New owners of puppies usually get very excited once their pooch reaches home. However, the excitement often dies down the moment the puppy eliminates where it isn’t supposed to. This article will help you get started on dog potty training.
Dog potty training is simplest when the pet is still a puppy. While it is highly possible to still potty train an older dog, you’d want to save yourself from all the frustration and long processes by starting as early as possible.
It is an inevitable fact that puppies need to eliminate. The troubling part is the communication barrier between dogs and humans. Dogs will never know the ‘appropriate’ time or place to do their business unless they are taught to.
The most effective toilet training techniques for dogs comprise of a few key factors. These include confinement, training, timing and rewarding. So what technique should you use to toilet train your dog? Let’s find out.
There is a wide range of different potty training techniques that can be employed for a dog. Considering an ideal potty training technique is essential and depends mainly on the age of the dog, your living space, the time that you have to work with your dog, and what technique you are most at ease with. Some techniques motivate dogs to utilize the outdoors to do their business, while others concentrate limiting areas indoors that the dog can use to relieve itself with the employment of newspapers, litter boxes or toilet training pads.
Crate training is one of the most popular methods used to potty train dogs. Dogs have this natural instinct to keep its bedding or sleeping area clean. What crate training does is use this natural instinct to the trainer’s advantage. Most, if not all households are just too large for a puppy or dog to consider them as their bedding or sleeping area.
A crate should be used to start potty training your dog. It will help him wait until he is lead outside to relieve himself. Crate training does call for active participation and monitoring from the handler.
First, you should familiarize yourself with the certain times your dog needs to go. Try to catch their habits and patterns. Dogs are likely to eliminate after eating or drinking, so it might be simpler if you just take your dog out after every meal. Similarly, you must schedule feeding times. Since your dog is likely to eliminate after finishing its meal, it only makes sense that you feed your dog on a fixed schedule.
Your next step is to assign a ‘spot’ for your dog. When you take it out, guide it to a particular area for it to do its business. Use that particular area every time. Your dog will eventually identify that area as its ‘relieving spot.’ If your dog happens to pee or poop in a spot where it isn’t supposed to, tell it off with a firm (but not harsh) tone.
Finally, a very effective part of dog potty training is rewarding your dog. Usually, a simple praise will do whenever it eliminates at the right time and place.