Dog Potty Training Guide..

May 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Facts to be aware of.

If you want me to do the right thing, you have to have patience with me.

If you want me to do the right thing, you have to be patience with me.

*You will have to put some effort into training your puppy or dog.
*You have to be consistent.
*You have to be diligent.
*Expect accidents.

**Before your puppy is potty trained don’t let him have the run of the house. Try to contain him to the room you spend the most time in so you can watch him most of the time. Close all bedroom doors and barricade other areas that do not have doors. One idea to contain puppy is to use baby gates.

**It is never a good idea to get a new puppy on Saturday or Sunday and then go to work on Monday. If it is possible try to organize at least a weeks leave from work so you can spend some intensive time potty training your puppy

**In average, it’ll take about 2-3 weeks for the potty train

I think It's time for a potty train.!

I think It's time for a potty train.!

Tools Required for Potty Training:

Happy Voice Unhappy Voice 

Have an acceptable area where you will allow toileting

1. First decide where you will allow your puppy to go to the bathroom. Have acceptable areas. It could be in your back yard or on old papers

2. I only used papers for a short period of time and only when the puppy was very young. Over a period of time I moved the newspaper from just inside the door to just outside the door and then I completely removed the papers altogether.

(If you are potty training your puppy to go outside ensure that he can get out! Can you leave a door open? Do you have a doggy door? Does he know how to use the doggy door?)

The signs that your puppy is about to eliminate

This's usually the 1st or 2nd sign when they want to go to toilet

This's usually the 1st or 2nd sign when they want to go to toilet

Puppies are very quick. One minute they are playing and the next minute they are peeing on your carpet.  At training period, you must have all of your eyes on him all the time… But it’s hard I know, so these are  some hints for you to be ready for the action.

Some of the signs that your puppy is about to pee are:

  1. Sniffing the floor

  2. Circling

  3. Whimpering

  4. Taking off suddenly to another room or area. They often do this when they want to poop.

Give your puppy the right message

You don’t want your puppy to get a wrong messege that peeing and pooing are wrong. But you wants them to know that eliminating at a wrong place is not acceptable.

When you’re seeing your little one showing the signs above, you should “gently” pick him up and place him at out side or on your papers. Do not frighten him when you doing that.

Don’t forget to reward him when he’s done the right thing by patting him or compliment him. (We should keep the snack reward for the harder task later on.!)

If accident occurs

1. When you catch him in the act tell him firmly in a ‘not happy voice’ , “Nooooo don’t pee there.” Then take him to the newspaper or outside. If you shout and carry on at him it will only frighten him and he will soon learn to sneak off and do it where you can’t see him. “So do not shout at him”

2. If your puppy have already started to pee by the time you reach him and although you may have dribbles across the floor still take him to the newspaper and then praise him for being there. Sometimes you are not quick enough and he has finished peeing by the time you reach him. Never mind.. take him to the paper anyway and tell him ‘Do a pee here, good boy. Clever dog.

Do Not ever make the papers something to be frightened of.

I have found it helps to put some dog pee on the newspaper because the pup will identify the smell and associate it with toileting. When your puppy has an accident blot a little of the urine on to the newspaper. Somewhere in his brain he might think ‘Hmmm, pee smell here. I think this would be a good place to pee.’ and so he pees on the newspaper.

When your pup goes to the newspaper or outside of his own free will, wait until he starts to eliminate and then as he is doing it tell him in a happy voice what great fellow he is. ‘What a good boy… do a pee on the paper… good work… well done’

Have a Schedule

1. Take your puppy outside once for an hour. Stand with him but don’t distract him at all. Let him sniff around. If he goes to the bathroom while outside  tell him what a good dog he is while he is actually peeing or pooping  Choose a word for his elimination. You can call it what ever you want as long as you are consistent with it. For example: While he is peeing say, “Do a pee, good boy, well done” or “Go potty, great work, good dog’ By saying these words your puppy will then be able to learn these words and associate them with the action. In the future you will be able to ask your dog to urinate on command.

2. Immediately after he is finished toileting let him know how happy you are you can pat him  Praise him, play with him. Let him know that if he goes to the bathroom outside you are very very pleased with him.

2. If you take the puppy outside and after three or four minutes he hasn’t gone to the bathroom bring him back inside and try again in ten minutes.

3. Puppies will normally need to go just after they have eaten and after they have woken up. Always take your puppy outside after these events. They go plenty of other times too so keep a watch out. Take him outside as soon as he wakes and within a few minutes of eating. (Mature dog will take  about 15-20 min after eating )

4.Puppies may also need the potty while playing. If your puppy runs away from a game you are having always suspect he is off for a toilet break.

Expect Accidents

Expect some accidents.

Expect some accidents.

Don’t have unrealistic expectations of your puppy. He is going to have plenty of accidents before he gets the message of what is expected of him.

Praise not Punish

1. Praising your dog for doing the right thing will always work far better than 2. Punishing him for doing the wrong thing. Don’t get angry. Don’t go overboard by yelling and screaming. Teach your dog by positive means instead of negative reactions.

Too Late. I just stood in it!

Accept some of the blame yourself, you should have been watching him better. Don’t get angry.

If you find the mess or puddle after the event has happened do not rub his nose in it. This is a big NO NO and such an old fashioned idea that doesn’t work.

However, you must let him know that this is unacceptable. Put your dog on his leash and take him to the puddle or mess. Change the tone of your voice… adopt a not happy voice and say ‘I’m not happy with this‘ while pointing to the puddle or poop. It is more than likely that your pup will not want to look at what you are pointing at and he will avert his eyes from what you are showing him. Often, he will try to change the subject and maybe try to start a game or look for some other things to do. Ignore this  behavior. Always have some toilet paper or tissue at the ready and pick up the poop or blot the urine and take it outside and put it where you would have liked him to do it in the first place.

Make sure you still have him on the leash and that he accompanies you and watches every step of the procedure. Put the tissue on the ground and then tell the puppy in a happy voice, ‘Good place… do pee here… very good place’ or words to that effect.

I still keep finding little surprises on the floor

If you are constantly finding puddles and messes follow the above procedure with one small change. When you take him to the puddle or poop and he averts his eyes and doesn’t want to know anything about it, tie his leash to something nearby such as a table leg or chair leg. Make sure he can’t escape seeing it. Leave him like this for a few minutes while you walk away and ignore him. Don’t leave him there for more than five minutes, that’s long enough to get the message across.

When you are not there

Leave your dog at a safe place to pee eg. your back yard or big room with some newspaper on the floor

Leave your dog at a safe place to pee eg. your back yard or big room with some newspaper on the floor when you're not home.

You can’t always be with your puppy 24 hours a day. When you go out you have the choice of putting him outside or containing him to one room. You could also put him in the garage or make a fenced off area. Choose an area that can be easily cleaned after accidents. Put newspapers in the room with him near the door.

Don’t shut him up in a small bathroom. That’s not going to teach him anything.

It’ll take about 2-3 weeks to potty train a dog

Remember that all dogs are not the same and some will learn very quickly and some will take a little longer. Some dogs can learn paper training after one day.

Expect Regression

Sometimes months after you think you have successfully toilet trained your dog he will have the odd slip up. Expect this and deal with it as you did in the beginning.

..Accidents may happen with fully trained dogs. Dogs that are not neutered or spayed have a higher incidence of eliminating in the house. Scent marking is another form of undesired elimination and can be managed by neutering and refreshing house training

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