House Training a puppy or adult Dog is such an essential issue for its owner, that even a single exclusive tip turns out to be extremely helpful.
The first step in making your Dog fit for polite company would be to potty train him. Some see this training as a hassle and some as a challenge.
For me, it is part of bringing up a pet. That is what you want it to be for you as well. It should not be a hassle, even though it does get aggravating sometimes just know that it is temporary.
A Little Pre-Potty Training
There are a few things you need to know before you actually start potty training a puppy or adult Dog. I will break these down for you below, before we get into the actual training.
You need to understand your dogs body language. Watch for signs that will indicate to you when your pet wants to relieve themselves.
If you own puppies, remember that they need to go potty at fairly frequent intervals.
As soon as they wake up, after short naps, after play-time, after meals, before and after being crated, and before retiring for the night.
Take your Dog for walks at the time that he usually does his potty. Take him out to the yard and then to the same place where they seem to answer to natures call.
Praise your Dog after he goes in the right place. Some Dog owners even give treats to their dogs.
But remember to do this every time he does it right. He will relate the rewards to his having “done it right” and zero in on the spot where you want him to go regularly.
With time, you can try signal training. This is so that you know when your dog wants to go. You can hang a bell at his level near the door, and teach him to push it with his nose, or pat it with his paw on his way out.
Until your Dog has been fully potty trained keep him under strict watch. Do not let him roam around the house freely.
Use a crate. A crate-trained Dog is usually very happy to get his own den. The advantage of crating is that dogs do not soil the place where they sleep, for the most part. So, he will naturally not want to go inside the crate. That is unless he /she is just crated to long and not being watched or taken out as needed.
What If You Can’t Go Outside All the Time
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Use positive reinforcements while housebreaking puppies or adult dogs. Do not scold or hit him, as you will gain nothing by doing that. He will only associate punishment with your return from outside.
If you catch him in the act, a stern ‘NO’ or ‘FREEZE’ will do. It will startle the Dog enough for him to stop pooping.
Be prepared to return to a messy and stinky home if you are keeping your Dog home alone for more than 4 hours as separation anxiety is quite common among dogs being left alone in that manner.
Accidents Do Happen
Accidents will happen. It is unusual for a trained adult Dog to work against its house training. But medical problems or health disorders may lead to sudden accidents.
Many dogs mark their territory. These can be a leg of a table or a particular wall. Intact male and female dogs mark their territories by urinating. Use deodorizers to spray on the places where your Dog has marked.
If you are patient and are ready to accept that house training a dog takes time, even months sometimes, you will end up having a good house trained Dog.
Potty Training A Puppy
Irrespective of breeds, house training a puppy is considered to be one of the biggest challenges by dog owners. If you think house training your puppy simply involves a steady supply of old newspapers, then think again.
A puppy does not develop full control over his bladder until they are over 4 or 5 months old. Since they are growing and developing rapidly at this time, puppies eat more, burn more calories and need to simply go more frequently than an adult Dog.
After each nap, meal, drink or play, take your puppy to his designated area (indoors or outdoors, wherever you have decided) and stay there until he/she does what nature has intended. Then bring him to his crate.
Repeat this situation every day until he has developed a habit out of it.
Potty Training An Adult Dog
The best way to house train an adult Dog is to begin all over again.
Observe him very closely. Maybe even maintain a diary of where he goes and when.
Whether he is pooping when you are home, or only when you are outside. Whether you can time yourself to be home when he feels the need to go outside.
You can try dog crates, but be careful to introduce him gradually to them.
Remember, commitment, consistency, and intelligent use of positive reinforcement will make you the owner of a perfectly house trained Dog.
Don’t expect miracles. You will only be disappointed.
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