Wednesday, April 5, 2017

House Training: Tips on Teaching Your Puppy Or Dog

House Training: Tips on Teaching Your Puppy Or Dog

Providing our pets with a comfortable home doesn’t only include good food and a roof over their heads, one of the most important conditions is to train your puppy or dog where to relieve themselves (you can’t be expecting your pets to know where a toilet is right off the bat!) Ultimately, this has got to be one of the lessons to include in training
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Training a Puppy or new Dog may be tough for the first few months, but all you need is patience, perseverance, and encouragement for your pooch! Here are some pointers and tips:



Puppy Habits To Break


Puppies generally need to relieve themselves 30 minutes to an hour after their meals (you get the math, small bladder + small tummy = more frequent trips to the loo). Puppies that are able to grow up with their moms do not have this problem, because they are cleaned up by their mothers and the instinct of defecating indoors are eliminated by imitating their mothers.

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Another possible reason you should consider is the previous living condition of the pooch, was there a scheduled timing for walks outside at the shelter or home to defecate and relieve themselves? Now all you gotta do is break the previous cycle and start on the new

These tips and tricks will get you off to a great start!



Tell Tale Signs


Dogs and Puppies alike have their own unique signals when they have to defecate and relieve themselves. Observation is key, a few of the common signs are circling (our Dog’s #1 signal right before he goes), sniffing around the same spot, or barking.

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 If you have opted to keep your puppy confined in a cage or room (more on this method below!), they may resort to scratching the door as a signal. When you get the hang of their signal, bring them out for a walk immediately
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What’s your Furkids signal ?  



Confinement


This is one method if you are not a huge fan of cleaning up accidents around the house. 90% of Dogs won’t defecate where they eat or rest, just be sure to take them out for walks every 30 to 60 minutes. This gradually instils in your Pup’s mind that he/she should relieve themselves when they are out.

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However, this method may not be suitable for all owners, especially if your Pooch that has anxiety issues when being caged up. Try confinement within a small room like the bathroom or laundry room instead. Don’t forget to leave enough water and food during meal times!



Regular Walks


We are going to stress on this pointer many times Pawrents! This step is essential and crucial when it comes to house training your pooch, not only is it a solution, it doubles up as a good reward when your Furkid starts to defecate outdoors instead of your home.

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While training your Dog, walking him/her around the same spot they last defecated. You’ll start to notice your Pooch relieving themselves at the same area because the scent acts as a safe signal for them to go. Remember to reward them with treats and praises every time they do right!



Scheduled Times


Scheduled times for meals and walks are equally as important, only lay out bowls during meal time, and remove them in between meals. Try sticking to a consistent feeding schedule, and taking them out for walks when they are awake, after meals, and before bedtime. 

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It takes both hands and paws to clap, making sure your pooch doesn’t go to bed with a heavy bladder or stomach (how uncomfortable) is a definite must!



Clean It Good!


Accidents are inevitable during house training, and while cleaning up is quite a chore, do take extra precautions to ensure the soiled areas around the house is properly cleaned. 

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Try using a strong, Pet-friendly cleaner or disinfectant, getting rid of the scent (this is a trigger remember?) prevents your Dog from defecating at same spot! Otherwise, white vinegar could also act as an alternative cleaning agent, even for Dog bowls!   



Encouragement Over Anger


Although training can get frustrating at times, any form of punishment should be refrained. Some old school hard-knock methods do not apply here, we are aiming to build a bond and trust here, not scaring them into something! 

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Instead of yelling, scolding or hitting your Dog, try clapping your hands or surprising them. Snap your Pooch out of it, and bring them out right after to relieve themselves. Again, praise and encourage them after they have done their businesses outdoors.



Grown Dogs


There are some instances where previous house training seem to have gone out the window, for older Dogs. When this happens, a couple of questions to address would be:

Could there be a Medical issue?”


Check with your trusted Veterinarian immediately, possible medical issues could be related to bladder, kidney, and liver. Ageing also decreases your Dog’s ability to control their bowels.
   
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Was there a Change of Environment recently?”

OR

Did you change the Feeding Schedule or Walk timings?”

A change of environment can make a whole lot of difference for your Dog, give them some time to readjust to the new space. This also applies to a change of schedule for meal times or walks, after hard-wiring a routine into your Pooch, a slight change requires time to adapt, alongside with your guidance no less!
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Was your Dog too excited or scared by something?”

This totally relates to the phrase “I was so scared, I almost pissed my pants!” Behaviorists and Experts refer to this as Submission, and this usually happens when your Dog is frightened
(Thunder is a very likely cause for our Doggy pal).

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Being overly-excited also causes your Pooch to urinate, to curb that, try calming your Dog down when it greets you, and although this is hard, avoid egging them on too much when you sense that they are too excited!



Bonding With Your Dog


House training doesn’t just serve the purpose of teaching your Pooch right habits, it is also an opportunity to build a closer relationship with them! With a little bit of patience and consistency, the amount of satisfaction and bond is tripled for both of you, especially knowing you and your furry companion have gone through this learning phase together




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