Potty training your dog may be one of the most difficult yet crucial parts of training your pet. Every dog needs potty training and the sooner we get it right, the better our house will be. This means, no more dirty doormats, sofa cushions, beds – name it! How can you potty train dogs and get them off this habit?
It’s not rocket science and there’s one main ingredient at play – consistence. As long as you’re consistent, you can pretty much teach them anything.
How To Potty Train Dogs?
Have a look steps below and you’ll have your dog potty trained in no time.
Dog’s need predictability. It’s especially important when you are potty training your dog. Dogs and puppies function well if they have some semblance of a routine around them. It helps them establish proper bathroom habits.
2-3-month-old puppies eat small amounts of food usually 5-7 times a day. Make sure you give them meals at the same time each day. Keep a bowl of water for them early in the morning and take it away after their last meal. By taking the bowl away at night you can prevent accidents in the house while you’re asleep.
Make sure to take them out:
- As soon as you wake up in the morning
- Before going to bed
- After every meal
Try to keep the morning and night times the same. A timetable will help them understand when they can go and for how long they should control their bladder and stool.
2. Take them out often
Even if you are taking them out once after getting up, once before going to bed and after every meal, you should still make it a point to take them out once every hour. If they have a long break till their next meal, take them out in between the meals.
The puppy stage is hard and often difficult to manage alone. Hence, we suggest that you take help from friends or family members to take your puppy out on a walk when you are not around. You can also take professional help or keep them in a daycare centre when you are out – at least for the initial days.
3. Your home their home
Dogs are less likely to pee or poo in places they consider home. But the thing is, they’re tiny. To them your house is huge and as puppies, they haven’t learned to consider the huge space as their home.
If you want to reduce accidents around the house, you must introduce the place slowly. Start by keeping them enclosed in their sleeping area. They will try not to mess the place they sleep in. Keeping an enclosure, or a baby gate, allows you to work without worrying about them getting their naughty little paws in all kinds of mess.
Slowly increase their space and introduce new parts of your home. Remember, the place should be easy to clean. They are still puppies and accidents can happen.
4. The Pooping Process
When you are out with them, be extremely quiet until they find a spot to poop. As soon as they poop, praise them; let them know they did the right thing. Play with them, scratch them, give them a treat you can do anything to let them know amazing things happen to them when they poop outside.
Remember to clean the poop like a responsible Indian citizen.
The next time you take them out, make sure to take them at the same place. As we said earlier, dogs like familiarity and the same spot will make it easier for them to go potty.
5. Discourage Indoor Pottying
By ‘discourage’ we don’t mean scolding or yelling. Puppies don’t understand why you are yelling at them. It may make them afraid of you or afraid of pottying. They may start to control it unnecessarily or they may go potty in places of the house that are hard to see or reach.
Instead, clean the spot as soon as you find the stain. You can use a market detergent that gets rid of odours or you can make your own at home. Strong smells from citrus products like lemons or vinegar tend to break down ammonia making it hard for dogs to remember where they last peed or pooped.
Can I Potty Train An Adult Dog?
You may have adopted an adult dog who hasn’t received any potty training in the past. Fear not! You can train them using the same steps above. Remember, you must be more patient with an adult dog because adults have had this bad habit for longer.
Hang in there! You’d be surprised how quickly they respond to training once they start to love you and trust their environment.
Can I Teach My Dog To Pee In The Bathroom?
Yes, you can. It is common Indian practice to teach dogs to pee in the bathroom. Bear in mind that not all dogs understand the concept because they take a liking to grass or because they see the bathroom as a part of the home. They can’t understand why it’s okay to pee in the bathroom in other places of the house.
To teach them to go into the bathroom you can keep them in the bathroom after they have had a good amount of water. Be with them and stay quiet until they pee. Praise them if they do pee in the bathroom and let them out. This usually takes a little longer but some dogs get a hang of it.
If your dog doesn’t understand the concept of peeing in the bathroom, that’s okay. Don’t force them or reprimand them. As they grow older they get better at controlling their pee. For dogs that only pee outside, you can walk them 3-4 times a day and they should be just fine.
So, here are some simple ways to potty train dogs. We wish you all the best and let us know how your experience has been so far!