First steps to potty train an older dog.
Potty training an older dog is an ongoing exercise, especially when they are reintroduced into a new home. It is such an essential issue for today’s owners, that even one single exclusive tip to help with house-training an adult dog can be extremely helpful.
So many of us are excited to rescue a dog from a shelter. However, house training is a priority when a new dog enters the home. It may be surprising to know that many adult dogs have housebreaking issues too!
You should expect the process to take a few weeks.
It is not realistic to expect that one weekend is enough time to change a long-term habit.
The first step in making your dog ready for company would be to properly potty train him. Some see this training as a hassle and some as a challenge. The goal here is to help your dog understand the bathroom rules of the home.
For me, it is part of bringing up a well-mannered pet.
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In nature, dogs are clean animals. Therefore, they prefer to have separate areas for eating, sleeping and eliminating. In your home, you will help him create areas for resting, playing and eating where going to the bathroom is not allowed.
There are a few things you need to know before you start potty training a puppy or adult Dog.
You need to understand your dog’s body language. Watch for signs that will show you when your pet wants to eliminate. Keeping him confined to a small area that he associates as the “clean space” to begin, will help him learn to “hold it in” until time to go out.
Take your dog for walks at the time that he usually does his potty. Take him out to the yard and then to the same place each time he needs to answer nature’s call.
Praise your dog after he eliminates in the right place. Some dog owners even give treats to their dogs. But remember to do this every time he does it right. He will relate the rewards to his having “done it right” and zero in on the spot where you want him to defecate regularly.
With time, you can try signal training. This is so that you know when your doggie wants to go. You can hang a bell at his level near the door and teach him to push it with his nose or pat it with his paw on his way out.
Until your dog has been fully potty trained, keep him under strict vigilance. Do not expand his free space let him roam around the house freely.
A crate-trained dog is usually very happy to get his own den. The advantage of crating is that dogs do not soil the place where they sleep. So, he will naturally not eliminate inside the crate.
If you have a small dog and if you live in a high-rise building or in a place that does not have a proper backyard, you can try litter pan training. What you do is create a specific area for your pet to eliminate in.
Use positive reinforcements while housebreaking adult dogs. Do not scold or hit him as you will gain nothing by doing that. He will only associate punishment with your return from outside. If you catch him in the act, a stern ‘NO’ or ‘FREEZE’ will do. It will startle the dog enough for him to stop pooping.
Be prepared to return to a soiled home if you are keeping your dog home alone for more than 4 hours. Separation anxiety is quite common among home – alone dogs.
Accidents will happen. It is unusual for a trained adult Dog to work against its house training. But medical problems or health disorders may lead to sudden accidents.
Many dogs mark their territory. He may use the leg of a table or a particular wall. Intact male and female dogs mark their territories by urinating. Use deodorizers to spray on the places where your dog has marked.
If you are patient and are ready to accept that house training a dog takes time, even months sometimes, you will end up having a good house-trained dog.
Potty Training An Adult Dog:
The best way to housetrain an adult dog is to begin from scratch.
Observe him very closely. Maybe even maintain a journal of where he goes and when. Make note of all the times you observe he is pooping when you are home and when you are outside. Then you can decide whether you can time yourself to be home when he feels the need to go outside.
You can try dog crates but be careful to introduce him to it gradually. It’s best to purchase a crate that will fit your dog when he is of full size if he is still growing.
Your dog should be able to move around inside the crate without being cramped. He should have room to sit, stand and turn around. But not so large that he can jump cartwheels!
Dogs by nature like to keep their living area clean. By using a crate for confinement and gradually expanding his clean area, he will soon realize that your entire home is the ”clean section”!
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Remember, commitment, consistency and intelligent use of positive reinforcement will make you the owner of a well-house-trained dog. Don’t expect miracles. Be patient so you won’t be disappointed.
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