Toilet training your puppy or untrained adult dog doesn’t have to be a nightmare or a chore.
With this article, you’ll learn tips on how to toilet train your dog, which will help you teach your dog to go toilet in the correct place, on command, and not in your house.
1. Supervise and Manage Your Dog correctly
This includes crate training your dog, playpen training, tie outs and place training, but let’s start with crate training and playpen training. When done correctly, your dog should view their crate and their puppy playpen positively. “What is crate training” you ask? Crate training your dog, means they’re comfortable in an enclosed dog kennel which leads to, minimized puppy toilet training accidents, less stressful veterinarian visits, dog grooming visits and travel to dog friendly adventures with you.
Check out this link to learn the crate training tips you should know and the best puppy crate training schedule.
2. Create a Puppy Toilet Training Schedule
No matter what your dog’s habits or current toilet training schedule, you’ll need to also understand your dog’s body language and eating / water drinking habits. To start understanding your dog’s body language and behaviour, grab this free PDF toilet training tracker.
3. Leash Your Dog
When your dog is on leash during your dogs toilet training, they’re much less likely to become distracted and forget to go potty. Don’t laugh; puppies (and even untrained adult dogs) really do that!
Take your time (up to 15minutes) when you take your puppy or dog to go toilet, if your dog takes too long, pop them into the crate and give them 15 to 30 minutes, before trying again. It’s important not to allow your dog to roam free if they haven’t gone potty when you’ve given them the opportunity as this is when your dog is most likely to have an accident.
4. Reward Your Puppy For Toileting In The Correct Place
When you start potty training your puppy or adult dog, you’ll want to know the best potty training rewards. I tend to use “Ziwi Peak” in training, as they’re a healthy air dried raw treat for dogs. Before you get to this stage you need to have conditioned markers (internal link here) in place.
When you take your dog out to their designated “toilet zone” wait for them to successfully toilet and as they are finishing up, use their “release cue” to signal to your dog that they’ve done the correct behaviour and give them a high value reward (food treat).
5. When to use dog training commands
Make sure you’re only “naming” the behaviour (saying your dog’s command) when you’re happy with how your dog is “going potty” i.e the location. If you’re still waiting 10 to 15 minutes for your dog to toilet, they’re not ready for you to start giving their command to “go potty”.
With these toilet training tips in your dog training tool belt, you’ll know the best methods of how to toilet train your dog and how to avoid common puppy training and dog training pitfalls.
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A guide on how to train your dog to be the best office dog in the city.
More and more offices are saying “YES” and allowing their staff to take their dog to work and for good reason!
With stress levels on the rise since the events of “the year which shall not be named” (2020) companies are seeking the best ways to support their staff and are establishing their offices as dog-friendly workplaces.
So the question then is, how do you go about making sure your dog is “office dog material”? Do up a little resume and cover letter? Not quite, but if your employer has an application system in place to vet each dog as a condition of entry, then definitely take care of that first.
To help prepare your dog before seeking the “go ahead” from your employer, we’ve made a list of a few essential skills which will help make your dog the best office companion.
1. Toilet Train Your Dog Before You Take Your Dog To Work
Toilet training your dog and teaching your dog a “go potty” command is an absolute must for office dog training. Your colleagues certainly don’t want to be dealing with messes outside of the scope of the role they were hired for
2. Is Your Dog Friendly
While a dog friendly office sounds like a wonderful time for you; consider how your dog will feel with loads of strangers approaching to pet or interact with them.
You’ll also need to think about whether having your dog in close quarters with unfamiliar dogs is something they can easily handle.
3. Crate Training
A lot of owners ask me, “Should you crate train your dog?” my reply is always along the lines of letting them know why to crate train your dog and all the benefits of doing so.
One of the main reasons to crate train your dog is that you can safely and comfortably take your dog to the office with you, knowing that your dog won’t be getting up to mischief while you sit in on meetings, attend to clients or help co-workers.
When you get a dog crate, choose a crate which is large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. You can teach your dog how to sleep in their crate here and how to crate train your dog here.
4. Stop Your Dog From Jumping On People
Training your dog not to jump up on people and to only approach and greet people / other dogs when cued, is a great way to make sure that all interactions are appropriately timed and that all parties are comfortable.
You can start to teach your dog not to jump on guests when they come to your home and then take your dog to work when their obedience training is reliable.
5. Dog Chew Toys
Giving your office dog something appropriate to chew on and entertain themselves with can be an easy way to prevent mischief or unwanted chewing of yours or your colleague’s belongings if your dog was to become bored.
The best dog chew toys for your dog can be determined by if your dog is an aggressive chewer or not. Indestructible chew toys like the black “Kong” dog toys are brilliant for dogs like English Staffordshire Terriers, German Shepherd dogs and Siberian Huskies.
If your dog is a more gentle chewer, some tough, plush dog toys from Beco could be a great idea.
Once you have these 5 basic dog training tips in place, you and your dog should be ready to confidently enjoy the perks of your dog friendly office.
If you’re struggling with how to train your dog, get in touch with us and book your FREE phone consultation to find out more about how we can help you train your dog with our in home training sessions and in home puppy training sessions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.