House training your dog can be achieved surprisingly quickly if you follow a few simple steps and take the time to be consistent.
Make sure to give your dog a routine. Always be sure to take them outside first thing in the morning, straight after meals and just before bedtime, these times are crucial.
Also within that routine you should take some time to take your dog outside every two hours, every hour for puppies. This ensures that the message is repetitive as to where you want them to go. Routine works well with dogs, it serves two purposes, it reinforces where you expect them to go and also helps to establish you as their pack leader.
Accidents will happen, do not under any circumstances chastise your dog for accidents. You will only succeed in confusing them and damaging the bond between the two of you. Make no fuss and clean up in silence.
Some think it is a good idea to lay paper down. We have never been a great fan of this idea. This sends a mixed message to your dog. If you want them to go outside you’ll need to make the effort to take them outside regularly. If you lay paper down you are saying want I you to go outside but going here is also OK. A mixed message that will confuse your dog.
Punishment following an accident will certainly set the toilet training process back and may well lead to behavioral problems further down the line.
Keep a watchful eye on your dog, do not expect them to tell you when they need to go outside. Do not let your dog wander all around the house unsupervised, watch for your dogs excessive sniffing or circling, if you notice this take them out immediately.
Successful toilet training for your dog depends on your good timing so the more effort you make the quicker your dog will get the message as to where it is you expect them to go.
Dogs respond well to a routine. They are also keen to please so if you set them up to succeed and fulfill your end of the bargain you will be amazed at how quickly your dog responds.
Remember the dog doesn’t know where it is expected to go until they are properly trained. It is up to you to make that clear.
When you take on a dog you take on a huge amount of responsibility Be your dogs pack leader and your dog will reward you with unconditional love, affection and respect for life. Take a little time and be patient.
House training your dog is just one aspect of having a well trained, relaxed and balanced dog. Stay consistent with training and you both will reap the benefits.