All Dogs Need To Be House Trained
Housetraining is a behavior modification necessity for every dog that lives indoors. Some puppies come "pre-trained" and others do not. Older dogs that have been through training can also relapse to peeing inside.
Why Do Dogs Pee In The House?
- Mark their Territory
- Lack of Training
- Medical Problem
Puppy Potty Training Tips
- Begin by setting up an area for your dog to be in. This can be a crate, a playpen, or a sectioned off area. Baby-gates are good for sectioning part of the house. In this area set up the puppy's living space. Make sure that your puppy does not have access to areas that can be damaged by him going to the bathroom inside.
- When first introducing your puppy to your home, do not let him loose in the house. Instead, bring your puppy in on the leash. Walk him through your home, allowing him to take in the environment, but gently preventing him from becoming fixated on any particular objects or eliminating inside.
- Establish an eating and bathroom schedule for the puppy. The basics are to feed the puppy at the same time (and don't leave food out all the time), taking him to potty at the same time, and taking him to the same place.
- In addition to taking your puppy out after he sleeps, eats, or plays, also take him out once an hour to his spot.
- Right after he finishes, mark the action with a verbal command, "Go Potty" so that he understands what the command means. Telling him to, "Go Potty" before he has the proper action to associate with the command will slow down the training process.
- After he has finished going potty, praise him and give him a reward - treats, attention or time to play. If the weather is nasty it is okay to bring him in for play - the key is that he does not associate going with the end of free time since that encourages him to hold his wastes in.
The Do's and Don'ts of Housebreaking
- Don't punish the puppy for an earlier gift left for you. Punishment only works if he is caught in the act. Subsequent punishment is counter-effective.
- Do use an odor neutralizing product to ensure that the area is clean. Left over scents encourage a dog to eliminate there again.
- Don't pick up the mess when your dog is watching.
- Do take the puppy or dog outside after he eats, drinks, wakes up, finishes sniffing items, or finishes play/training.
- Do check with a vet if the problem is occurring in a previously house-broken dog to rule out any medical issues.
- Do keep your puppy on a consistent eating and potty schedule.
- Don't praise during the activity itself - wait until after he is done.
- Do be patient. Housetraining usually takes 3-4 weeks but can take a few months so be patient with your new puppy or dog if he is struggling.
Older dogs that are having problems with peeing inside should be taken to the vet for a medical examination. If there has been a recent change in the household (new member or other change) the peeing and eliminating could be a sign of marking territory or distress.
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