When you get a new dog, one of the first things you need to do is some dog potty training. First time pet owners might think that this is a difficult task but as long as you do it right, most dogs actually do take to housetraining quite well. In order to accomplish this efficiently, here are some of the most important requirements:
Do The Dog Potty Training at the Right Time
The best time to start housetraining your puppy is during the exact moment that he is about to poop. When you see him starting to do his business inside the house, call him right away and encourage him to go outside and bring him to a spot where he is allowed to poop. Your dog will not immediately learn but if you do this every single time he attempts to relieve himself in the house, he will soon be going outside on his own and doing his business in the right place.
Let Accidents Pass
During the first few days or weeks of potty training, you will probably happen across “accidents” in different areas of the house. When this happens, do not scold your pet or rub his nose in it. This will be completely futile because your dog will not understand why you are upset with him.
The best thing to do in this case is to simply clean up the mess and to anticipate the next time he tries to relieve himself. Your dog needs time to get used to the routine so don’t get mad at him if he doesn’t get it right away.
You can make puppy potty training a lot faster if you can dedicate more time into teaching him. This means you will have to bring him out every single time he needs to poop and wait with him until he’s done.
Use a Potty Training Command Consistently
Dogs respond well to spoken commands once they have learned what the words mean. It is therefore crucial that you introduce him to a potty training command at the proper time and to use that command consistently.
Simply saying the word to him without some kind of association will be useless so don’t say the commands unless it is really time for him to do it. For instance, when it is time to go, say “outside” and show him the way out. Once he is at his poop area, say “go potty” and wait until he does. Each time your dog does your command, praise him but don’t make a big fuss. This will encourage him to keep doing the right thing in the future.