DPC Veterinary Hospital advocates the idea that the most effective way of house breaking your dog or puppy is pure diligence. The more times a dog potties outside and the less she potties inside the closer you are to a house-trained pet. The way to ensure that this happens is a combination of prevention, eagle-eye monitoring, and properly timed and executed trips outside. This may seem a little overwhelming, but the extra work now will pay off in the long run.
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House breaking your pet can be a long and tedious process. As your pet's veterinarian, DPC strives to provide the most time-tested and reliable information to all of our clients.
Here are some tips that our doctors have shared to help in the house training process:
- Pick up water two or three hours before bedtime. This will help prevent last minute "tanking up" and help your dog make it through the night.
- Crate training your dog or puppy is the most effective method of housebreaking. Dogs don't like to soil their sleeping area so they are unlikely to potty when in a crate. Training a dog allows you to have more successes and fewer accidents.
- Dogs learn through repeated successes. The more times your dog goes to the bathroom outdoors (and the fewer accidents he or she has indoors), the faster it will be housebroken. Always take your dog outside for a potty break when there is a chance he or she will eliminate. Some appropriate times to take your pet out for a potty break are: after eating/drinking, after waking up, after a play session, after coming out of the crate, when sniffing or circling, or if they haven't had a break in the past hour or more.
- The way to know when your dog needs to go outside is to watch their behaviors. Since you can't watch if your dog isn't in the same room with you, always supervise your dog when he or she is loose.
- Don't mix playtime and potty time. To teach your dog to eliminate quickly always start with the bathroom break first and then playtime second.
- Don't play with your dog in the same area that you ask them to toilet in so they don't confuse what they are there for.
- Add a potty command as they are eliminated, not before. If you would like to teach your dog to eliminate on command your timing needs to be appropriate. The only way a dog can associate what you are asking (i.e: "go potty!") with the act of eliminating is if you introduce the command while the dog is in the process of going to the bathroom.
- If your dog doesn't potty after a short period of time bring it back inside and put him or her into their crate. The crating isn't a punishment, merely a way to prevent an accident before you try again. Keeping your opportunities to potty short (ten minutes or less) helps ensure that your dog learns to go as soon as they get outside.
For more tips on house breaking and behavior, make an appointment with our Fort Lauderdale, Florida area veterinary hospital today! We look forward to meeting you and your pet!