March 3, 2010

10 Tips on Potty Training your Dog

Filed under: dog potty training,potty training dogs,training your dog — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:37 am

Getting a new puppy is truly an exciting time for your family. Welcoming a new pet provides a lot of fun and love but also requires a lot of work. One of the most important duties of the dog owner is potty training. With these simple tips, you should be able to quickly and easily potty train your dog.

    1. Crate Train – Dogs don’t like to toilet where they sleep so crate training can be a great way to prevent accidents during the night or when you’re away from home.
  • Record Puppy Business – Make a chart to track your puppy’s behavior. Maintain accurate records of when your puppy eats and when it typically needs to relieve himself and you’ll be ready to take him outside when it’s necessary.
  • Consistency, Consistency, Consistency – Always maintain consistent rules and a consistent schedule. Take him outside frequently during potty training and always feed him at the same time. Also, be consistent with praise and punishment so your dog gets clear signals.
  • Praise! Praise! Praise! – All behavioral studies show that praise is much more effective for altering your dog’s behavior than punishment. When you catch your dog demonstrating good behavior, reward him with a treat or a rub and he’ll be more likely to repeat that behavior.
  • Establish a Regular Toilet Territory – Toileting in the same area every time will help remind your dog to relieve himself when he’s outside. Dogs are easily excited by the prospect of a walk or some time outside so by toileting in the same area you are creating potent reminders for your dog to do his business.
  • Expect Accidents – In the early stages of potty training your dog, accidents will be common. Instead of punishing your dog for going inside, praise him when he goes outside.
  • Start Young – It’s always easier to train younger animals, regardless of the behavior, so start potty training your puppy as soon as possible.
  • Stubborn Puppies – Some dogs will require more training than others. The key is to be patient. Also, dogs who are punished when they go to the bathroom indoors might not understand why they’re being punished. If you don’t actually catch your dog going inside, don’t punish him.
  • Marking Territory – Dogs might mark their territory when they feel nervous or insecure but it is also a natural behavior. Male dogs that mark their territory inside may need to be neutered.
  • Submissive Urination – Young puppies will sometimes urinate when they are scared, upset, or excited but should never be punished. This behavior is uncontrollable and should stop by the time your puppy is 7 months old.


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