Just like kids have to be raised properly to succeed in life faster, dogs require excellent trainers in order to achieve their full potential. For starters, everyone in the household will appreciate a well-behaving dog, but it’s much more than that. The dog will be much less stressed and anxious in a variety of situations if trained well.
One of the major examples is toilet training. An essential skill for all dogs big and small, toilet training takes a lot of patience and consideration of your furry friend’s personality.
We’re not going to lie, toilet training may get difficult and a bit frustrating, but our helpful tips below will reduce the stress a lot.
Every dog is an individual. Just like humans, all dogs are different. While it’s perfectly ok to ask for other people’s opinions or consider your own past experiences, it’s very important to remember that every dog will learn at their own pace.
Your approval is great motivation. We’ve been side by side with dogs for a very long while now, and dogs have developed some traits making them much more dependent on humans. While a wild wolf will rarely care about your approval, your household puppy sure will. In fact, your approval is great motivation for your dog, so use this knowledge to your advantage.
Start when the dog is still young. While it’s certainly possible to train a dog of almost any age, it’s best to start when your companion is around 3-4 months of age. Any earlier than that is pretty useless, as your puppy won’t have proper bladder control anyway. Any later – and the training process will inevitably take longer. So aim to hit the sweet spot!
Opportunities are the key. Your dog will comprehend the concept of toilet training much quicker if you keep providing frequent potty opportunities. If you have time, it’s best to go outside first thing in the morning and at least every hour after that. If you can’t afford to spend this much time with your puppy daily, consider hiring a puppy nanny or at least stick to a very regular schedule.
Provide regular meals. Speaking of regular schedules, it must apply to meal times too! No snacking between meals, no random treats, nada. You get the idea.
Be with your dog. Even if it’s just a backyard stroll, stay with your dog until the potty business is taken care of. Don’t be lazy, as just opening the back door and letting the dog out doesn’t provide enough motivation.
Praise success. Praise it hard. A treat, a longer walk, some cuddles… Let your puppy know how happy you are right now!
In summary, lots of attention, love and positive reinforcement will take you there in no time. Be patient with your dog – and your efforts will be rewarded very soon.
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