May 26, 2006

Toilet Training for Dogs – Tips from Animal Behaviorists

Generally, dogs are very clean animals – they won’t soil closeto where they eat, or where they sleep. But living in a house isunnatural for an animal whose instincts would be to roamwherever she wants to go, so you will have to help her learnwhere and when she can relieve herself.

It is essential that you form good toilet habits for your dog asearly on as possible. Trying to break the habit of a dog isquite difficult and it can be very frustrating. You need to useguidance and encouragement to help the pet. Animal behavioristshave some helpful tips that you can use to help with thehousebreaking of your pet.

Believe it or not, dogs are sanitary creatures. If a dog doessoil accidentally in the wrong place, it is likely that it willbe far from his dog dish, at least six to ten feet. This is truefor the place where the dog sleeps as well. But, unless you finda good place for her to go and train her in that manner, therest of your house is okay to them.

The process for housebreaking a dog is the same if he is a puppyor an adult dog new to your home. You’ll need to take himoutside every few hours and also 30 minutes after he eats. Takeyour pet to the designated bathroom spot. Stay with the petuntil she goes, and then praise her when she does. If she doesnot go, bring her back inside and try again in fifteen minutes.Watch her though. If the dog starts sniffing and circling takethem out right away as this is a sign that she is about to go.Pay attention to her signs and take her out. Soon, she willrelate to going outside to going to the bathroom.

Some dogs are housebroken much faster than others. Some dog’spersonality will cause her to go one way or the other. But, ifyou take her outside at the right time, it will go smoother. Apuppy of less than four months old will need to go out duringthe night. Older puppies can hold it that long. A dog that criesto be let out has an urgent need. Get up and take her out, sheneeds every chance to succeed that she can get. Positivereinforcement is necessary for success.

How you treat accidents will affect your dog’s overall learningcurve. If you catch your dog going in the act, distract her witha clap or call her name. Take her outside calmly at that timeand praise her for finishing outside. Clean up any accident thatyou find on the floor. If the dog approaches during this time,ignore her. Don’t talk to or punish her at this point. The worstthing that you can do is to yell at her or physically punishher. This will cause her to fear you and to not bond as well toyou. She won’t connect it to the accident at all. Ignoring heris the best course of action here.

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Niall Kennedy

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