Let your dog out A LOT!
If your dog is eliminating in the house, one of two things are going on, your dog is not being let out frequently enough.
Or, you are letting your dog out enough but he doesn't know that outside is where he is supposed to go potty. This is where the training comes in, which leads us into step number two.
Reward your dog for doing the right thing!
When working with your dog on their bathroom habits it is crucial to make sure they know they are doing the right thing.
The best way to go about this is to go out with your dog in the beginning and when they potty outside, tell your dog "Good boy!" and give him a treat! Make going potty in the right place a BIG deal!
Supervise potty breaks!
In the beginning, you need to be keeping an eye on your dog when you take him out. You don't necessarily have to go out with your dog every time, you can also watch through a window.
When first starting potty training, I do recommend going outside with your dog so you can reward him for doing the right thing.
Supervising potty breaks will give you another advantage because you can start to come up with a pattern of when your dog uses the bathroom and wether he pees or poops.
Crate train your dog!
During the potty training process, using a crate is crucial! When you are not home, your dog needs to be in a crate. When you are home and not paying attention to (doing a project, cooking dinner, watching a movie, etc.) your dog should be in a crate.
The main reason your dog needs to be crate trained is because if you are not paying attention or supervising your dog, he has a chance to go into another room and potty in the floor. Using the crate is an awesome way to avoid unwanted accidents!
If you catch your dog using the bathroom in your home, interrupt the behavior!
By interrupt the behavior I mean you need to tell your dog "No!" firmly and then rush him to the door and let him out immediately!
Step 6 (Optional)
Start a potty log!
This is optional, but if you are serious about quickly getting your dog potty trained, then starting a potty log is awesome!
Every time you take your dog out, write down the time and wether your dog peed, pooped, both, or neither. This will allow you to track your dogs potty habits as well create a pattern. When you develop a pattern, you can figure out when your dog needs to be let out.
In this log, you should also track any accidents your dog has in between potty breaks and times you discover the accidents.
I hope this helpful and you can train your dog quickly to use the bathroom in the right place!
A Few Tips
Always make sure your dog is clear of any medical issues that could be related to eliminating.
Dogs are social creatures by nature. If your dog is in the same room as you and he gets up randomly and goes to another room for no reason, it is probably because he needs to relieve himself!
Never punish your dog for eliminating in the house. If your dog is eliminating in the house, it is almost always the humans fault. So please never spank, hit, or punish your dog for going in the house but instead take the time and train your dog the right way.
Thanks for reading!
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