Great house training tips
When a dog urinates in an inappropriate area in the absence of a medical problem, it is considered a housetraining problem.
All dogs, puppies or rescue dogs, require consistent housetraining. In most cases, it is fairly easy to housetrain a dog if you stick closely to a routine. Unfortunately, housetraining problems or inappropriate toileting are a common reason for why pets are relinquished to shelters. When a dog urinates in an inappropriate area in the absence of a medical problem, it is considered a housetraining problem.
Common forms of inappropriate toileting:
- Inconsistent toilet training
- Preference to puppy toileting habits such as newspaper or puppy pads
- Preference to an area where they have toileted a lot and now has the stimulating scent such as the carpet or mat
- Territorial such as an entire male marking its territory, the introduction of new furniture, new pets, new people
- New location
- Dietary problems such as overfeeding, high-fibre diets
- Musculoskeletal disease that causes the dog pain when squatting
- Anxiety such as separation anxiety, noise phobia
Tips to good housetraining:
- Start toilet training early. Puppies are best able to develop good toileting habits at approximately 8 weeks of age.
- Take the dog to the appropriate toileting area frequently
- Relocate your pet's faecal material to the allocated toilet area
- Take the dog to the toileting area after sleep, play and eating
- Toileting should occur before play
- Choose a few specific toileting areas and stick to them
- Keep your dog on a short leash initially
- Do not give your pet attention until it has toileted
- Reward the pet with praise immediately after toileting
- Do not punish your pet if it toilets inappropriately. But take it immediately to the area where it should toilet
- Be consistent with your toilet training
Minimum toilet breaks
|6-14 weeks of age||8 times a day|
|15-20 weeks of age||6 times a day|
|21-30 weeks of age||4 times a day|
|30+ weeks of age||3 times a day|
Management of inappropriate toileting involves thorough cleaning of the environment, ensuring your pet is treated for any medical or behavioural condition and the neutering of all household pets.