House Training Today

puppy sitting with rolls of toilet paperThe Ins and Outs of House Training

The question we are asked most that relates to dog training is “How do I house train my dog?”

This is an honest, heartfelt question and one so simple that it’s importance is often overshadowed by the urgency to correct inappropriate soiling in the house.  We agree the sooner this question is address, the better for all concerned.  Too often people are not prepared for this task, have no idea of the sequences or timing required and have the unrealistic expectation that their dog will understand their frustration and simply self correct.

When a new dog or puppy is brought into a family’s home they need to be be shown their appropriate bathroom place.  Many families wrongly assume their pet already knows this and are first surprised then upset when the dog soils indoors or in the wrong place.  When soiling accidents continue or increase in frequency they become problematic.   Once poor habits are formed it is far too common to find family dogs shuffled outside to live in the yard,  given away or relinquished to a shelter  for someone else to fix.

If the truth be known, potty accidents happen to people as well as pets!  Intake and output are normal for a healthy body and so are appropriate places for elimination.   For dogs, swatting with a rolled up newspaper, rubbing noses in urine puddles or letting outside to potty unattended are not only outdated but ineffective methods of house training.

Best  7 House Training Tips:

  • Confine your dog every time you are unable to watch and be right there with him.
  • Choose a specific potty spot, ideally outdoors, and make sure everyone takes the dog to the same location.
  • Stick to a daily regiment with puppies going out at least 8 times and adult a minimum of 3 times out.
  • Go out, with your dog on a leash, to the potty spot and use coaching words and cues like “Hurry, Be Good!” or  “Go Potty!”
  • Wait several minutes and if nothing is produced, confine in a crate for about 10-15 minutes and try again.
  • Generously praise your dog when something is produced and tell them what they did right!
  • Be alert to signals dogs give when they need to go potty such as sniffing, circling, whining, squatting and leg lifting.  Do this job well and you can catch dogs before they do their business.

Prepare for success by attending to house training needs with patience, consistency and positive reinforcement.  Following these tips offers tremendous benefits for pet parents and for the entire life of the dog.