House training your Dog- Potty
House training an older dog is not rocket science;
patience, understanding and perseverance will go
a long way in getting your dog potty trained. Rubbing
a dog's nose in a mess is an inappropriate way to
house train. Using ample amounts of supervision
and positive reinforcement will insure that you
continue to develop a positive relationship with
your dog. The best way to toilet train an older
dog rapidly is to use a crate and supervise him
at all time when he is not in the cage. You should
be anticipating the dog's needs and preventing him
from eliminating inside. Remember you cannot expect
him to know automatically what is expected of him;
you have to set the rules.
With older dogs, toilet training
is usually accomplished quickly as their bladders
are mature and they can physically hold themselves
for long periods of time. If you older dog resists
holding himself with this technique, consult your
veterinarian to make certain that his incontinence
is not a physical condition.
The first course of action in housetraining is
to promote the desired behavior.
You need to:
• Designate an appropriate elimination area
• Frequently guide your dog there to do his
• Heartily praise him when he goes
By occasionally giving a food reward immediately
after your dog finishes, you can encourage him to
eliminate in the desired area. The odor left from
previous visits to that area will quickly mark it
as the place for the pup to do his business.
Timing is critical
Older dogs should be taken out:
• After waking in the morning
• After naps
• After meals
• After playing or training
• After being left alone
• Immediately before being put to bed
Eliminating On Command
To avoid spending a lot of time waiting for your
dog to get the job done, you may want to teach him
to eliminate on command. Each time he is in the
act of eliminating, simply repeat a unique command,
such as "hurry up" or "potty",
in an upbeat tone of voice. After a few weeks of
training, you will notice that when you say the
command your dog will begin pre-elimination sniffing,
circling, and then eliminate shortly after you give
the command. Be sure to praise him for his accomplishments.
Most dogs will eliminate within an hour after eating.
Once you take control of your dog's feeding schedule,
you will have some control over when he needs to
• Schedule your dog's dinner times so that
you will be available to let him out after eating.
• Avoid giving him a large meal just prior
to confining him or he may have to eliminate when
you are not around to take him out. Schedule feedings
two times daily on a consistent schedule.
• Have food available for only 10 to 15 minutes,
then remove it.
• The last feeding of the day should be completed
several hours before he is confined for the night.
By controlling the feeding schedule, exercise sessions,
confinement periods, and trips outdoors to the elimination
area, your dog will quickly develop a reliable schedule
Avoiding mistakes by anticipating the dog's next
Left on his own, the untrained dog is very likely
to make a mistake. Close supervision is a very important
part of training. Do not consider your dog housetrained
until he has gone at least four consecutive weeks
without eliminating in the house.
• Your dog should constantly be within eyesight;
• Baby gates can be helpful to control movement
throughout the house and to aid supervision;
• Keep them in the crate when unsupervised.
When you are away from home, sleeping, or if you
are just too busy to closely monitor your pet's
activities, confine him to a small, safe area in
Nervous Wetting - submissive
If your dog squats and urinates when he greets you,
he may have a problem called submissive urination.
Dogs and puppies that urinate during greetings are
very sensitive and should never be scolded when
they do this, since punishment inevitably makes
the problem worse.
Most young puppies will grow out of this behavior
if you are calm, quiet, and avoid reaching toward
the head during greetings. Another helpful approach
is to calmly ask your dog to sit for a very tasty
treat each time someone greets him. If the problem
persists see your veterinarian to make sure the
condition isn't physical if that is ruled out the
consult a competent trainer to assess your dog.
Direct Him Away from Problem
Urine and fecal odor should be thoroughly removed
to keep your dog from returning to areas of the
home where he made a mess.
• Be sure to use a good commercial product
manufactured specifically to clean up doggy odors.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for usage.
• If a carpeted area has been soaked with
urine, be sure to saturate it with the clean up
product and not merely spray the surface.
• Rooms in the home where your dog has had
frequent mistakes should be closed off for several
months. He should only be allowed to enter when
accompanied by a family member.
Don't Make Things Worse
It is a rare dog or puppy that can be housetrained
without making an occasional mess, so you need to
be ready to handle the inevitable problems.
• Do not rely on harsh punishment to correct
mistakes. This approach usually does not work, and
may actually delay training.
• An appropriate correction consists of simply
providing a moderate, startling distraction. You
should only do this when you see your dog in the
act of eliminating in the wrong place.
• A sharp noise, such as a loud "No"
or a quick stomp on the floor, is all that is usually
needed to stop the behavior. Just do not be too
loud or your pet may learn to avoid eliminating
in front of you, even outdoors.
Patience is your greatest ally
Do not continue to scold or correct your dog after
he has stopped soiling. When he stops, quickly take
him outdoors so that he will finish in the appropriate
area and be praised.
Never rub your dog's nose in a mess. There is absolutely
no way this will help training, and may actually
make him afraid of you.
Your perseverance is rewarded
The basic principles of house training are pretty
simple, but a fair amount of patience is required.
The most challenging part is always keeping an eye
on your active dog or puppy. If you maintain control,
take your dog outdoors frequently, and consistently
praise the desirable behavior, soon you should have
a house trained canine companion.