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How to Potty train a Dog | Clicker Training Dogs
Training a new puppy to sit, stay, stand or lie down is simple . A simple command, some time and some tasty treats, and the puppy will learn tricks. When it comes to potty training, however, involved much more. It involves much more effort, time and patience. Remember, you basically train a dog to control both his bladder and bowels just so you can enjoy a clean house. If you think about it, it is a trick that is much more complicated than the usual sit or stay. Well, the truth is that potty training your dog may require more from you, but it is easy anyway. Here’s how.
Start training a puppy. Training a full dog can prove to be very difficult because older dogs tend to be more stubborn and set in their ways. Potty training is much easier when the dog is still a puppy. Technically speaking, formal toilet training that apply to a puppy at least 5 months.
Avoid accidents. Apparently, because the dog is still a puppy, you want him to live near you. Therefore, you will probably set him up inside the house. The only problem is that if the puppy wanders freely, your carpets, sofas, or anything else you hold dear could eventually urinate or defecate on it. To avoid it, dog trainers recommend limiting or crating the puppy. This basically means that you will have to limit his movement and let him live in an area where clean-up accidents is simple. A nice box or a small area cordoned off will do. Put down old newspaper sheets or towels to protect the floor from the body waste.
Introduce the potty area. Usually puppies tend to drop their waste several minutes after drinking or eating. It would be a good idea to take your puppy to the ideal area for potty about 5 to 10 minutes after eating. Play with him while waiting for him to drop. When he does, praise him by saying good boy and petting or scratching him. Bring him back inside and repeat the process each time.
Stick to a schedule. Dog trainer claims that this is the most effective method of house training a dog. As soon as he reaches the age of 6 months, begin to serve their meals and water on a fixed schedule. Two feeding schedules per day should be enough, one morning and one in the evening. Stick to this feeding schedule and includes 10 to 15 minute walk after meals. Walk your puppy outside on a leash. Take him into an ideal place for potty and wait for him to drop his bombs. Do not return until he can let go. Repeat the same procedure and keep to the same time each day. After a few weeks, the dog will get used to the schedule and he will eventually learn to keep their bladder or bowel until the appointed time.
If the puppy, during the training, urinate or defecate still on the wrong times, never reprimanded or spank him. This will only make the puppy to fear you. Negative reinforcement can work, but it’s generally not a good idea when you train a dog.