Successful Dog Potty Training: Even if Your Dog Doesn’t Have a Clue!
Dog Potty Training – Even if Your Dog Doesn’t Have a Clue!
Dog potty training is very similar to puppy potty training. The same principles used in crate training apply to both dogs and puppies, just a few variations.
The obstacles in dog potty training your adult dog are that your dog may already have some unwanted habits that you need to address. In this case, proper crate training is crucial.
You need to get your grown dog used to the crate in a similar way as you would a puppy. But what works to your advantage is that, although you still need to introduce it carefully, an adult dog isn’t going through the critical imprinting stages that a puppy is.
In some cases you need to use creative ways of confinement to your advantage; but just as in puppy potty training, when your dog is in the crate, he doesn’t have as much of a chance to “get in trouble” and form bad habits.
It’s not that he acts badly on purpose, he just doesn’t know any better. AND many, many times behaviors that we don’t want are a direct result of a dog being “stressed”.
The dog doesn’t perceive that your sofa might not be a great big chew toy. This is something that is easily taught, however, if you’re willing to use crate training in an appropriate manner.
A full grown dog may have more than just dog potty training issues. He may have other dog behavior issues, like chewing on shoes, getting on furniture, counter surfing when you’re not watching; and so on.
Proper crate training methods in these situations is a foundational tool and will make your dog potty training job much easier!
But remember, the crate must never be used to confine your dog too much as this can be detrimental to his behavior and health. There has to be an appropriate balance of time in and out of the crate; and most of all, every dog needs a sufficient amount of exercise for his energy level.
Again, in dog potty training since your dog may have already formed a habit of eliminating in the house, or on paper, you will need to reshape his entire way of thinking.
In his mind, if it was “ok” for him to have done this in the past, he will probably perceive it as acceptable now. He just does not have the ability to know any different.
In some instances you’ll find a dog that’s learned to potty in the crate. And even though it’s against their nature, it’s a behavior that was “taught” to him, in that the dog’s crate training was previously approached incorrectly. In this instance, you will need some creative solutions for confinement.
If your new full grown dog has not been potty trained but been left outside only, then that will work to your advantage. Do the same thing as you would in order to crate train a puppy. Except you’ll have more time between potty breaks.
If he’s already accustomed to eliminating outdoors, and not accustomed to eliminating indoors, this part of the dog’s behavior is a good thing; your work is half done.
But just as in puppy potty training, there are many subtle mistakes that can be made that will sabotage the whole process. We can’t blame the dog for these, but need to find them and fix them.
To make the whole process much easier you can follow the steps to potty training a puppy in “Puppy Potty Training“.
Or you can find answers to issues that adults dogs may have during the dog potty training phase that will enable you to start seeing immediate results in dog potty training
Dog behavior problems and dog potty training issues can all be simplified and solved if you narrow it down to “why” the behaviors are occurring and approach training from that perspective as you deal with the reasons and not the symptoms in a positive and gentle way.
Appropriate dog behavior cannot be “taught” by yelling, force or punishment. It is MUCH EASIER and a lot more pleasant for both of you, if you teach your dog in a very practical way where pain compliance and/or fear do not play a part.
True learning cannot take place where there is fear, because based on the facts, fear greatly slows down your dog’s ability to learn.
Even in a higher species such as humans, we have a great deal of difficulty focusing on learning a task if our minds are otherwise engaged with fear.
Your dog WANTS to please you, it’s just a matter of finding the right buttons to push in order to get the behaviors that you want.
Your dog does have very definite buttons you can use to your advantage for training; buttons which do not involve harsh methods of correction.
The best tool in dog potty training or in puppy potty training is the correct information about how your dog’s mind really works. It is very different from how a human mind works!
Your dog’s ability to learn and his behavior will be largely based on your ability to communicate with him based on his own psychology. He will also be affected by your emotions during any kind of learning experience, whether it’s dog potty training or learning specific behaviors.
Your dog will learn good dog behavior much more quickly if he’s in a positive state of mind. This will also allow your dog’s potty training to fall into place, naturally.
If you think about it, we’re asking our dogs to learn a whole new language and to fit into our lifestyle. So, in turn, we need to learn a little about his way of thinking in order to span the gap between dog and human.
When we do this, it will allow our puppy or dog to not only be reliably potty trained but to live peacefully with us within the boundaries of our lifestyle!
This website has all you need to get your dog potty trained RELIABLY in a gentle and effective manner!