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Potty Training

Potty Training is probably the most desired training. No one wants to live in a home with a dog soiling everything.

Here are some useful tips to help you potty train your dog or puppy.

Tip 1: For the best results use a crate. Put the dog or puppy in a crate at night to eliminate accidents. 

Tip 2: Do not leave the dog or puppy alone without supervision. Confining him to an area where you can watch him is best. (Baby gates will come in handy)

 

Tip 3: Be consistent. Dogs thrive in structured environments and will do much better if they know what to expect from you.

Here is a basic step by step plan to help you house train your puppy:

Step 1: Take your puppy out often. Depending on his age, you may need to take him out every hour and a half or two hours, after play and naps. You will also need to take him out after he eats or drinks (2-4 months old). An adult dog will need to go out less, but start with every few hours.

Step 2: If you have a fenced yard, go out with your puppy. He will not want to do his business alone. Don't play with him outside until he is done pottying. After pee and poo give him a treat and a lot of praise. Adult dogs generally do well with a fenced yard and will basically house train themselves, but these same principles can be applied.

If you do not have a fenced yard, take your puppy out on a leash. Do the same as Step two except try to stay in the same general area so he has less distractions with new smells. Give a treat after pee and poo then go straight inside. 

Step 3. To teach your dog or puppy to let you know he has to go, take him to the door you always want him to use. Make him scratch the door, bark or ring a bell. I like to use a bell. I make the puppy ring the bell every time we go out. If your puppy goes to the door at any point take him out, if he potties give him praise and a treat.

 

This requires complete consistency if you want it to work. An adult dog can learn this as well. Sometimes adult dogs already have a way to let you know (going to the door, laying by the door, whining, barking at the door and sometimes nudging you to go out).

Rules:

IF YOU CATCH your puppy or dog pottying in the house scold him. If you DO NOT catch him ignore it, clean it up and try better next time.

DO NOT rub your dog's nose in the pee or poo

If your dog goes to the door and you do not take him out and he potties in the house, ignore it.

If your dog goes to the door take him out immediately and be sure to praise and treat for good behavior.

 

If you have other questions not addressed here please contact me and I would be happy to help you.

 

 

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