If an action is followed by praise or reward, after a period of time, an animal will learn to repeat this action. Training an older dog may take a little more time and patience, but if you invest the time, you will reap the rewards. Some dogs may instantly get it from the word “Go,” while others may need a little extra help. You’ll need to put in some serious time and effort to have a fully house trained dog, but it will be rewarding in the end!
Place your dog where you want him to go at toilet time. Dogs usually need to urinate after sleeping, eating, or playing. Younger puppies may need to urinate as frequently as every 30 minutes.
Keep your pet at that spot until he relieves himself.
Praise your pet when he does.
Frequent Potty Breaks
Before launching into the epic adventure that is toilet training a dog or pup, it can help the process if you put yourself in their shoes.
An 8-week-old puppy, when awake and active, will need to need to go on average about every 20-40 minutes, or after every meal and after every nap. Puppies don't start gaining control of their bladder and bowel functions until they are several weeks of age. This is also the age when puppies start developing preferences for where they will go - a vital stage for learning to go where you want them to go.
Many puppies need 15 minutes of sniffing and circling before they are comfortable enough to go. The sniffing and circling is very important, but this should not become playtime. Keep toys and distractions away from where your pet goes to the bathroom.
One of the biggest problems with toilet training is not supervising your pet. If your dog has accidents in the house, and if this is allowed to happen often enough, the pup will soon be conditioned to toilet inside, wherever he likes. It’s important to supervise your dog before he’s properly house trained.
When you can’t watch your pup, keep him in a safe, confined area such as the laundry room, bathroom, crate or anywhere with an easy-to-clean floor. This makes accidents easy to clean up, and your dog will be more likely to choose the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet or pee pad to toilet on, rather than their eating or sleeping spaces.
The key with toilet training is consistency. Much like humans, all dogs are different, so you may need to adapt your training methods to suit your best friend. Whichever approach you choose, it's important that you stick to it! Toilet training can take up to 2-3 weeks, so don’t give up!
Clean It Up
Clean up accidents with good quality cleaning products that get to the source of the smell and prevent pets from using that spot again. Liquid, enzyme-based products, such as Liquid Ate™ Stain Remover & Odour Eliminator, get to the source of odour or stain to eliminate, not cover up.
Potty Training Tips
Take your dog out and wait until he uses the bathroom, then praise and treat.
Dogs respond much better to praise than punishment, so you need to find a way to get the behaviour you want, then consistently praise your dog every time you see the right behaviour.
When your dog is inside, supervise him at all times. You may need to restrict access to some parts of the house.
Watch for suspicious signs, such as circling, sniffing, lifting a leg, squatting, scratching the ground or whining.
If you see the signs that your dog needs to go, encourage him to follow you to the designated toilet area.
Use enzyme-based cleaners on accidents to prevent your pet from going in the same spot again.
Once your pet is reliably using the bathroom, you can add commands for “Outside,” “Toilet,” or “Go Potty.”
Either your pet’s routine has changed or something in the environment has changed.
Make sure your pet is still getting the same level of attention. Pets like routine, and any changes can have unpleasant results.
Try to identify what changed and make small adjustments to the new thing. For example, if you just added a new pet or roommate to your home, introduce your pet slowly and make every interaction pleasant and fun. If you need to change your working hours, change it by 15 minutes each day until your new schedule has slowly been established, and find other times in the day to play with your pet.
Use a product designed to get your pet to go in a specific spot. Skip to My Loo™ Attractant & Toilet Training Aid is a unique toilet training aid. The scientifically formulated solution mimics animal urine and encourages your pet to use that spot, making potty training easy.
Reward your pet for going in the right places. Give your pet a treat after using the litter box, Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet or garden. Your pet will repeat behaviours that are rewarded.
Clean up accidents with cleaning products that get to the source of the smell and prevent pets from using that spot again. Liquid, enzyme-based products, such as Liquid Ate™ Stain Remover & Odour Eliminator, get to the source of odour or stain to eliminate, not cover them up.
Animals learn by association, so you’ll need to adapt what your cat is peeing on now to the litter box in small, slow steps. If at any time your pet goes backwards a few steps, this is an indication you're pushing him/her too far too fast. Slow it down or even back up a stage or two, then try again, but at a slightly slower pace. Your pet only wants to make you happy, so continual praise and reward is the key!
If your cat is peeing on an object such as a small area rug or box:
Begin by having the rug near the litter box or Pet Loo. Make sure your pet knows where it is and uses it. Leave it like this for a few days.
Next, put the rug in the litter box or on top of the Pet Loo. Leave it like this for a few days.
Over the next week or two, reduce the amount of the rug showing in the litter box until you're either left with just litter in a litter box or the plush grass on a Pet Loo. For example, you can throw a handful of litter on the rug every day. Your cat will also probably throw some litter on the rug when she buries her waste, gradually covering it up entirely.
If your cat is peeing in a specific spot such as a corner or wall:
Move the litter box or Pet Loo on or near the spot. Leave it like this for a few days.
Once your pet is using the litter box or Pet Loo, you can start to move it to a better location. Over the next week or two, move the litter box or Pet Loo a few inches every day. For example, if your cat pees in the hallway and you want the litter box to stay in a closet, move the box an inch towards the closet every day. If your cat reverts back to the old spot, put the litter box back in the old spot and move the box in smaller increments less frequently.
The issue you're facing is "surface association" because your dog is trained to go on a unique surface not found in your garden. Your pet is looking for that pad or paper when out on the walk or in the garden.
You can easily transition your pet to use grass by using the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet. Simply place the Pet Toilet in the area where you normally place pee pads or newspaper, then put the pad on top. Each time you need to replace the pad, cut it in half so that more and more of the Synthetic Grass can be seen underneath. Eventually your pet will not need the pad at all and will just be using the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet.
If your dog is reluctant to step up on the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet during this initial stage, you can use a similar technique. Take the Synthetic Grass off the base unit and place the pad/paper on top of the grass and on the ground in the area that your dog prefers to toilet. After a day or so of successfully using the grass and paper combination, you can then introduce the base unit to your dog by placing it next to the Synthetic Grass.
Give your dog another day or so before placing the grass and paper back on top of the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet. Once your pet is confidently using the Pet Loo™ Pet Toilet, you can start halving the pad on top of the grass.
There are products available that help you train your pet to go to the bathroom. Pets are instinctively territorial, so if they smell the scent of another dog's urine, they will be inclined to mark on it. Skip to My Loo™ Attractant & Toilet Training Aid is a unique attractant that helps you toilet train your best friend. The scientifically formulated solution mimics animal urine and encourages your pet to use that spot, making potty training easy.