Many people make the mistake of punishing their dog when potty training them.
The dog is wondering why are they getting punished for something that is natural for them to do.
When training your pet, I recommend training them with a more positive approach.
There are certain times when a dog has to go potty.
Train them around those times for a better approach.
- After they eat.
- After they drink.
- After they wake up.
- After they play.
Grab a treat and go outside after they do these things. As soon as they go reward them with a treat, pet them, and say good boy/girl!
If they happen to go potty in the house and you catch them in the act, say in a nice voice "outside." Then take them outside (remember the treat) and reward them before they come back into the house. Pretty soon they will get the hang of it.
When I first got my dog she was 6 months old and was potty trained. She had one problem though. Every time I came home she would wet at the front door. I was not happy about that and I knew I needed to correct the problem. I finally put some treats in my purse and before I opened the door I would have one ready and she soon figured out if she came outside she would get a treat. I would walk away from the door out on the grass and give it to her and then she would do her duty. Another thing I learned was: I never bent down to pet her when I first got home. She would wet as soon as I bent down to pet her. It is a dogs natural way of being submissive. My method did not hurt her feelings and it was very effective. I don't have the problem with Desi going potty at the front door anymore. I can bend down and pet her with no problem. She is a dog that will look you in the eye now because I think she is more confident.
Feeding and watering the dog at particular times of the day helps with training. Remember they go after they eat and drink. This is a good way to train a dog on command.
Positive re-enforcement is the best way to train an animal. Reward them and praise them when you see them doing something you want them to do. Too often we give them the bad attention which produces bad behavior and we don't reward the good behavior.
Train them using their natural habits. It is easier on the pet and not as frustrating for you. A dogs natural habit is to chew, dig, and bark. Give them chew toys when you catch them chewing on your shoe. Say "mine" when they are chewing on your shoe and "yours" when you give them their toy.
Crate training is a very good method.
If you work and the dog is an indoor dog put them in a room where there is no carpet.
Use a child gate to block off a kitchen area. Letting a dog roam when your trying to potty train them is not a good idea because they wet on the carpet and that odor stays there for a very long time, even if you clean the carpet. Setting a timer is often a good thing to do to remind you it is time to let them out.
I hope some of these tips might help you in training your dog.
I came across this video that was so totally awesome! I had to share it here because with good training you can teach a dog to do what you want. This is a good example of loyalty and good training!