Potty training a dog can be done at any age. However, puppies can learn more easily, so if you have a puppy, don’t wait until he’s grown up before training him. Here are 8 tips that can help you teach your pup to do the right thing at the right place and the right time.
- Potty breaks should be on a regular schedule and based on the meal times, activity levels and the age of your dog.
- Assign a location and take him to that place each time he should defecate. Your dog will remember the scent and will be reminded of what he should do. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an outdoor potty, a doggy litter box, a pee-pad or a toilet spot indoors; he should be in that same place for the scheduled potty break.
- Prevent him from playing by keeping him on the leash until he has excreted. If he plays around, he might defecate where he/she is, which is not right. Once he/she has finished, take him/her off the leash and let him/her play, as a reward for a job well done.
- Select a cue word that you can use for him/her, to let him/her know that he/she should defecate. Examples of cue words include “potty break” or just “potty” or “hurry up”. The cue word/s you’ve selected should be used consistently by every family member. If he/she excretes, reward him/her with play or lots of praises. A tiny treat will also do, provided his regular nutrition will not get upset.
- If it’s already 15 minutes and your dog isn’t productive yet, confine him/her in a crate. If he/she does it in the crate, the mess can be easily cleaned. But the point is that dogs do not want to stay near their own excretion. So when he/she defecates himself/herself in the crate, let him/her stay there for a short time. This will enable him/her to learn his/her lesson. He/she will do what he/she should at the first opportunity.
- Dogs walk in circles and sniff the ground consistently, when they want to eliminate waste. When you see this sign, pick him/her up and take him/her to the assigned location and say the cue words.
- Finally, always pay attention to your pup’s needs. This will prevent accidents and you and your pup will live together happily ever-after.