on Potty Training
Your Dog Potty Trained Enough?
potty training is such an essential issue for all dog
owners that a single exclusive tip turns out to be extremely
helpful. That is why I thought of writing this article
to you, on few of the most essential housetraining issues.
The first step to socialize your dog is perhaps potty
training him. A fully housebroken dog is what every
dog owner wants to own.
training is a necessity. Some see it as a hassle and
some as a challenge.
me it is a part of bringing up a pet.
are few things you need to know and keep in mind before
you actually start potty training him.
are given below:
You need to understand your dog's body language.
Spend as much as time you can with your dog. Watch
for signs that will indicate you, that your pet
wants to eliminate now.
Puppies need to go potty every now and then - as
soon as they wake up, after short naps, after play-time,
after meals, before and after being crated and finally
before retiring for the night.
You need to take your dog for walks. Take him out
for a walk in the yard and take him to the same
place every time he needs to answer nature's call.
Praise your dog after he eliminates at the right
place. Some dog owners even give their dogs treats.
These are known as 'potty-treats'. But remember
to do this every time he does it right. He will
relate going potty to rewards and do it right.
With time you can try signal training. This is to
know when your doggie wants to go potty. 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 a dog has been fully potty trained keep him
under strict vigilance. Do not let him roam around
the home 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.
So, he will naturally not eliminate inside the crate.
It will give you an opportunity to take him out
to go potty.
If you have a small dog and if you live in a high-rise
building or in a place that does not have a proper
backyard to take a dog for walking, you can try
litter pan training. What you do is create a space
for your pet to eliminate in your house itself.
This can also be an emergency-arrangement.
Use positive reinforcements while potty training
your dog. Do not scold or hit him. You will gain
nothing by doing that. He will not associate your
punishment with the accident. In return, he will
associate your return with punishment. If you catch
him in the act, a stern 'NO' or 'FREEZE' will do.
It will startle the dog enough to stop.
Be prepared to return to soiled home if you are
keeping your dog home alone for more than 4 hours.
Separation anxiety is quite common among home alone
dogs and you will have to be ready to handle such
Accidents will happen. It is unusual for a trained
adult dog to work against its housetraining. But
medical problems or health disorder may lead to
Many dogs mark their territory. These can be mostly
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
perfect potty training takes time, even months sometimes,
you will end up having a good housetrained dog.
we will move on to how to potty train a puppy and adult
Training A Puppy
of breeds, housetraining a puppy is considered to be
one of the biggest challenges by dog owners. If you
think housetraining your puppy simply involves a steady
supply of old newspapers, then think a again.
puppy does not develop full control over his bladder
until it is over 4 or 5 months. Since they are growing
and developing rapidly at this time, puppies eat more,
burns more calories and needs to eliminate more frequently
than an adult dog.
each nap, meal, drink or play, take your puppy to his
designated area (indoors or outdoors, wherever you have
decided) and stay there until it eliminates there. Then
bring him to his crate.
the situation everyday until he has developed a habit
out of it.
Training An Adult Dog
best way to housetrain an adult dog is begin all over
again. In case you have brought home an abused dog or
adopted it from a shelter, begin with a good physical
whether it has developed any medical problem and cure
it from the root level.
the best way to handle such a situation is to start
re-training your dog again. After the check-up is done
start re-training him.
need to observe your dog and his behaviour very closely.
Maybe even maintain a diary of where he goes and when.
Whether he is going when you are home and also when
you are outside; where you are when he goes out or feels
the need to.
can try dog crates, but be careful to introduce him
gradually. Dogs don't normally pee or poop where they
sleep or eat.
you ever catch him in the act, you can rush out with
him while saying "NO" so that he can finish
outside. Do not shout at him. That will not help any
of you. Try to teach him the word "outside"
(or whatever word you choose, stick to it) for such
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