Potty training a dog isn’t difficult. Learn to understand your dog , and you can easily teach him where to potty.
Your dog must learn where you want him to eliminate.
You’ll learn how to teach him that by following our easy four steps.
First, however, let’s talk about Rover’s ability to control his bladder and bowel.
If Rover is a puppy, he must learn bladder and bowel control. Control of the bladder and bowel is somewhat dependent on his age.
Until Rover is at least four months old, he will get little physical warning that he has to pee or poop. In addition, small breed dogs have smaller bladders and digestive systems which do not fully mature until around six months old.
So if you have a puppy or small breed dog, understand his physical limitations. Keep him within eyesight and watch for signs that he may need to relieve himself.
Some of the common signs you may see include: walking in circles, sniffing in an area he has used in the past to potty, looking at the door or potty area, or suddenly leaving the area.
FOUR EASY STEPS FOR POTTY TRAINING A DOG
3. Use a Potty Word
4. Stay Consistent
Timing is everything when it comes to potty training a dog.
You must always look for the “signs” that your dog needs to go outside. You must also anticipate when he may need to go out.
Your dog will need to relieve himself when he wakes up. Isn’t that about the first thing we like to do when we get up in the morning?
He will also need to relieve himself shortly after eating, drinking water, and exercise.
Generally, a dog will not pee or poop in his sleeping area.
Confinement to this area during periods of his potty training can speed along progress.
Furthermore, he will probably have to relieve himself when released from his crate or sleeping area.
We can use this knowledge to put Rover on a schedule that helps him have successful potty events.
Successful potty events, combined with praise, will lead to a fully house trained dog.
Feed two times per day while potty training a dog. Do not leave food or water down throughout the day.
Put a leash on him and take him to the potty area during the following times:
First thing in the morning when he wakes up.
After he eats.
Anytime he displays signs that he needs to potty.
Every couple of hours if he hasn’t gone lately.
USE A POTTY WORD!
Use a potty buzzword when you get Rover to the potty area.
Tell him to “go potty” (or whatever buzzword you choose) to indicate to Rover that it’s time to relieve himself.
Walk around if necessary to encourage his bladder and bowel functions. When he does start to relieve himself, give him lots of praise while he is voiding.
You may want to stay a minute or two longer after Rover is done. Sometimes, dogs (especially puppies) aren’t quite done the first time.
While potty training a dog, you’ll want to keep him focused.
Do not allow him to play when you take him out to potty. When he’s finished, bring him back into the house.
If you take him to the potty area, but he doesn’t do anything – keep him confined and try again in a little while.
The hardest part about potty training a dog is staying consistent.
Your little partner will catch on if you stay consistent in your training behaviors.
Remember to anticipate when he needs to potty, keep him on a regular schedule, and praise him when he demonstrates the right behavior.
The process for housebreaking dogs is basically the same regardless of whether you are housetraining a puppy, a small breed dog, or potty training a dog that is an adolescent or adult.
ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN
Accidents will happen while you’re potty training a dog, especially if he is of a young age.
It’s easy to make housetraining mistakes such as giving your dog the run of the house or not keeping him on a regular feeding schedule. These mistakes will delay his progress and make training more difficult.
There are two urinating situations that are not housebreaking problems. The first is known as leg lifting to mark territory. It is most common with male dogs that are not neutered, especially if they live in an environment with multiple male dogs.
If you have a dog that is leg-lifting, you might want to consider using a cummerbund. A cummerbund is a piece of material that wraps around his belly and contains an absorbent pad to manage the problem.
The second situation where the urinating problem is not a housetraining problem is submissive urination. A dog may urinate when he’s excited or when he first greets you. He is telling you that you are in charge, and he is not a threat.
The best way to handle this situation is to greet your dog casually.
Don’t act overly excited. When you get excited, he’ll get excited…and excitement adds to his need to urinate.
Help your dog gain confidence through training. As his confidence grows, his need for submissive urination will diminish.
Potty training a dog with the traditional method of paper training is one way to clearly define a potty area.
However, paper training creates a temporary indoor potty area. The dog must then be trained off the paper and to an outside potty area.
Crate training establishes the potty area outdoors. Puppy crates are used to contain the puppy or dog, so you remain in control of where he can eliminate. Crate training can be an invaluable aid to potty training a dog. Several housetraining aids are available in addition to a crate.
If you live in the city, a second floor condo or have a small breed dog, you may want to consider an indoor solution for potty training such as the use of housetraining pads, a doggy litter box, grass box, or Wizdog.
Housetraining pads are more convenient than newspapers in potty training dogs because they are absorbent and have a plastic backing. The problem with housetraining pads is your dog may track through the house and if she is very low to the ground or has long hair, she may become soiled.
Wizdog is a fairly new product that solves some of these issues. It combines the idea of a cat litter box with a grate that keeps the mess away from your dog.
The waste is collected beneath the grate on either piddle pads or newspapers. Save yourself some money by using newspapers. The plastic box will keep both solid and liquid wastes from soiling your home.
Other benefits for you and your dog include less clean up baths, elimination whenever your dog feels the urge (even if you are asleep or away), and a carpets that are not soiled and smelly from dog potty training accidents.