There are different ways to potty train a dog. Although potty training your dog might seem daunting, you can potty train almost any dog if you remain consistent, positive and patient. Nevertheless, before you start potty training your dog, make sure that it does not have health problems that might cause inappropriate elimination habits. As such, before you go ahead with the potty training plan, give your vet urine and fecal samples from the dog to be examined so that you can be certain that the dog does not have health problems that might cause poor elimination behavior.
Consider the behavior of your dog
The past learning history of the dog is also very important. The elimination behavior of the dog is caused by the environment where it was raised and its learning history. Dogs from mass breeding can be difficult to train. This is because such dogs spend critical development periods living feces. This means that the dogs have been used to living with their own feces. Therefore, persistence and patience are required to teach such dogs the appropriate elimination behavior. Additionally, if a dog has separation anxiety it can exhibit a destructive behavior towards property or self, howl or bark incessantly when the owner leaves them. The elimination patterns of such dogs might also be inappropriate. Nevertheless, there are ways of potty training such dogs too.
Proper sanitation is one of the ways of potty training a dog. You need to clean the interior surfaces thoroughly where your dog has previously eliminated before you start retraining it. Use enzymatic cleaner and other appropriate products to ensure that the dog cannot detect the smell of its feces or urine. Proper sanitation will make the dog used to living in a clean environment.
Scheduling and recordkeeping
Do not underestimate the essence of keeping record properly while potty training your dog. You need to track the water and food intake of the dog and elimination so that you can predict its behavior as well as manipulate consequences. You can use an excel worksheet for easy recordkeeping. Such a worksheet will enable you to track water and food consumption habits, pre-elimination behaviors as well as the elimination behaviors of the dog. Eventually, you can come up with a detailed record that will enable you to predict the frequent with which the dog needs to eliminate every day and at what time.
Reinforce appropriate behaviors
Once you take the dog out to potty, take it to the same spot in the yard. Let the dog sniff around as say words that will make the dog want to potty. If the dog go potty at the right spot reward its good behavior. The reward can be in form of treats, praise, affection or play.
Use tethers and crates
Tethering and crating are the major management options when potty training a dog. You can use both or one of the men to expedite the potty training process.
Generally, these are the most effective ways to potty train a dog. If you catch the dog in the act, do not punish it. Simply make a sound that will make the dog know that it is doing something wrong using a facial expression that indicates this.