Potty training is an essential part of every dog’s code of discipline; otherwise, dog owners will certainly find themselves swimming in a muck of dog poop. Plus, the whole will smell of dog urine for days. The first thing that a dog owner has to remember is that the dog’s toilet ritual should be suitable for both of them. This is especially true for dog owners who acquire older dogs that already have their own set of toilet routines.
To make things easier, there are a few general principles behind canine toilet rituals. This involves the frequency through which a dog may need to use the toilet. Note that several factors influence this frequency including:
The amount of food and liquids that the dog consumed within a 24-hour period
The dog’s age – Adult dogs don’t need to ‘go’ as often as puppies do.
The level of fiber on the dog’s diet
There are some cases wherein a dog may skip defecating for a day. This is considered normal as long as there is no other sign of trouble.
Despite the fact that dogs may have their own schedules for defecating, it is still possible to train them to ‘go’ on command. You just have to follow these steps:
Assign a word or phrase to indicate to the dog that it is now time to let his bowels loose. Simple commands such as ‘go on’ or ‘get busy’ can be used.
Assign a spot where it is acceptable for the dog to defecate or urinate.
Bring the dog to that spot every day, stand there and say the designated command. Be sure to clip a leash on his collar before going out. Let him roam and sniff around as far as the length of his leash will allow. Stand firm on that spot and do not try to follow him, but be sure not to let him play too much since these outings have to be kept strictly business.
Be patient. The dog may not eliminate right away as he is distracted by the noise and the scents all around. Once he starts to release his urine or poop, repeat the designated command immediately. This should help him associate the words with the act.
Once he starts to release his urine or poop, repeat the designated command immediately. This should help him associate the words with the act. Don’t forget to praise him for his efforts and give him his reward once the job is done, but remember to withhold the treats and praise if he was not able to do what was expected of him.