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Is Your Dog Potty Trained Enough?

Dog 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.

Potty training is a necessity. Some see it as a hassle and some as a challenge.

For me it is a part of bringing up a pet.

There are few things you need to know and keep in mind before you actually start potty training him.

They 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 a situation.
  • 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 sudden accidents.
  • 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.

Now we will move on to how to potty train a puppy and adult dog.

 

Potty Training A Puppy

Irrespective 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.

A 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.

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 it eliminates there. Then bring him to his crate.

Repeat the situation everyday until he has developed a habit out of it.

 

Potty Training An Adult Dog

The 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 check-up.

See whether it has developed any medical problem and cure it from the root level.

However, 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.

You 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.

You can try dog crates, but be careful to introduce him gradually. Dogs don't normally pee or poop where they sleep or eat.

If 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 occasions.

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