Toilet training your dog is not that hard of a task but it requires loads of commitment and consistency. The amount of sheer dedication that is needed to toilet train your dog is a lot. The one reason why a lot of pups and adult dogs end up losing their homes is because they don’t learn to potty in the right places and the cleanup task starts to frustrate their owners. Although it is a fairly easy task but the process to learn where to potty gets dragged along for quite some time for your dog. However with proper guidance, commitment, consistency and persistence your dog would eventually learn when and where to go if nature calls.
Now there are few more tips that would get your dog to understand how everything around the house works. These tips are:
- You need to control what your dog eats; your dog’s eating habits can help you to stay in track of its excretory hours.
- You need to keep a very consistent schedule so your dog learns and memorizes it. Feeding and exercise then a trip outside would help it remember what it needs to do if it needs to go.
- Remember like humans, dogs need exercise too. It helps aid their digestion and with their motility.
- Remember you need to keep taking your dog outside of the house especially after it has had a meal and an adequate amount of exercise. This is when your dog memorizes it’s routine and even when you won’t be around it would know what to do rather than soiling the house.
Now that we’ve covered up all of the basic tips let’s delve deeper into the problem here. The actual training of your pup and what are the techniques. The most efficient forms of training are:
- Crate training;
- Paper or pad training;
- Taking your dog outside, a lot!
If you think crates are like a prison or are too confining for your dog then that mindset of yours would change within the first few days of owning a pet, especially if you’re new to one. Crates will definitely come in handy when you’re planning to have this long prosperous relationship with your dog, they’d be of great help once you’d start traveling with your dog, for example to the vet or any other place for that matter. And hey don’t worry your dog would probably not hate the crate, if anything it would love it and have a place that would serve as your dog’s domain. The sense of having your own domain would become a reason for it to keep it clean and not create a mess with its own waste.
Now remember when you’re getting a crate make sure it’s big enough for your dog to lie down and turn and stand but not too big so that it moves around too much. Too small a crate would cause your dog discomfort, too large a crate would make your dog create a mess in it. It would then make one side absolutely dirty and settle in the other and who is to say that it won’t do the same in the house too? Get an adjustable crate which has a partition which would support your dog’s size as it grows.
You would know when your puppy needs to potty because dog’s send clear signals such as whining or scratching and delaying them would actually unleash them to create a total mess in the crate. Now that is something you don’t want because that’s going to give your dog the wrong signal that it’s okay to mess up its living quarters. So as soon as your dog gives you the signal, take it outside. It’ll know what to do next.
Paper or pad training:
This is when the owner of the pup is not around the house much so that the dog could be taken outside to relieve itself. This technique could also be used with younger dogs who are living in harsh weather conditions.
This is the one technique that allows the dog to relieve itself at a desired place if your domicile. However, it is not the most suitable of techniques and could only serve as a temporary option. Make sure that once your dog gets older or more tolerant of the weather that it is trained to do its work outside of the domicile.
Taking frequent trips outside:
Out of all the methods to toilet train your dog the most efficient one is to take it outside. Dogs apparently have very weak bladders so they have this frequent need to pee. They feel the need to relieve themselves in every one to two hours. So confining your dog to your quarters is only going to do you more harm. If you feed it and leave in the house all day, your dog is going to wreak havoc with all that waste lying around everywhere.
The best option here is that you feed your dog play with it a bit or engage it in some sort of exercise and then take it outside. Or you could take it outside right after you feed it. Be very consistent with your dog’s schedule so that it sticks with it. Also give it a treat every time it relieves itself outside in the right spot that would serve great for its well behavior. Also remember not to scold your pup it does it on the wrong spot. That would be bad training.
With these techniques your dog would definitely learn to differentiate between its living quarters and where it’s toilet should be. Just remember you need to be very patient consistent and affectionate towards your dog. Do not lose your temper or get frustrated and let your dog go. Your affection would help a lot in helping the dog to learn what it needs to do and when. With all these things under consideration you and your dog would go a long and prosperous way together.