How To Potty Train A Dog
How To Potty Train A Dog: Training a dog to urinate and defecate in the right place is a tough job faced by many dog owners. But our trainer Stan is going to show you that with the right method, you can potty train your dog easily without the need for punishment.
Hi. My name is Stan Rawlinson. I'm a dog behaviourist and obedience trainer.
And this is Charlie, one of my dogs, a rescue dog. And he is a Jack Russell cross Dachshund, in other words he's a stretch limo Jack Russell. Today I'm going to be explaining how to overcome toileting and potty training in both dogs and puppies.
And in every case, if you start young on a dog that's very very young, you're going to get a much better return on the work that you put in. And nature helps it, training dogs. When dogs are born, they're born blind, they're born deaf, and they can't defecate or urinate.
The mother has to stimulate them by licking them and making them go to the toilet. She then eats and drinks the feces. And I say, "Aren't you glad you're not a dog?" Now, because of this, it means that there's no bacteria build up, the feces isn't being left leaving smells and predators coming in.
Such is nature's way of protecting the puppy and keeping them clean and dry. But after three weeks to three and a half weeks, the puppies' eyes open, they can hear. And what happens is that at that time the mother says, "Right, I'm not cleaning up on you, I'm not stimulating you anymore.
I'm going to make you go outside the nest." So what she does, she forcefully trains them to go out. She's quite aggressive with it and she forces them outside.
And that's how we can train our dogs when they come to us to actually go outside. So the first thing we need to do to tell the dogs is the whole of the house is a den. And that outside is where it's going to be toileted.
What you start with is you use a crate. And if you put this crate together correctly, then it sees it as a den. And you can keep that dog at certain times in the crate and it will not defecate, urinate, because of what the mother has done.
So once we've got that situation down, what we need to do is put it in a crate, after fifteen minutes take it out of the crate and take it outside and see if it will go to the toilet. If it doesn't, then back in the crate for fifteen minutes, out again each time. Once it defecates or urinates, no problem whatsoever.
What we have to do is observe the puppy, very very closely. And how we observe it is we wait fifteen minutes after it has eaten or drank and we take it outside. If it doesn't toilet, back inside again, make sure it doesn't toilet inside.
Then wait another fifteen minutes out each time. At night, put paper down so it can go. Gradually over a period of time, you remove the paper, but you get one sheet that's soiled and put it out in the garden and then encourage the puppy to go urinate and defecate on that.
Now, toileting of a young puppy should take no longer than between twelve to fourteen weeks of age. If it's gone past that, then you've probably done something wrong. And one of the worse thing you can ever do is actually tell the dog off for defecating or urinating.
You're making that dog anxious. So make sure there's no anxiety, loads and loads of prize when they do go outside. Take your treats, make sure they get that every time they go outside.
And I'm sure you'll end up with a dog that's clean and a happy dog that knows that its not doing anything wrong.