Where to place the box while housetraining
Place the box in an area of the house or outside of the house that is easily visible to you and your dog. Make sure you are consistent where you set the box. This is so you can help reinforce the notion of where the place to go potty is. Some dogs may not be used to the idea of going to the bathroom inside the house. If that’s the case, start with the DoggieLawn outside during the first few times. Similarly, if your dog is used to going in a certain place inside the home, start by placing the DoggieLawn in the same location. Once they start to use it regularly, then try slowly moving it to the area you’d like. Dogs are creatures of habit so a sudden change to their routine might confuse them, so remember to go at their pace.
Training Your Dog
Take your dog over to the DoggieLawn during their normal potty time. Dogs, especially puppies, usually need to go after sleeping, eating or playing. The morning is usually the best time since their bladder is the fullest. Keep your sessions short and sweet. If they don’t get it after a few minutes, drilling them for 20 minutes won’t help. Instead, put them in a small confined space, like a crate, or put a leash and keep them next to you for the next 30 minutes. Then try again by taking them over to the DoggieLawn. You may need to repeat this the first few times if you have a stubborn pooch.
Praise your dog when they finally eliminate and maybe even offer a small treat (away from the DoggieLawn). Be consistent and praise them whenever they go potty on it so they understand what to do. Consistent repetition will eventually train your dog to use the DoggieLawn. You know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. That’s not necessarily true – training an older dog sometimes takes a little more time and patience to get them used to a new behavior. If you take the time to train your dog now, you’ll gain the future benefit and convenience of a house trained dog.
While most dogs take instantly to the DoggieLawn and go on command, others may need just a little support and encouragement from you.
Other Training Methods
Be attentive and aware of your dog’s behavior. When you start to see them sniffing, circling, or pacing that’s the sign that they are getting ready to go! Once you see them doing this, pick up your dog up and place it on the grass.
Teach your dog to go on command. Simply pick a word or phrase to associate with eliminating and always use this word or phrase when they go potty. It can be something like “Go Potty” or “Go Pee” for instance. They’ll quickly learn to associate the word with eliminating so that in the future, just by repeating the word or phrase, they’ll know they need to go potty. This is very similar, if not the same tactic, one would use if training the dog to sit on command. Dog’s are territorial creatures by nature and inclined to mark their territory.
Another method some users have found helpful is to collect urine from your dog or another on a tissue and wipe it onto the grass to “mark” it. This usually leads to your dog going on the grass once they pick up the scent. Getting your dog to go the first time on the DoggieLawn is the biggest hurdle so don’t forget to praise your dog as they go. Whatever option you choose, just remember to be patient and praise your dog. You’ll soon be rewarded once your dog understands that you WANT them to go potty on the DoggieLawn and not have to wait to go outside anymore!
Training Your New Puppy
The trick to house training your puppy successfully is to develop a pattern of going to the bathroom in the right location and getting rewarded for it. Puppies usually need to go to the bathroom after a change in activity (after waking up, after eating, after drinking, after a little bit of play, etc). A good rule of thumb to determine how long they can typically hold their bladder is to add their month of age plus one. So a 5 month old puppy can typically hold their bladder for 6 hours. Ideally, you should try to identify and be aware of your dog’s potty patterns – how often does your dog potty, what are the usual times of the day they go, what is their warning signal for going (sniffing, circling, etc). This also means that supervision is key to prevent them from going potty in the wrong place.
As often as you can or when you start to notice the warning signals, take your puppy to the DoggieLawn, using a leash if you need to, and wait for them to go to the bathroom. If they do not go, take them back and either crate or supervise them and try again in 30 minutes or so. Again, when you are not able to supervise your puppy, they should be restricted to an uncarpeted “safe” zone (crate, bathroom, etc) so if an accident occurs it can be easily cleaned up.
The idea is to establish a pattern with your puppy so they understand the right place to potty equals praise while trying to avoid a history of peeing in the wrong place. If there are accidents along the way, use an enzyme cleaner to remove the scent and prevent them from returning to the scene of the crime. Potty training can sometimes take up to a few weeks so remember not to give up and be consistent! It’ll be well worth the effort once they learn!