How To Teach Them To Ask To Go Outside
It is important that you know when the dog needs to go out to the bathroom. This is a skill you have to teach them in order for them to learn how to ask you to go out.
It is good to show them that they should go to the door when they want to go outside to go to the bathroom. Some pet owners like to use bells on the doorknob to have them signal when they want to go out by jingling them while others just teach them that this is where they need to go to ask to go out.
The bells are often used with a clicker. The clicker signal shows the dog that they are doing something good when they touch the bells to go out. Clicking and then offering praise/reward when they jingle the bells shows them that this is the way that they are able to go outside. You then let them outside as soon as you can.
This is a process that must be done over and over again so that the dog understands that touching the bells means that they are going to be let out to use the bathroom. This method is usually what is done after the dog has been praised for using the bathroom outside and has that understanding already.
I suggest just going to the door without the bell at first. We don’t want to complicate things so let’s just keep it simple. For dogs that go to the door without the use of the bells, they should be praised every time they go to the door. This shows them that they are doing the right thing to ask to go out.
Again, repetition and a strong stance will show the dog that this is what is needed in order for them to use the bathroom and to ask to go out when it is time for them to go. Many dogs learn with repetition more than any other way.
Repetition is key.
Praising While Going Potty Outside or on the Pad is vital
Praising the dog while they are going potty outside or the pad is a must. If they are in the middle of going, make sure to acknowledge them and praise them for the deed they are doing. This should be done during the deed and not before or after it.
While they are going on the pad, you can also offer them a treat. However, it is important to note that you should offer them something that they would not normally get as a treat, such as hotdogs, as these can show that if they continue to do this good behavior, they get a good snack that they do not otherwise get.
The same is true for those dogs that are going to be using the bathroom outdoors. They should get a treat that is different from what they normally get while they are going. They should not get this treat before or after the deed, but during. They will know that what they are doing is something that they should be doing if you praise them during it.
Again, repetition and praise are key to keeping them on track and doing what they need to do.
It is important that the owner of the dog continues to stay on track with the dog, as this is something that many dog owners will not be able to do or may not feel that they need to do it. Even if it seems that they dog understands and knows what to do when it comes to using the bathroom, you still want to continue to reward them for some time. This will instill the value that this is an important task and that they should continue to do it.
The more you stick with it and continue the training, the better the dog is going to be because of it.
Continue to hold your dominance with the dog, though not aggressively, but being sure of yourself is something that you want to continue to show your dog. Do not yell at them for accidents or for not remembering what to do, since this is something that takes time for the dog to learn. And it is counterproductive.
Being a dog owner means commitment and through the right commitment, the strong commitment, the dog owner is able to show the dog what to do and how to do it so that they are able to live happily together.
Repetition, confidence, and praise all go hand in hand when training your dog to do the right thing.