When it comes to dog ownership, there are certain issues that everyone has to deal with no matter what. Yes, we love our dogs, we love their companionship, and we love playing with them too. However, one of the things which we certainly do not like is when they pee or poop in the house. Now, when you get a puppy, there is just no getting around that. Just like with human children, puppies need to be trained to do their business in a certain area.
Now, of course you aren’t teaching them to go to the toilet like with your kids, although it has been done before. You need your dog to know that it needs to do its business outside, and moreover that it needs to let you know that it needs to go out. Now, there are adult dogs which still poo and pee in the house, but this often has to do with poor training and sometimes with medical or anxiety issues too. Whatever the case may be, we are here to help you find a way to house train your dog, puppy or adult, and to help stop them from pooping all over your beautiful carpets.
House Training A Dog From Start To Finish
There are lots of different things you can do to help quickly train your puppy or adult dog not to poop or pee in the house anymore. Some dogs will have an easier time than others, and there may be different reasons for failure here. So, let’s just go through a step by step instructional on how most people house train their dogs.
Let’s start with the basics of house training your puppy or adult dog, then move on to some other solutions for those times when the simple stuff just does not work.
House Training Basics
The first and best way to help stop your dog from pooping in the home is to take it on regular potty breaks outdoors. If you have a puppy, you should start with 10 or 15 minute intervals, as they don’t have very much room inside for storage, if you get our drift. If they do their business when you take them out, make sure to reward them and let them know that they have done a good job. If they do not do their business, make sure to cut the time of the next interval in half and take them out again, as they will surely have to go soon.
If the dog is older, you can lengthen the time of these intervals as they do have more storage space inside. The whole rewarding them when they go thing still applies, as well as cutting the length of the next interval in half if they don’t go. Keep these intervals up for several days until your dog has successfully managed to not do its business inside your home.
You can now increase the amount of time of the intervals in between taking the dog outside. As it gets older or gets used to going outside, you won’t have to take it out as much. If you do see any accidents inside, you need to shorten the intervals and start the process over again until success is attained. A great thing to do is to have a special treat ready by the door, one they will only receive after successfully doing their business outside. Dogs are driven by food, so encouraging them to do the right thing with a tasty snack is always a good idea.
Supervision Is Essential
A big part of house training your dog is to supervise it. Catching accidents before they happen is a big part of making sure that they don’t go inside of your home. You have to always supervise the dog in order to catch accidents as they are happening. If your dog’s tail is straight, and if they are sniffing, circling, or even squatting, you can rest assured that a poop is right around the corner. If you see any of these signs, take the dog out right away.
If you notice your dog peeing or pooping inside, take them out right away. Make a slightly loud noise or clap your hands to make sure to interrupt the process. Put the leash on the dog and carry it outside ASAP. When you are outside with the dog, praise it make it feel good because this will encourage it to come outside to do its business.
When you are outside in the place you want the dog to do its business, walk in small circles. This will encourage the dog to go in a certain spot. Don’t play, pet, or talk to the dog, or even make eye contact with it until it does its business. This will distract the dog and discourage it from doing its business.
Keep repeating some sort of command you want to use to tell your dog to go outside. When they do finally go, repeat it several times more. When it comes to training and the recognition of words, there is nothing as effective as repetition. When your dog does do its business outside where it should, give it lots of praise and reward to further encourage this behavior.
Cleaning Up Messes Is Essential
If your dog has peed or pooped inside, there are some things that you can do to discourage this from happening again. First off, dogs have a tendency to do their business in the same place over and over. So, one of the most important things to do when they go inside is to give the area a thorough cleaning. If you only clean up a little bit, but still leave some odors or residue, the dog will remember and realize this, and thus go in the same spot again. You need to use a special cleaner to get rid of urine and fecal smells and bacteria.
You might even need a carpet cleaner too. If this happens on hard flooring, you are in luck. Simply clean the mess up and use a chemical deodorizer to get rid of smells and bacteria. If it happens on a carpet, clean up as much as you can by hand, soak the area in warm water, soak it up with paper towel, apply the chemical pet oriented cleaner, let it soak in, then soak it up with paper towel. You might even want to use a special carpet cleaning tool for this.
This might sound a little weird, but dogs do like to go in the same places. So, instead of throwing away those foul turds, actually take them outside and put them in the spot where you would like the dog to go from now on. They like to go in the same spots, so doing this will encourage the dog to go outside. Leave new poops in the desired area and clean up old ones. This is kind of like a chemical or biological trigger.
Some Doggy House Training Troubleshooting
Nobody said that house training your dog to stop poops from happening inside was particularly easy. Lots of people have trouble with this, but the key is to know how to solve the issues, how to recognize various problems, and how to deal with them ASAP. Let’s go over some so called troubleshooting tips if you can’t seem to get it done.
- If your dog does not do its business when you take it out, stay there for 10 minutes or so, and then go back inside. Spend 5 or 10 minutes inside, then go back out and repeat. If your dog does not do their businesses the first time around, chances are that it will have to go shortly after you come back in. So just beware of this.
- If your dog just loves to play when you go out, make sure that you are not encouraging it. Do not talk, pet, or play with the dog. Make sure the leash is under 6 feet long so it cannot really run around and get excited. Also make sure that there is nothing to encourage play time. This means no kids, toys, or other such stimulants. Also, since dogs can be easily distracted, do nothing else but walk back and forth with it.
- If you keep finding accidents in your home, the only reason is because you are not paying close enough attention. House training dogs is very time intensive, something you need to be aware of.
- If your dog is having accidents inside of its crate or small designated sleeping area, there could be several reasons for it. Make sure the crate is big enough to stand up in and turn around, but not so large that the dog feels as though there is a special bathroom area. The simple solution here might be to just make sure that it does its business before you put it in the crate and that you take it out regularly during the night.
- If your dog is crying in the middle of the night, well, it’s actually a good sign. Instead of just pooping on the floor or in its crate, it knows that it needs to go outside. So don’t outright ignore those midnight whimpers. If he cries, take him outside, but do not really acknowledge him because you don’t want to encourage midnight bathroom breaks. However, still acknowledge the dog when it does its business outside at night. You don’t want the dog to feel scolded or bad for waking you up, as this will only encourage it to poop inside more. Finally, if you are sure that the dog is not sick, is not hungry, and does not need to poop, it might just be whining for the sake of attention. In this case, let the dog cry and go back to bed (more on crate training here).
- If you cannot find a good reason why your dog is still going inside, you should contact a vet or dog behavior specialist to try and get to the bottom of it.
Nobody said that house training a dog was easy, but it is necessary if you want to own your own Fido. Keep in mind people, the most important thing you can do is to be vigilant, patient, observant, and understanding. Getting frustrated with or mad at the dog will only serve to worsen the situation.