Toilet Training your New Puppy
A proud puppy owner is not so proud when encountering a soggy living room carpet. Certain steps must be taken to train your new pet in housebreaking.
As housebreaking may sound ominous it is not as hard as it sounds. A dog has a natural instinct of wanting to keep its living environment clean. Once he settles in his mindset the problem is half resolved.
There are various methods to help in accelerating this process.First ensure that your pet is healthy. Make an appointment with a veterinarian for a check up.Your vet should be able to check and analyze your pet for house training difficulties e.g. bladder dysfunction, kidney and cystitis. On this check up, ask your vet to also test for worms and parasites using a fecal exam. Contributing factors that cause digestive problems that result in loose stools and inability for a pup to control itself when relieving himself is poor diet and nutritional state. Remember the accuracy in a mothers’ wisdom when she said “You are what you eat”. Because your puppy learns by repetition, close supervision and consistency in training is necessary and critical in housebreaking your pet.When you note your dog displaying signs of a need to relieve himself, take urgent action to get the animal to its designated area outside. Having an attitude of laxity because it is cold or dark outside is unacceptable as your pet will adopt the same attitude.
When you supervise your dog closely in housebreaking you tend to learn how your dog communicates. He can do this by special quirks when he needs to urinate or making an action before soiling the floor. As you take note of these actions, it can allow you to correct a situation when it is still fresh in the dogs mind. Although animals of this species are very intelligent, short term memory is not a strong point for most and making a correction when more than a few minutes have elapsed serves no real purpose.
Give your dog limited space when training housebreaking by barricading doorways with baby gates or a pet crate. This will help them identify his living space. Dogs have a natural inclination to come out of their own living space to urinate and making this link will make your job easier. On the area you have designated for your puppy to urinate, line the space with old news papers as it facilitates an easier cleanup. Also note that surfaces differ and some are more pet friendly than others. Try to restrict your pet to areas than are easier to clean like where they are tiles or vinyl floors. Keep them away from carpets or hardwood floors which hold odors and can be significantly damaged by an uncontrolled pup.
At the end of the day limit the amount of water your dog has as a lot amount of water can make your pet have frequent urges to relieve themselves in the middle of the night. It is advisable to take quick walks outside at regular intervals as this helps your pet sent internal relieving schedule. When outside consistently repeat words like “potty|” or “toilet” to communicate to your pet the reason you are out in the yard and do not return indoors until they have completed relieving themselves. Always give praise when your dog relieves itself in the designated places you have assigned for them.
Regular training is imperative. When your pet has an accident indoors, immediately correct him and proceed to clean the area using non-ammonia based products like an Enzyme based deodorizer and remove all stains and odor. This will ensure that your pet will not repeat itself. These simple rules will ensure that your carpets and your new pet coexist in a peaceful stress free environment.