The most significant aspect of potty training a dog is the use of great management, including care and supervision.
If you have ever adopted a puppy, you are aware of somewhat daunting challenge of potty training your new pet. Although older dogs may require a bit more patience and time. For best results, you must follow the schedule and supervise your new pet all day. Some pet owners, using the following method, were able to housebreak a dog within one week time! Let’s see how it will work out for you.
Be prepared for the training
Your pet requires consistency during the time of house training, so someone should supervise the process at all times. Prepare an area where you will bring your pet to do his business. If its outdoor – it should be easily accessible, or your dog will get distracted on the way to the potty place. If it’s indoors – choose an area where flooring can’t be ruined in case of the accidents. Buy cleaning products, efficiently removing the odor. Thus your dog won’t be returning to the same spot again and again.
Constant monitoring is a must
You have to watch your dog’s behavior all the time. Keeping him confined in a safe area will be handy.
Stick to the schedule
Set an alarm and make sure you go out every hour at the first day your new pet is in the house. Bring him to the assigned potty area and announce the potty command (e.g. “potty”) that you’ll be using from now on.
In case your dog did well – praise him and give him a treat. Track the activity of the pet – if he’s just eaten or drunk – take him out after 15-30 minutes. And of course, the same rule applies before bedtime and first thing in the morning.
Watch for the signs
After the first 24 hours you’ll get an idea about your dog schedule and how it behaves before eliminating. So the rest of the week try to stick to the newly created routine. When you watch your dog the rest of the time before getting him out, look for the signs and signals meaning that he might need to do the business – is he whining or sniffing the ground? And be patient! Accidents are possible, be prepared for them. Punishing the dog and being nervous only make your pet fear you.
If the dog begins to squat while you’re observing him, tell him “no” to stop the pet and immediately bring him to the potty spot.
That’s how approximate schedule may look like:
- 7 a.m. – wake your pet up and take him outside. Wait until he is done with his business at the assigned spot.
- 8 a.m. – drinking and feeding time. But don’t forget to play a bit with your dog before. 30 minutes after eating bring the pet outside again (especially if he shows the signs that he need to eliminate).
- 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – time for crate training – put your pet in a confined area.
- 12.30 p.m. – it’s meal time again, and don’t forget to walk your dog out after.
- 6 p.m. – feed and play with your pet outside.
- 8 p.m. – bring pet some water. And don’t let him drink again for the rest of the day to make him comfortably sleep during the night with no potty distractions.
- 8.30 p.m. – outdoor playing and potty time.
- 9 p.m. – crate time.
- 10.30 p.m. – last walk for a day
- 11 p.m. – bedtime in a crate.
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