How to Potty Train Your Dog
The potty training method for dogs and puppies might vary depending on the circumstances, but the same general techniques will usually result in fast housetraining success.
However, there is one sort of situation that requires a little more training: the dog who refuses to eliminate outside. This dog will usually wait outside for a bit and then go potty as soon as they return inside.
So, how do you house train a dog who refuses to use the bathroom outside? The answer is simpler than you would think; all it takes is a little patience, consistency, and dedication on your part.
STEP 1: Make a Small Confinement Area Outside
The first and most important step to potty train your dog is to set up a tiny outside confinement space. When your dog is in this area, he or she should constantly be supervised. When you know your dog needs to go, start your training first thing in the morning. Take your dog outdoors right away and put him in his new enclosure. Now take a step back at least a few feet, ignore your dog, and set a 10-minute timer. Within 10 minutes, your dog will most likely excrete in this confined area – hooray! As soon as your dog completes the task, praise them and give them a small treat.
A few pointers for dogs that are still having trouble:
If your dog is afraid of grass, you can use pee pads in the outdoor pen to stimulate elimination.
You can even temporarily cover the area with a piece of carpet or laminate as the last option!
STEP 2: Gradually Get Him Put of The Confinement Area
You are allowed to continue utilizing the confinement area if it suits your lifestyle (for example, if you do not have a fenced yard). However, gently remove any flooring or pads you placed within the pen to wean your dog off of it. You may start by making them smaller, then remove them entirely. After that, leave the pen door open and gradually close it.
STEP 3: Complete The Process
Your dog cannot have indoor accidents that go unreported for this approach to function long-term. This will significantly lengthen the time it takes you to achieve 100 percent success. As a result, provide your dog with an outdoor confinement place where they will be pampered for relieving themselves. Remove the pen, as well as any pads or floors, one at a time. Keep an eye out for accidents indoors and guide your dog outside if necessary.
Most individuals experience progress within a few weeks (if not sooner) if they follow these procedures carefully.
Accidents will happen, it’s okay!
It’s common for your puppy to have a few accidents in the house during house training. Here’s what you should do if it happens:
- Take them to their designated outdoor potty location without too much stress. If your dog finishes there, praise them and give them a treat.
- Don’t scold your puppy for going potty in the home. If you come across a dirty spot, simply clean it. Rubbing your puppy’s nose in it, taking them to the location and scolding them, or any other punishment will simply make them fearful of you and fearful of elimination in your company. Punishment will have the opposite effect.
- Thoroughly clean the dirty area. Puppies are greatly driven to continue soiling in pee or faeces-smelling environments.
To reduce the number of accidents, it’s critical that you utilize these supervision and confinement techniques. Allowing your puppy to eliminate in the home regularly may cause them to become confused about where they’re supposed to go, which will make the house training process take longer.