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 who are a little older and who have not been fully trained from a young age.
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. 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 to go pee 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.
Use a command word. While house-training your dog, teach them a command word such as “go pee”, or “do your business” which they will learn to associate with the act of going potty. This command word will be helpful throughout your dog’s life as it will be possible for you to indicate to them in any number of situations when they should go pee.
Use positive re-enforcement to encourage your dog. Praise your dog and reward them with treats when they pee or poo on Piddle Patch. If using treats as a reward, only offer them after your dog has gone to the toilet. 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.
Do not scold. If you catch your dog peeing or pooping 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.
Some dogs may also be encouraged by the attention you give them for the wrong behaviour. This is another reason why it’s important not to fuss or scold over the wrong behaviour, but to correct it where necessary.
Consistency is key. Through the process of house-training your puppy, you are trying to help them recognise the feeling they have when it’s time for them to go pee or poop, and that there are certain places that they should go to do that.
Piddle Patch is an important tool to helping to teach your pup to only relieve themselves on the grass.
By providing a consistent routine, guidance, encouragement and praise, your puppy will be house-trained in no time.
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