Potty training your dog when they are young will ensure that your friendship with your dog starts well and continues to grow stronger with time. A housetrained dog will keep you and your dog happy. So, here’s a quick guide on how to potty train your dog.
CREATE A POTTY TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR YOUR DOG
The very first thing you should do is create a potty training schedule for your dog. Observe when your dog tends to poop/pee and eat, and create a schedule around that. Also, make a note of any changes in your dog’s schedule. You should then adjust your schedule according to your new observations.
KEEP A REGULAR FOOD SCHEDULE
An essential part of this schedule is the time you feed your dog. You’ll need to make sure that you give your dog a specific number of meals throughout the day, and feed it at a specific time. A regular food schedule ensures that your dog does its business at consistent times of the day.
It’s best to control the diet when you’re potty training your dog. Puppies, like other young animals, have immature digestive systems. Therefore, they cannot eat a lot of food at one time. That is why you should divide your pup’s eating schedule into 3 small but regular meals. You should also ensure that you only feed your dog high-quality dog food. Poor-quality food can cause problems with your pup’s gut health.
Examine your dog’s stool to determine if the food you’re feeding it is good for it or not. You may want to consult your vet if your dog’s poop is loose, overly stinky, and bulky. Overfeeding your dog may cause diarrhea, which, in turn, will make potty training your dog much harder.
TAKE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE AT SPECIFIC TIMES OF THE DAY
Puppies have small bladders, and they can’t hold solids for long. So, you’re going to have to take them out a few times a day for them to do their business. You have to make sure that you don’t feed them any food between meals. This way, the routine for your dog will stay consistent.
You should designate specific times of the day for taking your dog for toilet visits. This way, your dog can predict when they should be pooping. Take your pet outside first thing in the morning and once before bed. You should also take go out within 30 minutes of finishing meals. It’s also best to let them relieve themselves right after a nap and after playing indoors.
If you work or are out of your home for most of the day, make an arrangement with someone to look after your dog.
TAKE YOUR DOG OUT TO THE SAME SPOT
The next step on potty training is to take your dog to the same spot every time. This will help them associate that space with relieving themselves. Also, the scent of the space will prompt them to do their business.
Try to limit your interaction with your pup the toilet visit. You should stay with your dog throughout this process, but its best to give them enough space.You want them to be able to “go” without any form of interruption from you. Allow them to focus on the task at hand.
It’s also best to avoid returning home until your dog does has pooped/peed. This way, you’ll help reinforce the association of doing their business and going outside to this spot. With time, your dog will understand that this space and time is for this task and nothing else.
USE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT WHEN POTTY TRAINING YOUR DOG
Positive reinforcement can do wonders for shortening the potty training process. Every time your dog does its business outside, you should praise it for a job well done. Praise it with your words and express your affection only after it has relieved itself.
You should take the positive reinforcement one step further by giving your dog a treat. A great reward is to take your dog for a walk around your neighborhood. If you have time, you can even play with it for a while before you return home.
Positive reinforcement is necessary when potty training your dog because it helps your dog associate a favorable reaction to relieving itself.
DON’T PUNISH YOUR DOG FOR ACCIDENTS
It’s common for pups to have accidents when they’re under a year old. During this period (or any, for that matter), you must not display your anger when your dog relieves themselves inside your home. Don’t punish at all, yell, or rub the nose in their excrement. Dogs are not capable of understanding why you’re angry in that situation. So, your pup will only fear you instead of making progress on housetraining.
If you catch your dog about to do their business in your home, clap your hands loudly. This way, they’ll know that this act is unacceptable. After that, take them outside to finish their business, and give some positive reinforcement when it’s all done.
LAST FEW WORDS
When potty training your dog, it’s crucial that you remain patient and supportive toward your pet. Encourage them to do what they needs to do at designated times, but don’t get upset when there are accidents. Expressing your affection and care for your pet can help make this process a lot easier for you and your dog.