Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA CSAT
Potty training is simple, but not alway easy. It takes vigilance and patience in equal measure.
While in training your dog should have two states of existence 1) supervised 2) safely confined. You are eliminating (pun intended) any chance of a mistake.
Never set yourself up to ask the question, “Where’s the dog?” There’s a good chance they are in the next room peeing. And that’s your error.
- Making outside your dog’s first and best choice
Take your dog on-leash to the chosen outside area in which he or she is to eliminate.
Optional: Give a verbal cue such as “go potty” or “do your business.” Choose something you are comfortable saying in public.
Praise and treat immediately upon completion (follow up with optional play or petting). You’re teaching your dog to trade urine and feces for a high-value reward and that’s better than simply getting relief in the dining room.
Clean up the mess.
DO NOT IMMEDIATELY REQUIRE YOUR DOG TO COME INSIDE after eliminating.
- Catching mistakes
Ignore mistakes you didn’t see happen. They are ancient history to your dog.
Interrupt mistakes you see. Joyfully take your dog outside and finish step one.
Never scold or yell at your dog. This could make them shy about eliminating in front of you and slow the process.
- Knowing when to go
Try often. We are always looking for opportunities to reinforce this good behavior.
Always take the dog out immediately after: waking up, eating or playing.