Overcoming Common Dog Potty Training Problems
Dog potty training is the leading training difficulty
encountered by dog owners. It is often a source of frustration,
but by following a few guidelines you will have your dog house
trained in no time. Keep a few things in mind—To effectively
house train any dog, you must be consistent and patient.
Housebreaking your dog will take some time. Accidents will occur
in spite of your very best efforts to prevent them. These things
are true in the case of puppy potty training and house training
for adult dogs.
Management for Dog House Training
The first step in effective potty training is environmental
management. Keeping your dog or puppy confined or supervised is
very important during the housebreaking process. This will
minimize the number of accidents he has and maximize the number
of times he can be reinforced for relieving himself in an
appropriate area. Consider kennel training your dog to help him
achieve housebreaking. When he is not confined in a kennel, he
should be kept on a leash when he is with you. This will keep
him from wandering away to have a potty accident while you are
busy. The fewer accidents he has, the fewer accidents he will
have in the future.
Do not allow your dog to have free access to food and water
during house training. Feed her once in the morning and once in
the evening. Offer her as much water as she will drink every 2
to 3 hours. Take your dog the appropriate location to go potty
after each feeding and after drinking. This will allow you to
establish a schedule for your dog.
Dog Potty Training Procedure
Determine where you want your dog to eliminate. Take him to
that location on a leash each time you take him out to potty.
Stay with him until he relieves himself. If you have waited 15
minutes and it seems as though your dog is "holding it" you may
take him back indoors and place him in his confinement area for
10 minutes. Try again, and repeat the process until he goes.
When he is successful, praise him and offer him a treat.
Offer your dog plenty of opportunities to relieve himself in
the appropriate location. Take him to it after he sleeps,
directly after eating or drinking and regular intervals of every
2 to 3 hours.
As your dog becomes more successful with house training you
may extend the times between the regular intervals by 30 minutes
every few days. If an accident does occur, you will know your
dog needs to go more often.
When your dog has gone 2 weeks without an accident you may
try allowing her some more independence. If a potty training
mishap happens you will know that your dog needs another week of
Most dogs will be house trained in about 2 weeks. Some will
take less time, while others may take more time. This is usually
determined by the age of the dog, earlier housebreaking
experiences, how consistent the owner adheres to the house
training process and the dog's health.
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