House Training Dogs – A Solution To ToiletingKeith
House Training For Older Dogs
Dear Dog Expert:
We have friends who are having major difficulties with their dog…not sure why they are telling me this now but they took Diego in, who was a stray, some years ago and he pees everywhere. They have to take up their carpets and replace the curtains in the house. Diego is about to be given up by my friends and I know their son will be heart broken.
I told them they should try crate training even if Diego is 7. Do you have any resources to recommend for this?
There are only two main challenges with potty training a dog. Number one and number two. Sorry – joke!. Interestingly, the solution is a two step process too. And, all is not lost. There is hope for house training, even for later years in dogs.
The trouble is, Diego just doesn’t know where to go for a pee. And, rest assured, dog potty accidents are never really a matter of spite or revenge. He is just confused, not unusual for a dog who’s been a stray. Here’s the answer.
First, Crate training is part of the plan, but not the whole plan. Diego needs some simple structure. 1) He should be actively supervised whenever possible, both outside and in. That means a human is with him and not distracted by anything else. 2) If Diego can’t be supervised, he needs to be safely confined (that could mean his crate). Dogs tend not to urinate in their beds. If Diego is going to be alone for a long period of time, he could be kept in a room without carpet – but with some potty pads.
If his owners follow these two simple rules they will never have to ask the question, “where’s Diego.” He will be with them or safely confined. In neither case will he be sneaking away to another room to poop or pee.
When it’s time to go outside, Diego still needs to be supervised. Once he’s relieved himself, his owners should immediately praise him and give him 3 small tasty bits of food. Do that right on the spot; don’t wait for him to come back inside. This teaches Diego that going potty outdoors pays off better than going indoors. That’s going to put him on track for learning house manners – and how to hold his water.