There’s no doubt that many of us face several setbacks when potty training our puppies. This is especially true for first time dog owners. If you’re wondering how to address these setbacks, continue reading to learn more:
When Your Dog Repeatedly Soils the Same Area
This is one of the most common problems that we face while potty training our dogs. It can be really frustrating when your pet keeps soiling the same spot inside the house, when he should be going outside. But have you wondered why this happens? I’ll tell you why if this question has ever crossed your mind. Dogs generally have a better sense of smell than human beings. By this I mean they can smell 10,000 times better than us. Because of this, your pet is able to smell even the slightest leftover urine in the house that you can’t notice.
So, any leftover smells will definitely attract him to the same spot, making him soil the same area over and over again. This is something that comes naturally to all dogs, so make sure you clean the soiled area thoroughly if you want to solve this problem.
Try using enzymatic cleaners specifically made for cleaning dog stains to clean the spot. Such cleaners are very effective at getting rid of the unpleasant smells in dog urine that keep on attracting your pet. The enzyme in the cleaner bonds to the specific molecules creating the bad odor and breaks them down. This consequently makes it easier for you to thoroughly clean the mess, and completely remove the odor.
You’ll be happy to know that these cleaners are easily available on Amazon as well as many pet supply stores near you.
When Your Dog Accidentally Goes To The Bathroom While You’re At Work Only a handful of dog owners are lucky to work for companies that allow them to bring along their dogs to their places of work. This leaves a majority us with no option but to leave our pets at home all alone while working. Usually, puppies can hold their bladders for approximately an hour for each month of age. This means that your 2-month old puppy will only be able to hold his bladder for just 2 hours, while a 6-month pup will be able to hold his bladder for about 6 hours.
So, if you work full time, it may not be realistic to expect your dog not to go to the bathroom while you’re away for eight hours or more. The good news is that there are a few measures you can take to prevent such accidents from happening. These include:
Taking your pup to a daycare for dogs while you’re working. Hiring a dog sitter or dog walker to take your dog for bathroom breaks when you’re away. If your place or work is closer to home, try coming back home during lunch breaks to take him out. If you have a neighbor, relative or friend who can help in taking him out for bathroom breaks while you’re away, kindly ask them to assist.
Lastly, crate training may also help, but it’s not 100% foolproof when it comes to preventing accidental soiling. Most dogs will not potty in their crates when given the chance. However, if yours can’t hold his bladder anymore, accidents are bound to happen whether he’s in a crate or not. So, try it out and see if it works for you.
When Your Dog Refuses To Potty While You’re Outside If you’ve experienced this problem before, you’re not alone. Many of us take our dogs outside for a bathroom break only for them not to seem interested. But, as we all know, having a bathroom break isn’t the only reason dogs like going outside. Some want to be taken outside to play and explore, while others want to go for a walk.
So, when your pup doesn’t potty within the first 5 minutes he’s outside, chances are that he’s interested in doing something else other than going to the bathroom. Perhaps tracking that sweet smell he noticed earlier.
Another possible reason for refusing to potty outside is that he may be old enough to hold his bladder for longer. If this is the case, try taking him out every 4 hours instead of 3, or every 2 hours instead of 1. Note that it’s not a good idea to indulge your pet with outdoor play if you’re in the middle of potty training. Why? Simply because he’ll grow to associate bathroom breaks with playing outdoors. This will confuse him, making it harder for him to notify you when he genuinely wants to go to the bathroom. So, your best bet when he refuses to potty is to take him back inside and finish the training. After that, you can engage in any indoor game with your pet. I hope you’ve learnt something new about handling common potty training problems we face regularly.