Toilet training your dog for the first time can be an intimidating experience for you and your four-legged friend. And it’s not just puppies that need to be toilet trained. Sometimes people adopt older dogs that aren’t classically trained. Contrary to popular belief, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. All you need is a little extra time and a lot more patience. Wondering how to get it done without a big whoop? Read on…
Tips and tricks for toilet training your dog
Stick to routine
Be sure to feed your dog at the same time every day and don’t allow snacking between meals. This is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. If you stick to the routine, the whole show will be over in less than a week.
Give loads of opportunities
Your dog needs a lot of toilet training opportunities. Start first thing in the morning and then take him our every thirty to sixty minutes throughout the day. After nap time he needs to go outside and the same applies for after meals. Before bed is also mandatory as well as any time before you leave them on their own.
Return to the favourite spot
When toilet training your dog, it is helpful to take them to the same spot each time. Dogs leave their scent in areas and later recognise it as their “toilet spot.” You also don’t want to leave your dog alone outside and assume they’ll do their business. Keep an eye on them and make sure they’re actually going. After each successful toilet time routine, reward your furry friend with a treat, game, or a short walk.
If your dog has an accident indoors, avoid shouting or punishing them. This makes them fear you, and that’s not ideal for anyone. If you do catch your dog in the act, startle them in order to correct the behaviour as it happens. When your dog makes the connection and starts avoiding that behaviour, you’ve done your part in this journey. If your dog made a mess indoors, be sure to deep-clean the accident zone. You have to eliminate your dog’s scent from the area so they won’t recognise it as a toilet zone.