You open the front door and enter the house, but you hear the faint sound of trickling water coming from somewhere in the house. Your initial thoughts are ‘is the radiator leaking, did I leave the tap on?’ But then you remember you have a weird and wonderful dog, who only seems to be able to quench his thirst by drinking from your toilets. For most people, it’s a humorous cliche, but for you, it’s a bizarre reality.
The problem is, drinking from the toilet as you can probably imagine, is not great for his health. Toilet water is packed full of all sorts of bacteria that you wouldn’t want anyone or any dog to digest. Training him to steer clear of toilet water could save him from a serious illness, including worms, and no dog should have to endure the discomfort and pain that come with an infestation of worms!
Training your dog not to drink from the toilet will involve not just obedience commands, but also taking steps to limit his access to the toilet too. On top of that, you will need to use positive reinforcement to encourage him to drink from his water bowl instead. This is vital training to keep your dog healthy, happy and free from expensive vet bills.
While the training itself may be relatively straightforward, it can be time-consuming to break a bad habit. For that reason, training younger dogs will be easier than training older dogs, who are often stuck in their ways. If your dog is young and receptive, you may need just a few days to flush out the bad habit. For older dogs, be prepared for it to take weeks. However long it takes, consistency and patience are key if you want your toilet to be a dog-free zone!
Before you get up close and personal with your toilet water, you need to get several things together. For the positive reinforcement, you will need treats or your dog's favorite food. You will also need a water bowl for him to drink out of instead!
For one of the methods, you will also need to get your hands on a toilet lid lock which can be bought from a number of stores and online retailers.
The only other things you need are a proactive attitude and probably some hand sanitizer! Once you’re fully equipped it’s time to get to work!