In certain ways, dogs are easier to train than people. You can teach a dog to sit in a short span of time. The same can be said for crate training as well as house training a dog.
Your dog needs to be toilet-trained so that he understands not to pee and poo everywhere in the house. This obedience training also helps you to “protect” your home, as he will be aware that this home is your property.
House training your dog will keep him safe, aid his emotional development, and establish trustworthy associations with you and his new home. Establishing a schedule for your puppy will help him to learn what habits are expected from him.
The best way to toilet train your dog is to set fixed times for him to go outside for his potty. Take him out at the specific times during the day and praise him when he goes for his potty correctly. As you frequently bring him outside for pee and poo, he will gradually look for his “favorite” spot for his potty as his previous urine scent will bring him back to the same area each time.
Of course, if you do not have a schedule for his potty, this could lead him to do his peeing anywhere in your home. Keep in mind that your dog needs to go for his potty once he is done with his meal or upon waking up from a sleep.
Your puppy will need to go for his potty 15 to 20 minutes after he eats or drinks, so plan his daily schedule accordingly.
There will be times when your dog will mess up in your house. Accidents happen even for a most well-trained dog. You should not punish your dog for going to the toilet in your house. Instead, reward him if he does his potty outdoor.
For example, every time you take your dog outside for potty after he has eaten, give him a treat for this action. This will reinforce the potty training that you are teaching him.
If your puppy has an accident, this is YOUR fault not his. If you catch him in the act, you must correct him immediately. Just say a stern “No” and immediately take him outside for his potty.
Punishment can “destroy” the positive relationship that you have previously build with him. Reward him with lots of attention and treats when he goes to the right place for his potty. Dogs are supposed to do things for a reward, usually a treat.
If you let your puppy outside to “do his business”, he will likely go back to the same spot that he eliminated in the past for his future potty. So you should certainly observe him closely.
It is very important that your dog is focused when you do your training. A dog can be trained very quickly, but if he is not focused, you will never get anywhere. Get his attention using your vocal, eye contact or hand gestures during the training. Be consistent in your commands training else he will be very confused and lost on how to react.
As you can see, house training your dog is essential for him to understand that you are the leader and that he must follow your commands. However, it is also important to remember that you should never become aggressive or abusive towards him.
You want to establish a relationship based on mutual respect. If you do, your dog will learn to “respect” you and follow your instructions obediently. You should not punish your dog for any accidents as well. Instead, use positive reinforcement and rewards to train him.
If you are thinking of using crate to train your dog, make sure you get a crate big enough for him to stand up and turn around and most importantly, he cannot put his head out the crate’s door while you are not around.
The crate needs to be of appropriate size. Your dog needs enough space to be comfortable but not so much that he can use one end as a toilet and the other end as a regular resting area.
If you have a puppy that’s growing quickly, you may buy a crate that has a divider. This will allow you to cater for the future growth of your puppy.
Your dog will need the assurance from YOU that he won’t be hurt while he is in his crate. This type of trust can take time to establish and can’t be forced. Your puppy’s crate should never be associated with punishments. If you’re gone for a while, don’t feel bad and put your puppy back in his crate to make him more comfortable.
If you creates a bad experience for your dog, he will associate the “bad” things and will struggle to sleep in his crate. This can start a vicious cycle that can make crating a discomfort for your dog.
He will be associating going into his crate with being punished and when you open the crate, he’ll be anxious. Crating should be a place of safety and comfort for your dog. It should never be associated with negative situations.
You can help to decorate your crate to make it more comfortable for your dog by painting it with the same colors as your home. A nice bright color would be ideal. This will help your dog to create a positive association with his crate.
When introducing your puppy to his crate, it’s best to be extremely patient. One of the best ways to convince him to “like” his crate is to leave the door open and allow him to explore at his leisure. Each time he goes in, give him a treat.
When you have left the door open a few times and you’re sure that your puppy likes the treats you’ve placed in the crate, you can start closing the door and watch his reaction. Once he had settled down, praise and give him another treat. It will generally take a few days or even a week to acclimate your puppy to his crate.