How To House-Train Your Dog

Does your dog pee somewhere they shouldn't?One of the most important things you’ll ever teach your dog is where and when to go to the bathroom.

For many dogs, the house-training process often takes anywhere from several weeks up to 6 months. Although this may take longer for some dogs, or those who have already learned bad habits and need to be re-trained.

Piddle Patch is a great tool for house training your dog because there will be consistency between their indoor and outdoor environments and they will make the connection that grass is the right environment to go to the toilet.

Stick to these guidelines and you’ll have your dog house-trained in no time.

Make a designated potty area in the house. When you first start training your pup, you should confine them to an enclosed area where a toilet area is readily available. This will help to prevent accidents throughout the house during the early stages of house training and will also help your puppy to learn that there is a designated area to relieve themselves in. As your puppy learns to use Piddle Patch, you may gradually begin introducing them to new areas in the house. During this process, it’s important that you keep your dog’s potty area in the same place in the house. Moving the toilet area once it has been established may confuse your dog and set back your progress. .

Set a routine. Encourage your puppy to go to relieve themselves in the same place, at the same times, every day. Puppies usually need to relieve themselves when they wake up in the morning, before they go to sleep, after sleeping and within 5 to 30 minutes after they eat. Watch your dog for signs that they need the toilet and encourage them to use Piddle Patch when they need to go. Typical signs to look out for include sniffing, circling, whining, barking or scratching.

The breed and size of your dog can impact how frequently they need to relieve themselves. Larger dogs are often able to hold their bladder for much longer than smaller dogs .

Use positive re-enforcement to encourage your dog. While training your dog, be sure to bring them to their Piddle Patch and use an assertive command such as “go pee” or “do your business” to encourage them to eliminate. Praise your dog and reward them with treats when they relieve themselves on their Piddle Patch. If using treats as a reward, only offer them after your dog has eliminated. Do not use treats to tempt your dog onto Piddle Patch as they may then associate it as an area to receive treats, rather than as a toilet area for which they are rewarded for using properly.

If you catch your dog eliminating somewhere they shouldn’t,  stay calm, pick them up and place them on to their Piddle Patch. Be assertive in your command but do not scold your puppy as this may intimidate and confuse them. Dogs react much better to positive re-enforcement than to negative.

Be consistent. Use the same words every time you encourage your dog to relieve themselves. When inside, you might use a term like “go pee” to instruct your dog to go to their designated toilet area. Using the same terminology consistently will help your dog learn the correct response to your commands.

Tap into their natural instincts. When re-training your dog to use a Piddle Patch, many dogs know instinctively what to do. However, if your dog is used to relieving themselves on pee pads, they may have come to associate the pheromones (which many manufacturers place in the pads) as a sign that the area is a suitable place to relieve themselves. If this is the case, you will need to teach your dog that Piddle Patch is the replacement toilet area. There are many affordable pheromone sprays which can be purchased which you can use to spray the Piddle Patch with. Alternatively, use a paper towel to dab at the spot where your dog last urinated, then wipe the towel onto the Piddle Patch. This will help to transfer the smell of pheromones on to your Piddle Patch, helping your dog to recognize the grass as the new litter solution. Continue to positively encourage your dog to use Piddle Patch while they learn that Piddle Patch is the new designated dog toilet area.

Tip: Some dogs don’t like to relieve themselves on grass when it is too long, so be sure to change the Piddle Patch regularly in order to keep it short and fresh and so as not to discourage your dog from using it.

If you have any questions about training your dog to use Piddle Patch, please do not hesitate to contact us on rebecca@piddlepatch.com.