No matter what breed of dog you own or how old they are, potty training your dog can be frustrating and straight up exhausting. Potty training is something we have to teach our dogs; they do not automatically know where to do their business. But what exactly is the best way to deal with this problem?
Most people think that their breed of dog is incapable of learning the concept of potty training, or that their dog might be too old to learn at this point. Others may think that their dog is just set in their ways or that their puppy must be a certain age before they can start the potty training process. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is never too late or too early to start teaching your dog new habits and a new lifestyle.
So now that all of those excuses are taken care of, how do we get started with the potty training process?
Before we get started, there are few things you need to understand about your dog. First, you must rule out any medical condition such as bladder and kidney related disease and problems. A quick trip to your vet can confirm if there is any condition that is causing your dog to have accidents around the house.
Next, we have to find out why your dog is urinating in the house once all medical conditions have been ruled out. In this case, there are few things that you need to understand about the nature of dogs as animals. Dogs don’t always urinate just to empty their bladder and eliminate toxins like humans do. They actually use their urine to mark their territory and communicate with other dogs.
Dominant dogs with no structure and leadership use their urine to mark in the corner of walls and objects around their home. This is their way of claiming and object or areas as their own if there is no true leadership established in the family. Think of their urine as a territorial flag being planted all over your home.
Sometimes dogs will pee in the house to compete with other dogs who enter their home. Another reason that a dog might pee in the house is to seek revenge and get attention from family members. This type of behavior can be seen in dogs that are not getting enough play time or love in the home.
And lastly, some dogs urinate in the house simply because they have never been taught to go outside.
Now that you know the key factors of this unwanted behavior, we need to determine which one of these cases apply to your dogs’ situation. To do this, you will need the help of a professional dog trainer in Orange County who is experienced in dog behavior modification.
I, Sogand Schmeisser, certified dog trainer and behavior modification specialist at Heaven sent K-9, can help you overcome any problem that you might be struggling with in regards to your dog’s behavior. Please give me a call today to discuss your problems.