Your Boxer is exactly the devoted, playful, and energetic dog you hoped for. He’s forever wanting to charge around the yard and play games with you. He’s also the first one to greet when you come through the door after work. However, he’s not quite perfect. You often come downstairs in the morning only to put your foot in a wet mess. He isn’t potty trained yet, so he uses your clean, new floors as his toilet.
Potty training him only comes with benefits. Firstly, no more excessive cleaning and the smell of urine or worse coming from your floors. Secondly, because you have young children, potty training him will prevent them coming into contact with potentially harmful bacteria. Also, it means you can take him to friends' and family's houses without worrying about accidents taking place.
Fortunately, Boxers are an intelligent breed. This means yours should respond swiftly to the right training. So, the first thing to do will be to get him into a regular routine. Once you have done that, it will become a habit to only go to the toilet where you want him to. You will also need to incentivize him to go on your terms, while deterring him from going inside on your floors. But with the right tasty motivator, you will soon be in control of his toilet routine.
If he’s a puppy, he should be particularly receptive. This means you could see results in just a week. However, if he’s older, with a history of toilet mishaps behind him, then you may need a while longer. It could take several weeks to see consistent results. Succeed and you’ll never have to gingerly walk downstairs in the morning again.
Before you start training, you will need to collect a few things. Stock up on tasty treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Some cleaning tools and spray will also be required. A short leash will also be needed.
Choose a spot you would like to be his potty. Then just set aside time at several points throughout the day to take him out.
Once you’ve got all that, just bring patience and some anti-bacterial spray, then work can begin!