Pooch gets “Potty”: Useful Dog Potty Training Tips

One of the most “interesting” aspects of dog training is potty training. Though it doesn’t necessarily entail the dog to go inside the comfort room and do his number one and two the human way (though some trainers have managed to do exactly that, good for them), facilitating the “where” and the “how” of your pet’s toilet will contribute order in the dynamics of the household.

Dogs – unlike humans – have a loose schedule when it comes to potty. Though some breeds may do it more often than the others, it occurs usually a) when he wakes up, b) immediately after his periodic meals, c) after he wakes up from his naps, d) a few moments after going out and having had some exercise, and e) before he goes to bed. During these times the owner must have an excellent combination of timing and knack for reinforcement: timing, because as it is, your pet’s bladder is not wired to work during a specific hour (and you might need to supervise the whole process – and up to ten minutes after, to make sure that it is thoroughly accomplished), and reinforcement, because as all training steps go, this “session” has to be associated with a particular reward. Bear in mind that the praise has to be executed at the right moment, so the dog will associate the reward with the potty act and nothing else.

As it is, there are three conventional methods to toilet train dogs: paper training, crate training, and clicker training. Experts, vets, and dog trainers attest to the merits of each method – nevertheless, no method actually is more effective than the other. As mentioned before, it all lies in how the owner or prospective trainer executes it.

In paper training, there are two steps: first, you would have the dog relieve himself indoors, on a relatively wide patch of paper. Once the dog has learned the behavior, you make the paper comparatively smaller and much nearer to the door. This step should be done again and again until the dog has made the necessary links and associations, and once the paper has reached the designated spot out of doors. Paper training is the most inexpensive way to do this; however, if there is no proper timing, there’s the chance that that dog and owner may not move on beyond the first step.

The second method is crate training: the less potty mistakes, the more time outside the crate and wider area to roam around. Come potty time, you bring the dog outside of the crate and into the designated potty space. Since dogs loathe relieving themselves in their eating or sleeping areas, this will be learned and work really quickly. However, this could also prove expensive, if the crate will not be utilized for as long as it could be used.

Lastly, clicker training (teaching the dogs to like the clicker’s sound and make it out to be a reward signal) requires the owner to bring the dog outside, and when the dog performs the wanted behavior, the clicker is sounded off. Though convenient and inexpensive, the owner might want to observe the dog, so that pet pooch won’t – however unwittingly – “cheat”, and pee indoors.

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