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Potty Training Advice for Dogs

Potty training your dog should be one of the first things you think about after you bring your dog home, right after letting your dog know his name. If you've taken over or adopted an adult dog from another owner, then you can skip this section, but if you've just bought a new dog, take note, that this may be the section you need to focus on.

What you need to do before dog potty training begins

You need to remember that training your dog is not a race. Teaching your dog good habits early on is the main way to avoid accidents, however, no matter how much attention you pay to your dog, accidents can happen at any time, and if they do, make sure you clean the area thoroughly and make sure there is not a trace of odor left. A good rule of thumb to fully understand your dog's ability to tolerate poop is to determine this time by the age of your dog, adding one hour to the number of months is how long your dog can tolerate it. So, if your dog is three months old, then he can hold it for four hours. Always keep this time in mind and plan your work and sleep schedules to avoid midnight accidents.

Potty Training Advice for Dogs

The first thing you need to do is to choose a place outside where your dog can defecate. Have him integrate this location with the use of the toilet. When you and your dog are not together, make sure your dog is confined to a den-like space. Dogs generally keep their litter clean, so this is an available advantage in potty training them. When you can't care for your dog, you can use a crate to keep him in, as I will explain further in the next sections. Every hour or so, take your dog on a leash to your pre-determined convenience area, and when you arrive, walk around the area while repeating a command for your dog to go to the bathroom.

A word like "hurry up", or you can choose one of your own, as long as it is used consistently. If your dog starts to poop, repeat the word until he finishes. Remember to praise him when he's done, so he knows you're happy with what he's done. You can play games with him for a while before he finishes and goes back to the den. However, if you stay in the toilet area for five minutes and your dog shows no signs of convenience, take him back indoors to his den and try again in twenty minutes.

Next step

Follow through with the above training routine until your dog associates this outdoor location and your command with going to the bathroom. The main goal of this routine is to prevent your dog from having repeated accidents as he develops good habits. Be sure to take your dog outside after meals as well. When you're not home or can't take your dog out for a convenient trip, and your dog can't last too long without going potty, you should always set up a temporary dog toilet in your home. When you return, be sure to clean out the temporary toilet right away and continue the routine of going to the outdoor toilet.

Nighttime Potty Training Tips for Dogs

Don't feed your dog before bedtime and also remember to take away his water before you go to bed. This will reduce the number of times you have to get up at night. When your dog is young, you will need to take him outside once or twice a night to potty, but as he gets a little older, you can reduce this frequency to once or zero times. When you return from taking your dog outside to potty at night, you'll want to make sure he goes straight back to sleep in his own den.

Potty Training Advice for Dogs

Why give dogs toilet training

Toilet training your dog is not just about convenience. It's about the health and safety of both you and your pet.
Dogs are naturally clean animals who don't like to mess in their own living space. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and have learned to adapt their behavior to suit human needs, but that doesn't mean they're going to be able to hold it forever!

If left alone for too long, dogs will start to go where they feel most comfortable – which is usually in a corner or against something soft like a couch or bed. This can lead to unwanted stains and odors on your carpets and furniture, as well as bad breath if your dog eats it while they're doing their business.

The main reason why we train our dogs not to do this is that it's unsanitary (for them as well as us!). Dogs can pick up all kinds of infections from feces if they eat them, so keeping them off the ground means healthier pets and fewer vet bills down the line.

It also means that there's less risk of someone slipping on any messes around the house and getting hurt in the process – especially if they have young children who might not know how dangerous this could be.

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