ClipandCoach's Mistake - Free Toilet Training 101:
The often forgotten goal of house training is to teach your dog it is "safe" to go to the toilet outside and "dangerous" to go inside (that includes inside any building or home not just your own).
The way to achieve this:
1. Keep your dog or puppy in a confined space in the house, unless "empty" (toilet wise) and being directly supervised
A confined space can be a crate or pen (pen may contain an emergency toilet area if you wish. If so, bedding should be raised and at other end of toilet area with water/food bowls)
2. Take your dog/puppy out to the toilet on a regular schedule. Learn your dog's 'holding' ability. 8 week old puppies should go out every hour. As your puppy gets older this time will lengthen
3. In the beginning stages, only when your dog/puppy is "empty" may it be allowed free play in the house (this time will also depend on your dog/puppy's holding ability - return to the pen WAY before they will need to go again. For young puppy's stick to a few minutes)
4. When your dog/puppy goes to the toilet outside give praise and treats
5. You may begin to enlarge the area your dog/puppy is confined after 2 months of no accidents. Enlarge the area in stages until full run of the house is reached. If there is an accident, go back to smaller confinement and more regular toilet breaks.
6. Puppy's will toilet straight after naps, eating and playing
Tips for Mistake-Free Toilet Training:
- Don't assume your dog/puppy is toilet trained because they havn't had an accident in a while
- If you catch them in the middle of going inside make a startling noise/say name loudly to hopefully stop them going and quickly rush them outside
- As dogs act according to what they consider "safe" and "dangerous" you must praise and offer treats when your dog goes to the toilet in front of you outside to make up for the undesirable reaction you have (startling noise) when they go inside. Otherwise, your dog will learn it is "dangerous" to go the toilet in front of you or other humans and will wait until you leave the room or hide under the table and go.
- When your dog/puppy has been accident free in your home for a while, don't assume they understand they can't go to the toilet in other people's homes yet. (Remember the goal - safe outside, dangerous inside may not yet be understood)
- Don't spend time coming up with a thousand reasons why your dog had an accident inside (out of spite, attention seeking, jealousy etc). If there is an accident, just assume the safe and dangerous goal is not 100% understood by your dog and go back to the initial toilet training program
- Learn the signs ur dog needs to go (sniffing, circling, digging, dancing, barking, etc.)
MOST OF ALL don't take it personally when your dog has an accident. I mean, I'd probably go on your rug if I kept asking you where the toilet was and you ignored me, especially if I went there before and it was oh so relieving