The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Potty Training
It is very tempting when you enter your house and get that your dog or puppy has just had an accident. As a first-time dog owner, you may lose your temper and even yell at your dog for what he has done on the floor or in your home in general.
It needs to train your dog so that he can do his business outside. There is a list of the
Dos and Don’ts of dog potty training which should be looked at.
The following are the Dos and the Don’ts of dog potty training;
When your dog causes an accident, please do not do the following:
- Rub their nose in it physically.
Not only is this action pretty disgusting and cruel, but it will also do nothing to teach your dog properly.
- Yell at your dog
The accident may have happened long before you walked into the room and chances are he has already forgotten what he did.
When your dog/puppy has caused an accident, do the following:
Don’t take any action but stay calm and take a deep breath.
Be patient and remember that he is just a dog or a baby (in case he is a puppy).
Keep in mind what your dog wanted and train him to do what you expect.
Going outside versus inside.
Immediately your puppy has an accident in the house, get a paper towel and either soak up or scoop up the mess. Before you do anything with it, leave it on the floor and bring your puppy to the scene of the crime. Let him or her smell the area and in a
firm voice say, “NO.” Next, take the paper towel with its contents outside in an area you want your puppy to “go,” lay it on the ground and let him smell the contents once again. This time praise him and maybe even give a treat. What you are doing is letting him know that inside is a bad place to go “potty” but an outside is a good place.
Teaching your puppy to let you know when it needs to go.
In this process, use a small bell and tie a string to it. Tie the string to the handle of the door you are most likely to use when letting your dog out. Make sure it is at nose level to your puppy. Once this is set up you are ready to start. Every time you take your puppy outside hit the bell first or hit the ball with your puppy’s paw.
When doing this, you are creating a conditioned response and showing your puppy that when he needs to “go”, if he rings the bell, the door will open. Be vigilant. If your puppy hits the bell, even if it is just playing, immediately take him outside. The more consistent you are with opening the door upon the bell ringing, the faster your puppy
will pick up on this trick and use it consistently.
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