How To House Train Your Dog
Dogs are clean animals. If they can avoid it, they will never soil themselves or their sleeping areas. That goes as well with their place of feeding. Dogs might develop a certain habit of where they like to do “their business”. My dog will NEVER go on concrete, on naked soil – it has to be grass.
Watch your dog carefully and act accordingly. If you only walk him on concrete your animal might hold back during the whole walk and still have the urge to “go”. In that case accidents in your house can happen. I also trained my do to only urinate in the yard, nothing else.
When you first get the dog limit his “living” area. You should not let a new animal roam around the house unattended. If you prefer not to crate train, assign him a smaller space (with tile floor) where he will spend most of his time. Spend time with the dog in this area, play with him, let him sleep and eat there.
Your dog needs his special resting place, that might be toys, a dog bed, a dog basket, a large blanket, whatever you think he is comfortable with. As soon as the dog sees this area as his “home” he will avoid by all means to soil it.
Once the dog is used to sleeping on his bed you can start moving the bed to other areas of the house where you are present. Best thing is to place it close to a piece of heavy (no fragile tables, the dog will pull on the leash and things will topple over) furniture and leash the dog to it. Make sure not to let the dog unattended, accidents with leashed dogs are very common – and if it’s a puppy, he might happily chew the leash and tear it into pieces.
Frequently – depending on the dog’s age – go for a walk with him. Puppies need to go about every 2 hours, older dogs are fine with 4 – 5 hours (some even make it longer, but first get to know your animal before relying on it). Lead him to the same place all the time, preferably with some trees or poles (if it’s a male), to “assign” his toilet space and pay also attention to grooming your dog in the right way. It’s all about Puppy basics training.
Always keep your dog from eliminating on concrete and asphalt. That will save you a headache later on to scrap the dog doo-doo from these places. You will soon see that the dog prefers certain places. Take advantage of it, and take him straight to these places instead of exploring the neighborhood first.
Another good idea is to teach the dog to associate a certain word for toilet use. Whenever I took my puppies outside to eliminate, I repeated this word over and over again. All of them started recognizing the meaning of this word within days. Now, if my dog whines without me knowing why, I do ask him if he needs to go “gassie” (that’s our secret code word – LOL), and he immediately will run to the door. If his whining meant boredom or craving for a treat he will not go to the door. Sounds good, right? Give it a try – it works!
As long as you feed your dog regularly, his toilet schedule will be pretty regular, too. Watch your dog how many hours it takes after feeding till he has the urge to go, and act accordingly.
Grown and healthy dogs should not have a problem to control their bladder and bowel for about 8 hours. An exception is when they ate something that does not do well with their stomach or if they drank a lot during hot days and when taking a break in your holidays.
Once you can be sure that your dog knows the rules about toilet practices you can let him out of his confined space and take the leash off when he is in his bed. Keep a watchful eye on what he does, and limit these hours to when you can supervise him. Over time you can extend the “free” hours when your dog has proven to act reliably.
Never forget to excessively praise the dog when he eliminates in the designated places! Praise, praise, praise, and a follow-up treat does not hurt either. You are the “boss”, and the dog wants to please you. Keep in mind that successful training of a dog – any training, like recalling your dog – is based on praises, rewards and pleasurable experiences, not punishment.
If you have long-time problems with this method of housetraining, try the crate training. Crate training is much stricter, but dogs tend to learn faster. Every dog is different, don’t get angry or upset if one thing won’t work for your dog, try an alternative! It is always a good idea, especially for puppies, to have some Puppy Training pads handy, just in case. There could be an occasion that you just cannot go for a walk with him immediately and use these pads for emergencies only, and when there are children in the house, take extra care!.
For “accidents” and how to properly remove odor stains, not only for your nose but also for the dog’s nose that is much more sensitive, use an Enzyme remover, such as Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover, or PetZyme Stain & Odor Remover. These products completely eliminate the odor, so your dog won’t smell it either and be tempted to use the same place over and over again.