How To Stop A Dog From Peeing In The House: Train Your Puppy!
We all know how challenging it is to keep our dogs from ruining things inside the house. Unless, you’ve hired a dog trainer, of course. However, you do not have to spend a lot of money just for someone else to potty train your dog. This is something even you can do by yourself!
Today, we will teach you simple ways on how to stop a dog from peeing in the house. For short, how to potty train your dog. We are not saying that’s going to be easy, but then, it’s possible.
Here are several things you should know first.
When is the best time to train your dog?
Like us humans, the best time to train a dog is when it’s still very young. Dogs or puppies as young as 12 to 16 weeks old are much easier to train than those older. This is because they still have enough control of their bladder and bowel movement during this period.
They can still be easily rewarded with treats at this stage. If you bring home a puppy that’s 12 weeks old or older, chances are the puppy has been kept in a cage. The puppy might have already acquired habits such as peeing or pooping inside its cage with no schedule.
But even if you did get a puppy or a dog that’s older, there is no need to fret. Again, it might be a little difficult at first, but it’s not impossible. With the right technique and enough patience, your dog will learn how to not pee inside the house (or even poop).
Things You Will Be Needing
Aside from patience, there will be several things you have to prepare first. Before we proceed to list down the steps, here are some of the things you might need to potty train your dog:
- Treats - during the first few weeks of your dog’s potty training, treats are going to come in handy.
- Leash and collar - this is not necessarily needed all the time. However, you will need it once you take your dog out to pee/poop.
- Tissue/paper towel - “accidents” happen and you will have to clean them up as soon as you can.
- Enzymatic cleaner - this is very important to clean off any bacteria or smell coming from your dog’s poop or pee inside the house. Just any regular cleaner won’t do.
Step 1: Create a daily schedule for your dog.
It is very important that you create a daily schedule for your dog. Not only does it keep your daily routine organized, it also gives your dog a specific routine to follow. Thus, it will help your pooch develop good habits.
For instance, feed your dog at specific times. Breakfast, lunch or dinner; all these are important.
Randomly feeding your dog will only cause them to poop/pee more at random times. This is what we are trying to avoid. You want to make sure that your dog understands the routine. Be sure to remind your pooch that he can’t just eat, poop or pee when he wants to.
You can take your dog out to poop first thing in the morning, every after meals, or at night before he/she goes to sleep.
However, you don’t have to make the schedule specific or complicated. Just a simple one that you feel your dog can familiarize within a few weeks’ time.
Step 2: Be patient when “accidents” happen.
This is inevitable. If you haven’t potty trained your dog yet, your pup is bound to accidentally pee or poop inside the house. However, avoid shouting at your dog when this happens. Or worse, don’t hurt your dog physically. Because this will only instill fear in them.
You do not want your dog to be afraid of pooping or peeing. You can control these “accidents” by clapping your hands or calling them by their name midway as they pee or poop. Then you can make them continue their pooping/peeing outside the house.
Make this a habit and your dog will soon realize what must be done outside. It would also be convenient if you know how to properly clean the poop/pee when accidents happen.
Step 3: Pick a spot outside the house.
Choose that one spot that you and your dog will go to every day when you take him out. That way he will recognize that place as his potty place. His lingering scent on the place will also mark it as his territory.
Be very consistent with the place. It might be a pavement, a tree in your garden, or the nearby park. Anywhere outside the house is fine as long as it is accessible enough when your dog needs to pee.
If your dog stares at you while he pees or poops, it means he is just looking for assurance and protection. Dogs are very vulnerable when they poop/pee.
Step 4: Use the reward system
It is very important that you praise or reward your dog if he does something right. Not only will it make them feel loved, it will also help them remember to do the right things.
After you take your dogs out to pee/poop, you can reward them with treats once you go back inside the house. This will help get the message across that your dogs did the right thing. However, you do not have to do this all the time.
You can gradually start reducing the treats and stop it altogether after your dog has caught up with the routine. This will help your dog remember the routine even without the treats.
Step 5: Take it to the next level.
This step, however, is optional. You can also start training your dog how to poop/pee when in a crate. This is perfect for outdoor trips when you won’t be able to take your dog to his usual potty place.
Of course you wouldn’t want your dog pooping or peeing inside the car or in the crate. This will leave an unwanted smell or probably even stains in the car.
If that happens, immediately clean the poop/pee with paper towels and enzymatic cleaners. Better yet, bring it to the car wash.
Again, if you feel like your dog does not need it, you can just skip this step.
In A Nutshell
Taking care of a dog is very challenging. But what’s even more challenging is training your dog and helping him/her adapt to the kind of lifestyle you want. You have to understand that it won’t be easy for your dog too.
Your dog needs as much patience, understanding and care as any other baby. Although it might be frustrating when your dog pees/poops inside the house, try your best not to lash out on them.
The best way to teach your dog their routines is by earning their respect and treating them with care. Fear can only get you so far. With that said, love your pooch! Did you find this article informative? If yes, comment below and share it to your friends!