EQuality Dog Training provides every student enrolling in any of the Puppy Training classes with a handout containing information that will lead the new puppy owner through the process of potty training. The process leads to a closer bond with your new canine family member. Enjoy!
Potty training teaches your dog to eliminate on cue and in an appropriate area. This is a foundation exercise! It is considered one of the behaviors that make up basic good doggy manners. Every dog must learn to eliminate in an appropriate area. No one wants to live with a dog that eliminates inside the home on carpeting, or other hard to clean surfaces. In addition, a dog that learns to eliminate on cue is a dog that can travel with their owner.
Your dog should understand that the click means that they have done the correct behavior, they may stop doing the behavior, and they have earned a treat.
STEP 1 – Relax!
STEP 2 – Memorize the following rules.
RULE 1 – Be consistent!
RULE 2 – Puppy must go outside immediately after waking up from a nap or a full night’s sleep.
RULE 3 – Puppy must go outside immediately after eating.
RULE 4 – Puppy must go outside immediately after drinking.
RULE 5 – Puppy must go outside immediately following playtime.
Good observation skills and common sense are going to help with rule number five. If puppy has been playing vigorously for more than 10 to 15 minutes, take puppy outside. Always allow puppy to return to play after eliminating. We never want puppy to associate eliminating with the end of good things such as play. Elimination should be associated and rewarded with good things such as food rewards and special games.
RULE 6 – Observe your puppy. If you notice your puppy sniffing the ground, carpeting, flooring of any type, or furniture, your puppy must go outside.
RULE 7 – Make sure you bring treats with you when you take your puppy outside. Remember a treat is anything your dog finds rewarding. This can be a food reward, or a treasured toy, or the chance to play a game of chase or fetch.
STEP 3 – Observe your dog as they begin to eliminate. Remain silent. Just when the stream is about to end, click and reward your dog. Do not click your dog until you think the stream is almost ended. Remember, the click ends the behavior. If you click too soon, your puppy will stop eliminating before they have emptied their bladder. If you click after they are finished eliminating you will have clicked too late. Again, observation is the key. Your dog will give you physical signs when they are about to finish their elimination process.
STEP 4 – Repeat STEP 3 several times.
STEP 5 – Give your elimination cue as your dog begins to eliminate. Choose your cue carefully. Make sure it is a phrase or word you are comfortable saying in public. Many people choose go potty, go #1, or something similar as the cue for urination. Many people choose go poo poo, go #2, or something similar as the cue for defecation.
STEP 6 – Repeat STEP 5 several times.
STEP 7 – Give your verbal cue before your dog begins to eliminate. If they do, click and give them an extra big reward! If they do not eliminate, bring them back inside and wait approximately 5 minutes and take them back out and try again. During this five minute time period, keep a careful watch on your puppy. If you see any signs of needing to eliminate, take them outside immediately. If you are not able to keep both eyes and your full attention on your puppy during the five-minute time period, please place them in a crate. Your dog most likely will not soil the inside of their crate.
Use the same steps to put the elimination process for defecation on cue.
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