House-training your dog or puppy will be a breeze with these easy-to-follow guidelines. Accidents are expected, but following them can help get you on the right track for house training success!
What is House Training?
Table Of Contents
- What is House Training?
- The following tips from animal behaviorists should help you out:
- How to house train a puppy fast
- Accidents WILL happen! Deal with it!
- Actions And Reactions
- You should never yell at your dog or physically punish him or her. EVER!
- Can an older dog be housetrained?
- Why is my senior dog peeing in the house?
- The main thing is to keep repeating the training every day until your dog gets it. And they will get it.
It’s a well-known phrase but what exactly does it mean? Is it always to do with making sure your dog never has an accident indoors or is it something much more involved?
We definitely want to be able to train our dogs to go outside to do their business, so how can we accomplish this?
Dogs that live in houses are not as clean and dirt-free because they don’t have the freedom to roam around. To keep your dog from soiling where she eats or sleeps, you need to help her find a place outside of these areas for nature’s call.
Generally speaking, dogs prefer spending time outside in order to do their business and it’s exactly how they would do it if we humans didn’t have them inside as much as we do.
Dog’s in the wild don’t tend to poop or pee where they rest and therefore getting our 4 legged friends into a new mindset is our responsibility.
Toilet training is essential for the well-being of your dog and can be a tedious job.
You need guidance, encouragement as well as patience in order to break this habit with any pet.
The following tips from animal behaviorists should help you out:
How to house train a puppy fast
In the early stages with a puppy, you will need some essentials.
1) Always keep potty pads or papers handy – dogs sometimes have accidents when there’s no warning sign before doing so.
2) Have plenty available at all times (at least three)
3) Try not to lay down while waiting because they may relieve themselves on top of their sleeping quarters!
4 ) Use praise statements such as “Good boy/girl” and a gentle touch to reassure them that they did well. A little treat at this stage will always help too as it reinforces good behavior.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about dogs and how they act. But, the truth is that if your dog has an accident in any room other than her bathroom or outside spot to do business then you really shouldn’t worry too much!
Dogs really don’t want to poop or pee indoors. They want to do it outside and away from where they eat and live.
It’s up to you to train them to go outside.
Housebreaking a dog is an important step in establishing your pet’s habits for living with you.
To housebreak any type of puppy, take them outside every few hours and when it’s time to eat and then 30 minutes later!
Once he has gone potty (and do his business), stay nearby so that he can find his way back inside easily on these exploratory trips out there.
Fetching might be another one of those things we all do like dogs but don’t really think twice about until something goes wrong.
When our pup starts sniffing around instead. Make sure she knows where the bathroom spot is.
You will find that dogs are really creatures of habit and they will find a spot that they like to go in and they will use that spot frequently…and this of course is excellent for us as owners.
Dogs go either inside or outside to use the restroom.
Some dogs are quicker than others at figuring out how you should take care of business, but if given enough time and patience they will eventually learn what’s expected from them when it comes down to going potty in your house!
A puppy under four months old needs their first outdoor adventure during night hours because those little guys can only hold it that long before needing a break for themselves anyways.
An older pup like mine finished off her business by 3 weeks of age so she was ably excepting visitors after dark just fine without much difficulty whatsoever… Though there might be some crying involved.
The dark can be a bit scary for a little puppy, so make sure you are out there with them if they need your support.
Accidents WILL happen! Deal with it!
Accidents happen, and it’s important to teach your dog how they should be handled.
When catching them in the act of going potty outside or accidents happening at home with no outdoor access you need not get frustrated!
Take a deep breath first – take all that frustration out on me (you can apologize later)! I did tell you it was going to happen!
As soon as she does her deed leave immediately; if it’s an inside accident then I’m sorry, a too harsh punishment will only make the problem worse than what was already there before and this could affect other areas such as scent-marking etc.
Actions And Reactions
So when we find ourselves facing another incident please remember these steps:
- Your dog’s overall learning curve will be affected by how you handle accidents.
- You can distract your dog by clapping or calling her name if you see her going through the motions.
- If your dog can go outside and also If she finished doing her business outside, praise her calmly at that time.
- If you find an accident on the floor, clean it up.
- Do this quickly and quietly do not engage with your dog in any way when you are doing this.
- You don’t want them to think it’s ok, so absolutely no communication.
- Ignore the dog at this time if it approaches.
- At this point, don’t talk to her or punish her. We never advocate punishment for anything that a dog does because dogs do not do things for fun or spite.
- It’s a behavior and it needs to be treated that way.
You should never yell at your dog or physically punish him or her. EVER!
Your dog connects actions (things they do) with reactions (things you do) and will therefore become fearful of you, and you won’t be able to form a bond with her.
Building the bond with your dog is vital and toilet training and learning how to house train a dog is absolutely pivotal in building that bond.
You have to remember and remind yourself that your dog sees you as their leader, so it’s up to you to do this.
Can an older dog be housetrained?
Don’t panic. This can be a lot easier than you think!
Potty training an older dog is frustrating, but most dogs can be potty trained within a couple of weeks. For the fastest results start with frequent breaks and rewards for going outside as well as taking good notes about when they go in order to avoid accidents from happening again!
You must essentially use the exact same principles that you do with a younger dog or puppy.
Generally, older dogs are smarter so they will pick it up pretty quick too.
Why is my senior dog peeing in the house?
There are a number of reasons why dogs might start peeing on their beds. For example, it could be an emotional response like fear or stress from moving into new territory (or even something as simple as being in proximity with other animals).
Regardless though- if you’re noticing that your dog has started urinating inside its den again after years without doing so then there may well have been contributing factors; please consult your vet!