Toilet training for dogs has been commonly discussed and has been known to give owners the most “headache”. The idea of your dog having to pee on carpets, the sides of curtains or even on your living room sofa has caused much distress. Here is the good news: the problem can be solved! This article would discuss issues often faced by owners and frequently asked questions that you might have pertaining to potty training.
Why does my dog pee on the carpet/sofa?
Understanding your dog’s behavior is essential in the area of proper potty training. Your dog’s primary sense is his sense of smell. With his especially sensitive ability to sniff out peculiar areas and objects, many a times would lead to an eventual instinct to mark his territory at particular spots. Instinctive nature would have him to choose a spot that he is sensitive to, instead of the mundane, not-so-prominent smell of newspapers or even pee pads. Suppose you have a piece of grass patch and a piece of newspaper side by side each other. Now, would your dog choose to pee on grass or on the piece of newspaper?
Often, you would realize that your dog returns to the scene of crime where he first did his business. The enticing smell and trace he left behind compels him to repeatedly mark his territory in a way to communicate dominance over his “turf”. Of course, there are instances of exception whereby the dog experiences an intense amount of anxiety, causing an autonomic response of urination at the point of stress. Other instances include medical conditions in his digestive or bowel system. This is typically seen when your dog ceases his regular schedules, having difficulty in controlling his ability to pee or poo.
Where do i start when it comes to toilet training my dog?
In the beginning when your dog first enters your house, assign a small area where your dog should reside in for the first couple of weeks (varies with different dogs). This can exist as a small fenced up area where your dog has sufficient roaming space. Suppose you would like to use newspapers as the base for him to do his business. Lay the entire area within the fenced up area with newspapers. As your dog continues to pee and poo on the newspaper over the weeks, you may begin reducing the area of newspaper and leave a certain portion of the fenced up area uncovered. You may even place traces of his pee underneath the areas covered by newspapers.
Do i let my dog out of his fence? And how do i condition him to pee/poo at the appropriate potty area?
During this time of toilet training, there are certain pointers to take note of. Firstly, as you let your dog roam around your house, he might have the tendency to mark his territory especially in a new place. Keep especially watchful of your dog as he displays signs of wanting to do his business (excessive sniffing, turn around in circles). As he is about to do so, quickly place him back at where the designated potty spot is, and reward him with lots of praises if he pees at the right place. Secondly, condition him in such a way that each time he pees at the designated potty area, allow him to roam around the house (this acts as a positive reinforcement as you give him more freedom when he behaves appropriately). Each time he pees at an inappropriate area, immediately place him back in his fenced up area (this acts as a punishment of removing his additional freedom outside of the fences). Thirdly, each time he is peeing, issue a command that teaches him to pee (“Lucky, pee!”). This will allow him to associate the word “pee” with the appropriate action. Lastly, it is important to remove odors at areas where you do not wish for your dog to do his business at. Odor eliminators or deodorizers are useful tools to remove pee and poo scents.
It is also important to take note that puppies do have a more difficult time controlling their bladder and bowel system. They do need to pee and poo significantly more often than adult dogs, thus having a pretty unpredictable schedule. Initially, confining your dog may seem a little harsh, however, having for them to be confined in order to teach them the assigned areas to do their business will pay off once you see the results! Allowing puppies to roam around and have full access to different areas will affect their toilet training schedules and may result in a more difficult time for owners to condition them to be toilet trained at the appropriate area.
How important is toilet training?
Dogs are habitual animals and clear understanding accompanied with maintenance of a proper schedule helps owners and dogs to cultivate good habits. The essence of dog toilet training has concepts that reiterate the importance of dog obedience training. In it lies the crux of being aware and having precise interpretation of your dog’s behavior. Also, you do not wish to spend most the time clearing a messy area ,do you?
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Dog training Singapore by Waggies conduct obedience training classes that educate owners on the “what”, “how” and “why”, when it comes to dog obedience training. Knowledge in itself is not sufficient. Our classes entail dog training skills and lessons that will teach you all you need to know about potty training, how to read your dog’s behavior and how to correct inappropriate behaviors like excessive barking, aggressiveness and uncontrollable tugging on the leash. In the different lessons, you will be exposed to the practical aspect of how to properly handle your dog in different situations, and you will learn how to train your dog based on an internationally recognized pattern that applies to all dog breeds of all ages. Feel free to contact us for more information.