There are many things you want to keep in mind when it comes to potty training your dog. In order to keep them up to standards and ready to go, then you should consider this very easy step by step instruction guide on how to do the training that you would like to have done for your dog.
Here is a breakdown of the steps so far that you want to keep in mind during the time that you are training your pup. It is important that they know what is expected of them and that you are the boss. You are alpha during the entire training session. This is the only way that they are going to continuously do what you need them to do.
Being able to be assertive and take control, be a strong, steady pack leader and let them know what you want is the best way to go about potty training the dog and getting what you need from them.
Learn Your Pup
This is by far one of the most important steps to keep in mind during the training process. Knowing who they are and what they can do, or their limitations is important. Not only because you want to know more about how they react to commands, but how well they listen and then do what is asked of them.
You will also get to know what motivates them, what they look forward too, and how their personality is. Many dogs have their own unique quirks, and as a pet owner, you should know these when it comes to training them to do anything, even to get them to go potty outside.
Once you have learned more about your dog, you will have a better overall chance of training them and showing them that you are the pack leader, you are trustworthy and when you say to do something, then they should be the ones that are doing it.
1 – Let the dog outside (or lead them to the puppy pad or newspaper)
2 – Praise the pup while they are going to the bathroom where you want them to
3 – Put the dog back in the crate when unsupervised.
4 – keep him close to you when not yet potty trained (don’t let him roam around the house yet.)
Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 all day, every 2 hours, for around 3 days or so.
This is an example of the steps needed to be taken every day while training the dog to use the bathroom. You can tailor it to your own needs.
8AM – Get up and take the dog outside to use the bathroom
8:15AM – Give the dog food and water
8:50AM – Take the dog outside to use the bathroom again
9:15AM – Put the dog in the crate or play with them if you are home for the day
11:30AM – Take the dog outside to use the bathroom again
11:45AM – Put the dog in the crate or nearby if you are home
2PM – Take the dog outside to use the bathroom again
2:15PM – Put the dog back in the crate or nearby if you are home
4:30PM – Take the dog outside again to use the bathroom
5PM – Give the dog food and water
6:30 – Take the dog for a walk if possible, or let them outside to go to the bathroom again
7PM – Play with the dog or put them back in the crate or nearby if you are home
9PM – Take the dog outside before everyone goes to bed for the night then put him in his special area, or in the crate for the night.
Always give your dog a fresh bowl of water while in the crate so that they can always stay hydrated while in there. But be sure to take them out more frequently because the more water they drink the more they will need to pee. If you don’t want to take them out more often than limit the amount of water they drink, or keep them on a water schedule.
Also, dogs that are more active will have to use the bathroom more. While you are at work, they may not have to go as much because they will be laying in the crate.
The age and size of the dog also comes into play during the training sessions, so make sure to keep these in mind during the time you’re training the dog.
Repetition is the most important aspect of training your dog when you get them. You need to keep them on the same schedule and let them know time and time again what they need to do. Once they get the process down and see that they are doing the same thing every time, they will know that this is what they need to do all the time. Like us dogs also need structure, and this is what you are giving them.
Completing the Potty Training
The process of potty training will take time, but it is important that you know how long to give your dog or puppy to know whether they are really ready or not to be trusted to not potty in the house.
After a couple weeks of your dog going potty outside with no accidents in the crate or in the rooms they are allowed to roam, then they can have free range of these rooms under supervision. You do not want them to continue to roam in these areas without supervision because you need to catch accidents as they happen, so you can correct them.
If they are able to go without accidents in these rooms after a couple more weeks, you can let them have more room to roam in the home. You need to watch them and correct mistakes. If they are like this for several weeks, allowing them to have full range of the entire house accident free means you have successfully potty trained your puppy or dog and they can now relax anywhere in the home without being supervised out of fear of having an accident.
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