Potty Training Tips and Preventing Indoor Accidents
Potty training your dog can be a stressful task. Many owners complain that once their dog has eliminated in a certain area of the home, he tends to go right back to that spot whenever he feels the need to eliminate again.
A good way to prevent this is to establish a consistent routine where your dog is walked and fed at the same times each day. It is also important to confine your dog when you are not supervising him to prevent accidents from occurring in your absence.
Once your dog has eliminated in your absence, there is nothing you can do to correct this behavior. If this occurs, the best thing to do is make sure you thoroughly clean the area. Begin by cleaning up with a paper towel first. Then, use a cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle spray. Spray the area generously and wait about 2 to 5 minutes for the spray to fully kill the odors that your pet could later detect. You may use this spray on multiple surfaces such as hardwood floors, carpets, tile, etc.
It is a good idea to remove all rugs from the home until your dog is fully potty trained. This way you can prevent odors in your home, as rugs tend to retain more of the odor.
Be sure to never use ammonia-based cleaners to clean up your dog’s urine. These cleaners smell like urine to dogs and encourage them to eliminate in the same area.
Using a crate is a great way to get your dog on track when it comes to potty training. The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up and make a full turn inside, but not big enough for him to walk around in.
Feed your dog his meals inside the crate and take him out when he is ready to eliminate. You may need to record your dog’s bathroom habits for several days before you can know how much time after eating your dog tends to eliminate. Once you have determined this, make sure you consistently take your pup out when you know he needs to eliminate. He should only get free-roam of your home once he has gone potty outside.
As with all behaviors you wish to reinforce, it is crucial to give your dog a very high value treat after he has eliminated outside. Turkey and cheese work very well.