Training Your Dogs to ‘Go’ Outside (And What to Do When They Don’t Make it There)
- August 31, 2017
Yes, housebreaking your pooch can be a nightmare
Of course, it’s worth it in the end. You’ll have a cute, playful puppy you can watch grow into adulthood. But that’s not to say it isn’t best to limit the duration of the process as much as possible. How do you do that?
Take your dog in training outside as much as possible, at least once every two hours beginning in the early morning, and of course after eating and/or drinking. According to the Humane Society’s tips on housebreaking, it is best to take her to the same spot repeatedly to reinforce the idea that this is the appropriate place to do her ‘business’.
The above goes hand–in-hand with another essential element in housebreaking, which is to establish a routine, including a regular feeding schedule, which will likely bring about a regular pooping/peeing schedule. It’s best if your pooch grows to understand that she has specific times for eating, playing, sleeping, and of course, urinating. A final stage in a daily schedule should be the elimination of all access to water approximately 2.5 hours before bedtime.
When your dog has accomplished his waste elimination task successfully, it is generally beneficial to reward him with a treat.
Although it can be stressful, it is important to keep your eye on your pet as much as possible during training. Indoors, you want to stop any move toward peeing or pooping – i.e.: sniffing, circling, squatting, restlessness – and immediately transport her outdoors to her ‘elimination spot.’ Whether you’re inside or outside with the dog, it is best to tether her to a piece of furniture or a pole using a 6-foot leash to control access to the area and therefore limit your babysitting responsibilities. When you are unable to supervise your pet, consider confining her to a crate.
Keeping things clean
When dogs smell urine spots that are familiar, they tend to urinate in that same place again. So it’s clearly very important to eliminate ALL traces of indoor accidents and to understand how to get rid of stains in the most thorough way possible. Make sure to move furniture and area rugs to get to those hard-to-clean areas. If it is on carpet, it’s best to use a pet friendly carpet cleaner that is also a green carpet cleaner.
To remove urine stains, it is advantageous to use paper towels or cotton cloth to gently blot the problem area. Then, use an ecofriendly CO2 product such as Fizzion® to spray the cleanser onto the stain. With all types of stains, work in a circular motion toward the center of the circle to prevent the liquid from spreading.
With loose stool or diarrhea, gently wipe up just the excess amount with a paper towel and let the remainder sit awhile to dry. Oftentimes, you can just scrape it right off your carpet and then treat the remaining particles with Fizzion®. Truly an excellent environmentally friendly cleaning solution, Fizzion® eliminates pet stains and odors and is safe to use on all types of carpeting and rugs as well as all hard surfaces in your home.
In fact, the budget-friendly Fizzion® is 100% non- toxic, biodegradable, free of dyes, safe to use on all surfaces and uses 80% less surfactants than most pet accident cleaners. Instead of just masking the problem, it gets to the root of it with the power of CO2. This completely eliminates any stench, preventing remarking by your pet. Hence, you will be speeding-up the housebreaking process. You’ll be giving yourself more peace of mind and more time to enjoy your new pet.
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