Potty Training a Dog doesn't Have to Be Difficult
Submitted On 2007-12-18

Potty training your dog, rather he be young, old, large, or small doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. Its as simple as you want to make it. Follow these easy steps below for the shortest road to success.

When you arrive at the designated spot, repeat the words “Go potty” (or your variation of the phrase) several times. Stay at the spot for at least 15 minutes. Don't let your dog play or do anything else until it has done its business. Praise your dog as soon as it is done going to the bathroom. Don't hold back with the praise and excitement as your dog will pick this up and remember that each time it goes to the bathroom, it will receive praise from you.

If your dog doesn't or is unable to go to the bathroom in the time you allocate (15 minutes), take your dog inside the house. Watch your dog for signs that it needs to go or take it outside once again after 15 minutes and try one more time.

By doing this, your dog is learning to go to the bathroom on command. Your dog may be distracted by many things outside, but if you keep reminding your dog why you are taking him outside to the designated spot, it will learn to go to the bathroom.

Aside from teaching your dog to go to the bathroom, you need to housetrain your dog to keep off the furniture. Below are some suggestions:

1. Spray something bitter smelling and tasting on an old sheet then drape it on the furniture you don't want your dog to get on.

2. Place a wide masking tape, sticky side up, on the furniture. When your dog gets on the furniture, the tape sticks to their paws. Your dog won't get hurt, but the tape will startle your dog to prompt it to get off the furniture quickly.

3. Cover and furniture with a plastic carpet runner, prickly side up. Like the wide masking tape suggestion, this one will startle your dog and make him uncomfortable enough to get off the furniture.

4. If you have a small dog, you can install gates and crates as well as dog proof some areas of your house. If your dog can't get to the furniture and other important stuff, it can't chew or destroy them.

Training Your Dog not to Chew on Furniture or Non-Toys

Chewing is a habit that dogs are quick to develop and can cause damage. To keep your dog from chewing the couch, train it to chew on his own toys. Make sure to give your dog plenty of physical and mental exercise as well as consistent training.

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