So you’ve brought home your new best friend!
Everything is hugs and playing until… oops your new friend answers the call of the wild indoors. And before you get upset, remember this is all part of the process of teaching and guiding a young animal into becoming an amazing creature. So now that the mess is taken care of and your home is back to being puddle free, what do you do?
Well, it’s time to start house training your new best friend before the next accident.
So let’s jump right into everything you’ll need to know and learn to help your best friend make the transition into sharing a home with you.
Beginning Your Training….
Yes, you read correctly, we need to begin with your training first. Because after all, this is probably new to you as well. So let’s take a moment to get everything you’ll need to know out of the way before moving forward to teaching your best friend.
First and foremost, your training begins with understanding that accidents will happen. It’s all part of the process.
As your new best friend is learning, sometimes mistakes will happen and sometimes those mistakes may happen on your part. What’s important to take away from here is how you handle those mistakes.
While it may be easy to let your frustration get the better of you, there is never a reason to get physical or angry with your best friend.
What does that mean?
Well, it means, focusing on the things your dog does right and putting less emphasis on punishing your dog for the things they do wrong.
As dogs will always remember getting praise over the times you lose your cool or yell, focusing on teaching with positive reinforcement has a greater effect than relying on other means. And while we are on the topic, punishments such as yelling or rubbing their nose in it, simply do not work. There’s no real evidence that such things have any effect beyond confusing and scaring your pup.
So remove negative reinforcement from your list of options and instead replace it with healthy positive reinforcement.
Reward your pup every time they follow the rules of potty training! And simply clean up the mess and move forward the times they don’t. They’ll be eager to make you happy again, making them more likely to remember the rules of staying indoors!
Manage Your Time and Schedule It Out…
One of the most important aspects of training a young pup is repetition and scheduling. As creatures of habit, dogs will be able to fall into positive behaviors after enough time repeating the behavior.
So what does that mean for your training?
It means helping your dog learn by setting a schedule and sticking to it. So find a schedule that prevents your pup from needing to answer the call of the wild indoors and stick to that schedule!
It should look something like this:
- After waking up in the morning, take your pup to the designated spot to handle their business.
- After the first meal of the day, it’s time to go back out to the spot.
- Once they finish lunch, you guessed it, back to the spot.
- Dinner over? Back to the spot again.
- And finally one last trip back to the spot before calling it a night.
By setting a schedule and sticking to it, you allow your dog to pick up on the training more easily while establishing that the designated spot is the only place to handle their business.
So do what you have to and make sure you stick to whatever schedule you set!
Remember, repetition is king when trying to pick up a new skill and house training your pup is no different.
So what did we learn…?
Instead of punishing your pup, just clean up the mess and focus on getting it right the next time.
Positive beats a negative…
Rewarding your pup every time they get the training correct is a much better training tool than negative reinforcement.
Time, Time, and Time Again…
Set a schedule your pup can learn and stick to it. This way your pup knows when it’s time to handle their business and where to handle it.
Patience is More that a Virtue…
Training takes time and there will be mistakes along the way, so be prepared to help your new best friend learn while accepting mistakes along the way.
So now that we’ve got your training out of the way… It’s time for training your pup!