on Potty Training
With Housetraining Accidents
if after behaving impeccably for months, suddenly your
dog starts having "accidents"? What should
you be doing? Will you yell at him to stop? Give him
a smack? Become frustrated and irritated all over again?
Or will you rather work out the situation?
think as a serious dog owner, you would do the latter.
There could be many reasons owing to sudden accidents
on your dog's part:
Most often medical problems play the leading role. Your
dog might be hit by a bladder infection. So, if a dog,
which has not given you problems before, starts eliminating
within the house, the first thing you should do is to
take him to his vet to rule out this possibility.
If you have a senior dog and old age is catching up
with your pet, he might start to lose control over his
bladder. You can switch over to doggie diapers. They
are convenient and easy to dispose. But make sure, you
don't make your dog wear them for more than 4 to 5 hours
at a stretch.
A change in environment for instance, can often cause
a dog to regress in his habits. Sometimes it's very
hard to figure out what this environmental change is.
In such a case get him used to the neighborhood and
give him enough space.
If your dog comes across a new dog who is not housebroken
enough and starts to imitate the other dog.
should you handle such situtations?
way you look at it, it's going to be tough getting your
back to the routine he once followed, unless it's a
clear case of infection. That, of course, calls for
an obvious dose of medication. It's when he's suffering
from mental stress that you have to show enormous patience
and understanding to cure his problem.
your pet is fully housebroken already, then it will
not take much time.
Cases In Housetraining
housetraining is effected by special cases that becomes
difficult for dog owners top handle. They can be:
owners who need to keep their pets home alone for long
periods of time, often complain that they come home
to a mess. In most cases their dogs eliminate in places
where they certainly should not, along with other behavioral
problems like chewing at clothes, shoes and upholstery.
anxiety is a common problem among dog owners who leave
their dogs alone at homes for more than six hours.
prevent yourself coming back to a smelly or messy home
everyday, you need to housetrain your dog accordingly
- from Day 1.
training your dog is a good way to lessen many sources
of anxiety - both yours and your dog's. A crate works
as the best alternative to a den. Your dog would feel
safe and secure in its den. A crate should be big enough
to allow the dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down,
but again not too big either.
you will be locking your dog up at home, training him
to eliminate indoors can be a better idea. You can use
wee pads that are modern day alternatives to newspapers.
They are easily available in different pet stores.
no matter what you use, make sure you place them at
a safe distance from where your dog eats and sleeps
everyday. And keep the place of elimination fixed to
one particular area in the house.
always advice my clients not to make a huge fuss before
leaving the house. Smothering your pet with hugs or
apologies will only attract your pets attention.
you don't want to come home to an anxiety driven pet,
a casually said 'see you soon' will do. And when you
come back avoid eye contact with your dog for the first
few minutes. Act like your leaving home was not a big
deal at all.
keep the time short the first time you leave. Say about
5 minutes. Gradually increase the time so that your
dog gets used to the idea of staying alone at home.
small note of advice: Never keep your dog alone
for more than 12 hours.
do not punish your dog for the 'accidents' occurred
while you were gone. This will only make the matters
your dog to commands like 'sit', 'stand', 'go' and so
on. This will enhance your potty training sessions along
with helping you to curb other behavioral problems related
to separation anxiety.
separation anxiety leads to submissive or excitement
like human beings, dogs too are sometimes scared or
threatened. Consequentially their confidence is hampered.
These are the times when sudden urination may occur.
This phenomenon is known as Submissive Urination .
dog submits to the perceived fear and as expresses it
in the form of uncontrolled urination. You may think
that your dog is sensing danger without any reason,
which might as well be a possibility. But you have to
understand that it is not a real danger but only a perceived
one. It is you who can help him overcome this fear by
not being too harsh with him.
at the same time you have to teach him to take commands
and also familiarize him with new, happy circumstances.
Also reward him occasionally to boost his confidence.
Urination may occur under the following situations:
When you scold your pet
When your dog meets a stranger or a person unfamiliar
When he hears a loud noise
When he is scared of something
When your dog is suffering from separation anxiety
When he is abused, treated with violence beaten,
neglected or slapped
he lacks confidence in himself
will know it is a submissive urination when:
When he urinates in a posture like crouching or
rolling on his belly
he eliminates just out of the blue
should you handle such situations:
Be gentle to your dog and greet him as gently as
Consult a vet to know whether there are any underlying
physical reasons behind it
Reward him whenever he shows signs of confidence
Teach him the commands like “sit” or
“stay” to calm him down
Do not be over-dominating or over-bearing
Never look into his eye. Instead of that you may
look at his back
Touch his chin in an affectionate manner
Never be harsh to him or punish him. Use positive
remember that you are dealing with a very sensitive
animal that is intensely affected by your behavior,
so see to it that you treat him with utmost affection.
your dog and assuring him of the fact that he is good
will work wonders in boosting his confidence.
your pet's water intake, so that he can gain control
over his urination. In case you are expecting guests,
you can restrain him from drinking a lot of water, but
make sure you do not do this for an extended period
loud noise or scolding makes a dog jitterier, try to
avoid that. Do not listen to music or watch television
that loud. On the other hand proper obedience training
can work really well in building confidence in your
dog. In case you have to scold your dog, just say a
firm “NO”. Often a loud yell makes the dog
more nervous than ever.
playtime or when approached by someone he is extremely
fond of, a dog may urinate out of excitement. This problem
eases out as the dog grows up, unless of course he is
treated harshly of forced to act against his will.
Urination may occur under the following situations:
Your dog becomes too excited while playing his favorite
he is greeted by someone he is quite fond
When he sees you after a long period of time
should you handle such situations:
him from becoming to excited during any
Do not make any fuss after returning home. Make
it look casual and no big deal
Approach him gently
Never punish him or yell out at him
See a vet to cure any underlying physical ailment
Leave him alone when he jittery
most cases, excitement urination occurs in pups that
are less than a year old; they have very little bladder
control. More often than not this problem eases out
as the pup grows up. Your pup is not aware that he is
urinating, so scolding him would not help. Rather it
would aggravate the problem.
best thing to do is not to let your dog get over-excited.
If he urinates when you arrive, repeat this activity
several times. Also ignore his urination. This will
help him get over his anxiety.
case your dog gets excited when you greet him, then
approach him gently, preferably from the side. Avoid
head-on encounters and direct eye contact. Make him
feel comfortable in familiar surroundings.
consistency and intelligent use of positive reinforcement
will make you the owner of a perfectly housetrained
dog easily and smoothly. Don't expect miracles. You
will only be disappointed.
Well, that should be enough for one day. I will be back
soon with more of vital potty training issues. I am
sure if you follow all the instructions meticulously
you should be able to handle the sessions well.
am not saying that housebreaking your dog will become
a piece of cake with these tips I mentioned in this
following the pointers I provided your today will help
you immensely and your housetraining sessions will be
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