Remember This When Potty Training Your Dog

By Maria Posted in dog training /

When teaching your dog the proper manners of the house, specifically where it’s okay to potty, there are a few things to keep in mind during this process. Luckily, we’re not the first dog owners in the world, so there’s the advice of others and a few helpful hints to help the process along.

Feeding time does play a big part in potty training. Young pups aren’t in complete control of their bowels, and have very little ability when it comes to holding it until you can let them out. Feeding a dog right before you go to bed or leave the house is possibly one of the biggest mistakes you can make. On average, feeding time should take place two to three times during the day, the last being at least a couple of hours before you leave the house or before bed time so that they have time to potty. Keep feeding times well regimented so that their potty time will also form its own schedule. It’ll help you get a feel for when your dog needs to be let out to ensure your carpet doesn’t get soiled.

Failure to clean up after your dog’s mistake is another mistake just waiting to happen. Just picking up the poop or soaking up the pee with a towel and spraying some carpet detergent on it isn’t going to prevent your dog’s sensitive nose from picking up their own scent. If you’re having trouble with your dog continuously using the same spot in the house, you need to invest in some enzyme based cleaners that will eat the cause of the smell, rather than just cover it up.

Remember that disciplining a dog after they’ve already had an accident isn’t going to do much more than scare them and make the situation worse. The best thing to do is clean up the mess, and it is okay for them to watch. In fact it helps them learn that the area isn’t where poop goes. Dispose of it outside, in either the yard (I prefer to do this so that my pup can watch me put it where it is supposed to go) or your compost container. If you put it in the yard, just remember to clean it up later.

These are just a few helpful reminders to help give you the upper hand when it comes to potty training. It’s up to you to spend the quality time teaching your pup the rules of your home.

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