You stumble down the stairs, sleepy and desperate for a glass of water. However, as soon as you step foot in the kitchen you feel your comfy slipper get very wet, very quickly. You look down and sure enough, you’ve stepped in your dog's pee... again! He may be small but he still produces a large volume of pee. Even if he’s a puppy, he needs toilet training and fast.
Training him to pee outside will save your floors from an unpleasant aroma. It will also save you spending your weekends mopping the floors when you should be getting some well-deserved rest. Enforcing a peeing outside routine will also make it easier to enforce other rules.
Thankfully, training your dog to pee outside is relatively straightforward. You need to introduce a strict regime and always be there to carry it out. Once he’s in the habit of going outside he won’t contemplate going inside again. It will be time-consuming, but with some tasty incentives he’ll soon catch on. If he’s a puppy and still finding his feet, then it should be easy to form a new habit and training could take just a week or two. If he’s older and been in the habit of peeing indoors for many years, then you may need several weeks to finally put a nail in the pee-proof coffin.
Training him to pee outside will be undoubtedly worth it. You’ll never have to worry when you turn the light on again, or stress when you come home with guests.
Before you get to work you’ll need a few bits. Time is the most important training component. You need to be able to take him outside several times a day, every day. You can also rope another member of the household into training to share the load.
You’ll also need tasty treats or his favorite food to motivate him to relocate his toilet outdoors. Patience and a positive attitude will also speed up training and make it a more enjoyable experience.
Once you’ve got the above, you’re all set to get to work!