One of the most important things to teach your new dog is where a good place to relieve himself is. Obviously none of us want our dog to potty anywhere they feel like it. So training is super important. And it’s also a lot easier than most people think.
Whether you have a new puppy or adopted an older dog that is not potty trained, both can be trained the same way. So follow these steps below.
In the morning take your dog out of the crate and put a leash on him, immediately taking him to a designated pooping place. This needs to be the same location where the dog will poop and pee every time. A patch of grass will work.
I do not recommend using puppy pads. This can be confusing to the dog. Most dogs will not know the difference between puppy pads and carpets. Dogs should be trained to go to the restroom outside of the house.
Once the dog as done his business he should be rewarded. A reward can be lots of praise and attention or a doggie treat.
After this go back in the house and allow the dog to spend a few minutes walking around the house. Then the dog should be put back in the crate.
Let the dog out of the crate again to eat and take him outside immediately after he finishes his food. Take him to the spot where he can relieve himself to see if he needs to go again and praise him if he does.
Take him back into the house and put him back in the crate.
Repeat this at dinner time and throughout the day.
During this week the dog should only be allowed to be out of the crate if he has gone to the restroom outside and if someone is going to keep a very close eye on him, mainly interacting with him. When training my dogs, I will keep them on a leash next to meet to make sure they do not try to go to the restroom in the house.
If your dog does have an accident, only pushes them if you catch them in the act. If you catch them peeing, pick them up, firmly say no and take them out to where they are supposed to poop.
Watch your dog closely for signs that they might need to poop or pee. If they are whining or scratching at the crate they may need to go outside. They may also want to just play in the house. But it is very important to not let them have free range of the house during this training period. Fewer accidents and more consistency will help you keep your dog from having any accidents in the future.
About Animal Care Expert Meghan Arriola
Meghan Arriola is an animal care consultant from Texas that spends her time promoting holistic wellbeing for humans and animals, while also caring for her many pets including dogs, ferrets, reptiles, goats and much more!
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