Reasons for Accidents
Accidents do happen, they happen to us humans, just like they happen to dogs. It is important to note why accidents in the home might be happening with your dog so you can troubleshoot the issue and then correct it if needed.
There are a few situations where the dog might use the bathroom inside the home and it has nothing to do with their training. Here are some reasons you might start to see accidents when your dog is fully potty trained.
- Dogs like to mark their spots in the house. If it is a spot in the house that they once went before, then they might think their scent is leaving and have to urinate in that area again. It is important that all spots are cleaned with an enzyme eliminator to reduce the chances of having this happen.
- If your dog is easily upset, scared or excited then urinating due to these overwhelming emotions is often common. It can happen in just about any dog, big or small.
Common mistakes to avoid
Just like there are tips of things to do, there are also tips of things not to do. It is important that your pup knows what to do and there are many things that you can do to make it harder for your pup to learn.
Make sure you’re not making these mistakes when it comes to potty training your pup or dog!
Do not leave food out all day long
- because not only can this make a dog overeat, but it can cause their digestion to not be on a pattern. This can be okay to do once the dog is fully potty trained, but not before.
Make sure to keep your cool during the entire process!
- You don’t want to worry about the pup becoming upset or afraid because of you losing your temper. They need to know that their leader is someone calm and collected.
- If you found the accident somewhere in the house but didn’t see them actually do it, then you cannot react to the accident. Dogs are not capable of connecting the act they did before with your reaction now.
- If you catch them mid-act doing the deed, then make sure to clap loudly or do something that scares them. This will stop them from doing it and can help to reduce the chances of having this happen again in the future. Immediately take them outside too.
Violence should never be used in the training process.
- If you punish the puppy when they have an accident by slapping them or doing something aggressive, this is not teaching the puppy what they should be doing or what they did wrong, it is teaching them to fear you as an owner.
Do not let your puppy just go to the bathroom wherever they want throughout the house.
- They will grow up being adult dogs that use the bathroom throughout the home. This is not something you want.
Do not expect your puppy to be immediately trained.
- It can take them until up to 7 or 8 months old to become fully potty trained and able to grasp the idea of using the bathroom outdoors.
- You will want to spend as much time as you can with the dog and keeping them active and busy.
Do not let them out of the cage and then go and do something else.
- Make sure to keep an eye on them and pay them attention during this time. You want to have them always in your sight.
With the proper techniques, the proper training, and the time that you put into the puppy, you can be sure that you are getting all that you can from the potty training that you do.