Your dog is all warm, fuzzy and endearing… till its first poo at the wrong place in your house. Instead of whipping out your cane, you may want to recall if your toilet training is done the right way. It is every owner’s responsibility to coach their dog the right “etiquette” when it comes to bathroom manners but not many has succeed in training one that can do at the right place without leave the spot a mess.
Potty training may sound like an arduous task but all it needs is patience and a firm attitude towards your dog. It is definitely easier to start the training young but it doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Here’re some tips to follow if you wish to return to a stench free home.
1. Do Not Associate Food With Potty Training
Many owners seek the easy way out – feed some snacks when the dog poo at the right place- not knowing this is the formula for future disaster. Not only you run into the risk of overfeeding, you tend to build a reliance on a rewarding system. Potty training should be habitual.
2. Do Not Change The Spot
Identify the poo spot and stay with it. Some owners change the spot as frequent as they change their mind. Put yourself in the shoe of your dog: once you’re familiar with the location of the toilet, how would you feel when it is relocated without you knowing? This spot should be accessible by the furkid. If the spot is in a confined space such as the toilet cubicle, make sure it is accessible. If you are planning to have the poo and pee spot in your garden, make sure someone will be responsible for opening the door in middle of the night. Failure to do so will risk the dog creating a new pee or poo spot indoors.
3. Start With A Routine
Some owners stick to a fixed routine and this enables the dog to cultivate the habit successfully. They allow their dogs to poo while they are on a walk and only pee at home. To kick start this routine, you should be familiar with your dog’s current habit. If your dog tends to poo an hour after meals, time your walks to have them poo outside. Dogs are creatures of habits!
4. Get Some Help
There’re many products in the market that help owners to ease the pain of toilet training. They include wee pad, sprays and fences to confine them to an area. The efficacy of such products vary and owners should not over rely on them. They should only be a form of assistance.
5. Spare The Rod, Help The Kid
Instead of spanking your fur kid, why not shower some love when they get their poo mission right? Many owners resort to hitting their dogs when they dirty the house. Be an observant owner and notice how your dog behaves when it has the urge to visit the toilet. Once the dog displays such behaviours, bring it to the designated spot. Pet the dog or give it a hug to show your furkid that was the right thing to do.
6. Keep A Consistent Meal Schedule
This is extremely helpful for new dog owners. By fixing meal times, you are able to estimate when does your dog need to visit the toilet. This also creates an opportunity to observe it’s action while it looks for the spot. This will also avoid the occurrence of your dog needing to poo after bedtime.
7. Be Patient
Many owners expect overnight success. It may take up to 8 weeks to see a dog cultivates the right habit and there are also many factors that will affect the success rate. Owners who are busy at work and hardly at home can’t expect their furkid to learn as fast as those owners who dedicate time to train. If you are only spending time with your dog after work, try to time his dinner, walk and toilet session together. This will ensure consistency in training and results could be seen faster.