I just finished a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® installation in Loxahatchee for a new client and his Poodle, Sam. My client’s poodle was not a bad dog, just very inquisitive and social. He just wanted to be roaming the neighborhood in search of someone to say “Hi” to. Well, we quickly resolved that issue and Sam is now only saying “Hi” to neighbors, family, and friends who come onto my client’s property. As I was packing up, my client wandered over with a dog training question. Well, it really was a potty training question.
One of the most frustrating things that we have to deal with when we get a new puppy, or even older dogs, is potty problems. Behavior issues such as “no jumping” or “stay off the furniture” are simple, repetitive learning exercises that we can accomplish by using many of the methods that we actually employed when we needed to learn things ourselves. Practice and repetition were our guide posts.
Walking into a room to see that our cute, little puppy has pottied in the middle of our new carpet is very distressing to us. It is also somewhat of a mystery of what we can do.
I have written entire booklet outlining multiple processes, steps, and procedures to potty train puppies and dogs. After many years of sharing these techniques with my clients, I have discovered that there are two things that, when overlooked, cause over 90% of your potty training problem. This is what I shared with my Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® client.
The biggest problem that people have is that they don’t understand that potty training comes down to resource management. When your puppy is urinating all over your house, that is normally attributed to allowing him to have too much water. All puppies need water for hydration. In fact, they often need additional hydration during the twelve months of their life (main growth period).
The problem that we cause is that we are not managing the water. We often leave a huge bowl of water down for them to constantly drink whenever they wish. Puppies often drink out of boredom and simply “because it is there”. This means that they will over consume liquids. The natural way that the body deals with unused and unneeded liquids is through urination. That is exactly what can happen with your puppy.
I suggest that you give your puppy a full bowl of water at his meal time. Limit meal time to no more than twenty minutes. After twenty minutes, pick up the food and water bowl. Empty the water bowl and then refill it with one inch of water. Put the water bowl down for your puppy.
Monitor the bowl every one to two hours. If the bowl is empty, refill it with one inch of water and place the bowl back on the ground. Make a note of when you refilled the bowl.
If you see that your puppy is making urination accidents in the house, don’t place the one inch of water in the water bowl as quickly. If you come by and see that the water bowl is empty, wait for one hour and then place the one inch of water in it. Again, make note of the time you replenished the water.
Continue this process until the accidents diminish. All you have done here is to monitor and manage the water in a measurable way you can logically and, more importantly, understandably adjust.
Now, for the second big mistake that most people make when potty training…
You must always have your puppy in sight when you are potty training. If you cannot keep him in sight, he must be in his crate. This is critical because when accidents happen, you need to observe the time and if your puppy made any “potty dance moves” before he let loose.
When you see him make a potty accident, that will tell you that you probably should think about taking him out at that time tomorrow. It also may tell you that you made another mistake; such as leaving a completely full bowl of water down. Besides the “time factor”, you may also observe an action that always happens before a potty accident. Your puppy may have gone to the door and scratched. He may have started to twirl on the carpet or pensively smell the ground.
These are all “learning moments” that can only occur if we were present when the potty accident took place. Remember, learning is not always getting the right answer. The old adage of “learn from your mistakes” is quite relevant when it comes to potty training.
Once we realize that potty training is simply our ability to manage our dog’s bladder, the mystery turns into clarity. If you have any questions, please contact us at Dog Fence Training Help Loxahatchee South Florida or call us at (954) 472-4724. We have many more Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and dog training tips and secrets at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Loxahatchee South Florida. Robin and I are very happy that we have been your local canine experts for over eleven years in Loxahatchee and the rest of South Florida. Do you also need good, common sense dog training? Besides being perimeter dog fence experts, we are also excellent dog trainers. We encourage you to check out our Behavior and Obedience Home Dog Training Programs by going to Home Dog Training Loxahatchee South Florida.