When you decide how to train a puppy or a newly adopted dog, you have two options — train them outdoors to relieve themselves, or on a pee pad inside your home, and then transition them outdoors. Potty training is one of the first and perhaps most important things that can be done by a dog owner to prepare for a happy, healthy coexistence with their pets. But first, let’s learn about your dog signs when he wants to go to the toilet!
1. Signs of dogs when they want to go to the toilet
- Sniff the floor
- Try to dig a hole
- Run around
- Moan, look to the door
2. What are the dog’s toilet habits?
Knowing your dog’s potty habits makes it easier and more accurate to schedule a potty training routine. To do this, take notes of your dog’s toilet habits for 2-4 days. Here is the time your dog wants to go to the toilet:
- After waking up
- After the meal
And now, we will walk you through all choices and give you tips for integrating potty crate training into your strategy. The below methods can be applied to both options and they can work in just 7 days (or 14 days in some cases).
- A crate – must be large enough for the dog to lie and turn around, but not too large for the dog to run inside. The dog doesn’t want to poop on the spot where it is sleeping, they only do it in the next place onwards. So if the crate is too large, your dog will poop directly in there. If you have accidentally bought a large crate, put a cover or a paper box in it to reduce the space to just enough puppies and turn around.
- A potty that you want your dog to poop in.
NOTE: Not everyone can apply it successfully because each dog has a unique habit. For example, there are dogs who go to the toilet immediately after eating, but some have to take up to 30 minutes or longer after eating to defecate. So, although there are detailed schedules here, you should pay attention to what kind of dog your dog has to choose a suitable schedule. These timetables are not absolute, you can take this as a model and then adjust it to suit your time and dog’s habits.
3. Potty training schedule when you work full time
- 7:00: Wake up. Get the dog to where he will poop in.
- 7:10-7:30: His playtime
- 7:30: Give your dog food and drink (clean up after your dog finish the meal)
- 8:00: Take the dog to where he wants to go to the toilet again. Then let him stay in the crate when you go to work (put some toys for the dog to play, give him some water)
- 18:00: You return home. Give your dog 30 mins walking (prepare a plastic bag in case he wants to poop during the walk).
- 18:30: Give your dog food and water.
- 19:00: Take the dog to the potty he wants to poop.
- 21:00: Feed him the last meal of the day.
- 21:30: Take the dog to the potty he wants to go to the toilet then let him play in the house.
- 22:30: Sleeping time! Let him stay in the crate till the morning.
If you can repeat this schedule day-by-day. In just a week, your dog will poop in the right place. However, the training time can be longer if you cannot train him continuously (14 days). The below sections are tips and tricks for successful potty training.
4. Use the potty commands
When you take your dog out, use one of the commands to let him know that it’s time for potty. The command can be: “Potty!”, “Hurry!”, etc. You should use only one command for your dog. If you are not the only trainer, you’ll need to make sure that everyone uses the same command during the potty training.
5. Do not yell at the dog when they poop in the wrong place
Imagine that your dog is like a baby. They can not learn for 1-2 days and remember all what you trained them, be persistent with them. If the dog makes a mistake, be gentle with them.
If you yell at them, your dog will be scared and think that going to the toilet is wrong. So they will try to hide their “product” carefully until you find out because it smells.
6. Rewarding is always better than punishment
Rewarding is the best and indispensable way of potty training the dog and letting him understand that he did it right. Rewarding is always better than punishment. Every time your dog does it the right way, you should give him a treat.
Whenever your dog does the right thing, reward him with enthusiasm, gestures, and words. Give him a cuddle, a treat, and compliment the dog are the best way of rewarding your pet.
Bonus video for you:
A dog needs time to go to the toilet in the right place. During the training, you may be sure that they know how to defecate in the right place. But your dog may forget the routine and go to the wrong place again. As long as you repeat the habit of going to the toilet in the right place for them, everything will be OK.
Hopefully after reading this article, you can train your dog to go to the toilet in the shortest time!
If you are still stuck in how to potty train your dog, these potty training techniques will give you the secrets and knowledge of professional dog trainers allowing you to limit mistakes, communicate with your dog easier, and see immediate results.