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Did you get a pet recently? Although it may be convenient to get a dog that’s already trained, the joy of teaching and witnessing your puppy’s growth is pretty magical. Keep on reading so you can get some tips on how to house train your dog so your family can live comfortably!
What Is Meant By House Training A Dog?
Most house training- or housebreaking- refers to potty training dogs so that they don’t end up defecating all around your home. Most pet parents take their puppies outside to relieve themselves, but you can also create an indoor environment for them!
Every kind of dog requires a special kind of training, meaning you will have to put in a little bit of extra effort to make sure your new friend knows their way around your home!
How Do You House Train A Dog?
Training a puppy is easier than learning how to house train an adult dog since you start with a clean slate and don’t have to change values. However, dogs of all ages and sizes require a lot of patience, so in the end, it doesn’t matter how old or large your companion is!
One of the most important tasks to do is to set up a routine that both you and your dog can follow. Create a schedule for the times you need to take them outside or any particular area you want them to relieve themselves. A larger dog will require fewer potty breaks as compared to a smaller one.
If you are adopting a relatively new puppy, potty training them at 12-16 weeks is the best age as they will start to gain more control of their bladder- allowing you to set up a successful routine.
What Do I Need To Learn?
Getting the dog to pee in the place you want it to is just the first step in training. If you live with multiple people, anyone responsible for the dog needs to learn and use particular phrases to let the dog know what action is to be taken. For example, if your dog needs to pee but they aren’t in a safe space, use your phrase to tell them they cannot relieve themselves.
On the other hand, when you take them to a space where they can pee, give them the green light through a phrase or a simple nod! This is the best way to train your dog that they can’t relieve themselves anywhere they want.
Incentives are a great way to get your puppy to learn desirable behaviors faster. Give your dog a treat every time they wait for you to take them to a proper place to relieve themselves. Alternatively, words of affirmation also go a long way. I remember praising my new pup every time she peed in the correct place, which helped speed up my training process!
Can I Let My Dog Out In The Yard?
If you have a backyard, you may be thinking that half your worries are already solved, as the dog can just go to town in your yard and you can let their poop fertilize your grass. However, there are a lot of reasons why this might not be okay.
All dogs have different personalities, and chances are that your dog doesn’t feel comfortable pooping right outside on your lawn. Additionally, not cleaning up after your dog is not the best idea, as it’s not a fertilizer, and can be rather toxic and ruin your grass.
Along with that, leaving poop out in the open can increase the risk of diseases spreading through flies and other animals. Even if your dog doesn’t carry a disease, their waste can, and it can sink into your lawn as well! So it is very important to train your dog to go elsewhere, or ensure you’re cleaning up after every single time.
Where Do I Take My Dog?
If the lawn isn’t a viable option, where do I even take my dog? A great way to help your dog relieve itself and let them get their daily walks in is to take them to a park. Make sure to keep them on a leash so you can keep an eye on them and make sure they’re excreting in the spot you choose.
Taking a big dog to the park is much easier as they won’t need as many pee breaks. As for smaller dogs, since they have smaller bladders, they will want to go out more often. If you aren’t able to take them outside as much as they want, or a walk to the park is too long, pee pad training small dogs is easier.
Puppy pee pads are also a great way to learn how to train your dog how to stop pooping inside, along with litter baskets or crates. I got a grass pee pad for my small pup and after every few weeks, I would move the pad closer to the door, until eventually I took it outside and removed it completely. This moving process allowed her to learn that she can only pee outside.
How to Potty Train In An Apartment?
Many pet parents teach their dogs to poop in their bathrooms, and you can do this with the help of pee pads too! Instead of moving the pad outside, bring it closer to your bathroom and the toilet, and soon you won’t need it anymore. Training your dog to flush is rather easy as well.
What Do I Do If There’s An Accident?
Much like any step you take in your life, failure is bound to happen. But don’t worry, as failure is just a step close to success!
If you have an accident at home, make sure to clean up and make the spot as odorless as possible, because it will prevent your puppy from peeing in the same spot again and again. This is puppy training 101.
One of the biggest mistakes pet parents make while house training a puppy is yelling or punishing them for their behavior. It is important that you treat your dog with the same respect you would your child since much like people, dogs are also likely to be motivated by positive reinforcements rather than negative ones.
If you yell at your dog for peeing inside the house, they are unlikely to realize the reason for your anger. In turn, this might make your pup afraid of you, rather than learning that they peed in a place you do not approve of.
Things to Look Out for
Smaller and/or younger dogs will not be able to hold their pee in for a long time, so make sure you take them for breaks frequently. Additionally, potty training adult dogs might also be difficult, as you may need to break older bad habits.
An easy way to establish a bathroom routine is to make sure you feed and provide them with water at consistent timings. This will not only help you predict the timings for when they poop but also help you keep track of their food intake and health!
If you travel a lot or have a demanding job, potty training your puppy can be rather difficult. To counter this, look into dog grooming and training schools. Getting a professional trainer for your dog is a safer option, as they will know how to deal with your dog’s behaviors and you can rest assured that they will teach them correctly.
Potty Training Dogs with Disabilities
Contrary to popular belief, deaf dog training isn’t any more difficult than training a dog with hearing abilities. Visual appreciation, such as a smile or a nod can show your dog that you admire their behavior. All you need is a little love to learn how to train a deaf dog.
In the case of a blind and/or deaf dog, you can praise their behavior by speaking to them, or bringing a treat close to their adorable pink noses so they can smell them and realize that they are taking the right actions!
Can A Stray Dog Be Trained?
Adopting a dog off the streets is surely a noble task, but you will have to pay them a little bit of extra attention and patience, as having a home to call their own may be entirely new to them.
You should assume that the dog has had no prior training or routine, and establish a new one for them. I would suggest reinforcing all types of positive behaviors through treats and praises will truly let your dog trust you and believe that you are not dangerous to them.
All About Training Commands
Teaching your dog where and how to go potty is just the first step in housebreaking. Puppy training also includes keeping a track of all of your dog’s behaviors.
Basic Dog Training Commands
Some of the very first commands you should teach your dogs to follow include asking them to sit, stay, or come.
If your dog can follow these simple instructions, you can use them to teach more complex commands! Much like potty training, it is easier to start with a clean slate rather than replacing old habits, so if you get a puppy it is better to start training them right away.
Make sure to train them for about 10 minutes or less, as dogs have a smaller attention span. You can reinforce the behavior by training them multiple times in a day instead!
Consistency And Brevity Are Key
It is better for you and your dog to make sure all the verbal or nonverbal cues you use are small and stay the same since switching up words or using unnecessarily long phrases will confuse them. Keep up a dog training routine, so your dog can be prepared for each lesson.
To make sure that your dog always listens and complies with your instructions, try to not call them for punishment, as it will make them want to stay away from you and not respond to your calls.
Teaching a dog is no joke, and if you think you aren’t up to the task, you can always look into online dog training or dog training camps with dog training certification, so you can be assured that your little companion is in safe hands!