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How to potty train your dog
Keeping dogs is not always as easy as it seems to be, and often new dog owners need help and advice to potty train their dogs so that their dog can be as clean and sanitary as is doggily possible.
Toilet training can be hard work at first particularly for a puppy, he needs to get used to his new environment and human parents and other pets in the home. It takes time and patience to get the desired results and bear in mind that every dog is different in terms of personality, maturity and understanding of humans.
When to Potty Train your Dog
It is best to potty train your dog as soon as possible and once they get into a sound routine everything should quickly become easier for you as well as your dog to live a happy and sound life.
Top Tips to Toilet Train Your Dog
Here are some of the ways following which one can train his dog for potty outside. One can teach their dogs when they are small as the age is perfect for learning things easily.
Show them the way to the potty spot
Teach your dog to go to place where you would like him or her to do their business. It is best to put your dog on a leash otherwise your dog will become distracted and want to sniff around, forage or mark their territory. As the dog is on a lead you can hold onto it to show firmly that the area you are in is designated for them to potty.
When your dog is showing signs it needs to relieve itself take them immediately to the designated area, if your dog goes their of its own accord remember to praise your dog. Approval and recognition will reinforce to your dog that they’re doing the right thing and eventually it should become part of their routine.
Walkies and daily routines
Setting daily times to take your dog to go to the toilet can be helpful, often your dog will want to go on waking up from a nap, first thing in the morning, or after a meal. Remember puppies will need to potty several times a day, usually every 1 to 2 hours, also they may take up to 2 years to be toilet accident free.
It is also worthwhile teaching your puppy to learn to potty on cue for example before going on a long car journey or at bed time. This can be achieved by using a cue word such as potty or toilet and using it before and during. Then when they hear that word they will associate it with potty time.
You will begin to see that there are predictable times for your dog to go and he/she will show signs of needing to go like pacing up and down, whining or suddenly losing focus on what they are doing. Be ready to help your dog potty.
If you are taking your dog for a walk every day, then they will learn automatically to potty outside the house for example in a park or in your designated area outside. If you are taking your dog for a walk make sure that you do not end the walk as soon as your dog has gone to the toilet because you do not want your dog to associate going to the toilet with playtime being over.
It is almost inevitable that your dog will have an accident in your house, try not to get upset, angry or punish your dog; if you do your dog will only go when you are not there or will associate going to the toilet in front of you with punishment. Clean up and deodorize it (but not with anything containing Ammonia) and with compassion show your dog that it is not the right place to go and remind your dog where your designated area is.
Caught in the Act
If you see your dog in the act, take him outside immediately and place him in the right spot and remember to praise him when he is in the right area.
Some times it is necessary to leave your dog indoors all day, perhaps when you are at work or live in an apartment. Cats have litter trays but that doesn’t work for dogs, ideally they need something grass based.
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