Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Key to Successful Potty Training

Learning to communicate is the top Key to successful training
By Eve Hoffman

Picture created by Eve Hoffman
There is a time and place for playing! For young puppies going potty before and after play insure less to no accidents! Potty outside no playing until dogie duty is completed
There is a time and place for playing! For young puppies going potty before and after play insure less to no accidents!


Often times the pet parent will blame the puppy or dog for accident in the house when unaware the process of learning how and when to potty for all of life including puppies and dogs. All of life must learn basic skills, how to sit up, walk, eat, drink, and potty.

No matter the animal, human or dog consistent and focused communication is the secret key to successful training. Another factor to clear communication is knowing what we want and expect from our furry loved ones.


In order to be successful with any training basic or advance, learning how to communicate to our furry loved ones is the most important part of training. Clear communication is the foundation to all training.



Often times pet parents will overlook understanding the puppy or dog is the first step to all training. People will make the mistake and expect the puppy or dog to learn how to communicate with the person. This is were misunderstandings and some taining battles can begin. Of course overtime the puppy or dog does learn how we communicate. How much a pet parent can learn about the individual puppy’s or dog’s way of expressing his or herself, as well as how he she interact with the world will create better bonding, as well as better skills.  



Precise communication is the key to successful potty training. The first step is to know how you want to have the puppy or dog ask to go outside, as well as where to go potty outside.



There are several methods a puppy or dog may ask to go outside to potty. The puppy or dog can scratch at the door, bark, ring a bell on the door, or come and nudge you. The amount of ways is endless. Often times through training, our furry loved ones teach us how to listen when they ask to potty in his or her own method. Just the same as humans, all dogs must be taught, as well as shown.



The only downside to scratching at the door is overtime the door, especially wood doors can be damage due to the puppy’s or dog’s fingernails. Also, if the pet parent is not in hearing distance, the puppy or dog can spend too much time scratching and asking.



My dogs have a variety of methods of asking, They do scratch at the door. Also, they bark. Bojangles will come and crawl on my lap giving me kisses. When he comes he acts excited as if I asked Bojangles if he wanted outside. Plus, when I ask Bojangles if he wants outside, he will give me a look of oh yes, jump off my lap, and head towards the door.  



We the pet parent must take the time to understand the puppy or dog. Potty accident can be avoided through early signs. Such as some puppies will start to smell and circle. Sometimes when the puppy or dog is first learning, he or she will circle around the door that he or she is supposed to ask to use. Also, some puppies or dogs are vocal. Often times a puppy or dog will whine, bark, grunt, moan, and even low growl ( not aggressively). Paying special attention is the key to success.   



Relieving the bladder and colon is a normal for all of life, humans and animals. Punishments to teach where to potty is never effective. The best method is to create a schedule. Such as potty outside every half hour to five depending on age. The younger the dog or puppy, the more often the need to potty outside. Also, until the puppy or dog learns taking our furry loved ones outside about ten to twenty minutes, depending on age will insure less to no accidents. My dogs vary. Sir. Duke will go out about ten to twenty minutes after eating. Yet, Bojangles and Kujo go within a few minutes. Now, my female dog Sammy normally goes outside before she eats and takes hours to go outside in general. Sometimes I encourage Sammy to go outside because I will find her staying in the house for more than six hours at a time. Of course she is almost ten years old and prefers the inside of the house and does not care to get her paws dirty.



Also, remember no matter how cute the puppy or dog is, going outside to potty does not mean playtime. Wait until the puppy or dog has potty before playing begins. Once the puppy has potty outside be sure to praise and treat, as well as play.  I have found the best method is to praise and treat. If a mistake occurs in the house simply clean up the mess, look at the dog say no potty in the house take the puppy or dog outside, say potty outside and throw away the mess. Remember do not force your dog or puppy outside, even when he or she had a accident. I fond saying let’s go potty outside, take the mess and show the puppy or dog set the mess on ground wait about five minutes and then throw away is best. Soon the puppy or dog connects the no treat to accidents in the house and the command word let’s go potty outside faster than any negative punishments or being forced outside can bring. After all the only reason the puppy or dog had the accident he or she did not want to go outside. The puppy or dog simply wanted to stay with the pack (family).



Never rub your puppy’s or dog’s face in his or her pee or feces. Pushing poop or pee into the animal face can create bad habits, such as eating poop. Furthermore, the puppy or dog only learns that the pet parent is mean and vicious, yet never where the pet parent wishes for the puppy or dog to potty. The only real thing a puppy or dog learns with punishment is to hide and avoid the pet parent because relieving oneself of waste is natural and normal, have a specific spot or method is a taught human act. Remember if the puppy or dog has made a  potty mistake in the house, most likely the accident occurred due to the pet parent. Mistakes is a sign to look at what the trainer is doing or not doing. Also, always try different positive training styles, not all dogs learn or are motivated the same.  



Every pet parent and furry loved one has a personal approach on all aspect of life. Learning the personal personalities, desires, and how each furry loved one communicates unlocks the magic of great communication and deep bonding with our furry loved ones.

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Leave a comment. Tell me what is on your mind. What creative method have you utilized to communicate with your furry loved one?

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