Potty training is one of the most important things you can train your pup to do. Not only will this help keep your home far cleaner and fresher smelling, but it teaches him to respect your home in the same manner as he would his den out in nature. Potty training a Schnauzer can be challenging at times, but just when you think you can't get any more frustrated, your pup will suddenly figure it all out and start begging you to take him outside, so he can take care of "business".
The idea is to teach your pup that at no time is going potty in the house acceptable and that the only place he is allowed to go potty is outside. This might seem like it would be simple, but no matter which method you choose to follow, you should be aware there are going to be accidents. Unless you actually catch your pup in the act, there is no point in punishing him for the mess, he will have no clue why you are upset with him. The best way to succeed with this training is to use positive reinforcement methods.
There are several things you can do to help the training process along, starting with carefully planning your training strategy. Proper planning is a vital part of any training program, as are supplying your pup with plenty of love, affection, exercise, and good quality food. Be aware that every dog has his or her own personality and you may have to adjust the training methods to suit. You will also need a few supplies, including:
In reality, the most important part of potty training your pup is your having enough patience and the willingness to work with your pup until he masters this skill.
Our dog is not house trained. We tried but our schedules become difficult at times. She sleeps in a cage and has a bed in there. It has enough space for her bed and one single training pad. However, she is playing with the pad and also pooping and peeing in there EVERYWHERE at different times of the day. When we first got her, she was not like this. She never went in her cage. What should be our next step?
Hello, In order for crate training to work the crate needs to be just large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and lay down. There also shouldn't be anything absorbent in there, especially a pee pad. She has essentially been trained due to circumstances to go potty in the crate. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the Exercise Pen method. The article mentions a litter box, but I suggest using a real grass pad instead, so that it more closely resembles grass outside. I suggest stopping pee pads because some dogs confuse pee pads with other fabric inside, like carpet and rugs. Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad (only purchase real grass ones - opposed to fake turf): https://www.amazon.com/DoggieLawn-Disposable-Potty-Real-Grass/dp/B00EQJ7I7Y/ref=asc_df_B00EQJ7I7Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309806233193&hvpos=1o8&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1534281773762755126&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=aud-645589642778:pla-572651300532&psc=1 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, i adopted my dog 2 weeks ago. He seems to be trained before because he does not pee or poop every where. We waits for me to take him either outside or does on 2 spots he chose inside the house. Whenever he pees, he holds it too much no matter if I take him outside morning and before going to bed. He waits almost 5 hours and then pees whenever he cant hold it anymore. Yet, i let him finish. After he is done, he knows he did something wrong because he did it inside so he goes and lays next to the door for me to clean. My schedule will baries starting June. How can I make him comfortable enough to let me know when he needs to pee? Also, I know whenever he wants to poop since he is walking around and following his tail but I still do not know when he really wants to pee.
Hello Arley, Check out the crate training method from the article linked below. I suggest strictly following that imethod ncluding the treats for going potty. If he seems afraid to go potty in front of you, then I suggest taking him on a long 15-35 ft leash (not retractable, length depending on his fear and how much space there is) and tossing larger treats over to him when he goes potty until he gets more comfortable going near you and you can gradually coil up more and more of the leash until you can use a 6 foot leash. Since he is older, take him potty every 3-4 hours when you are home (he should be able to hold it for longer in the crate if you work and he has to). Once he goes potty outside, give him two hours of supervised freedom out of the crate if you think his bladder is empty. After 2 hours put him back into the crate until time to take him potty again. Return him to the crate if he doesn't go potty when you take him outside. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He keeps peeing in the house and he won’t stop. If he keeps it up my parents said they will take him to the pound. Does this method work on 7 year olds in human years????
Hello Sally, I suggest crate training him for potty training. Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for him. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the smell and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. The method I have linked below was written for younger puppies, since your dog is older you can adjust the times and take him potty less frequently. I suggest taking him potty every 3 hours when you are home. After 1.5 hours (or less if he has an accident sooner) of freedom out of the crate, return him to the crate while his bladder is filling back up again until it has been 3 hours since his last potty trip. When you have to go off he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for 5-8 hours - less at first while he is getting used to it and longer once he is accustomed to the crate. Only have him wait that long when you are not home though, take him out about every 3 hours while home. You want him to get into the habit of holder his bladder between trips and not just eliminating whenever he feels the urge and you want to encourage that desire for cleanliness in your home - which the crate is helpful for. Less freedom now means more freedom later in life. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If he is not already used to a crate expect crying at first. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a food stuffed hollow chew toy to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. If he continues protesting for long periods of time past three days, you can use a Pet Convincer. Work on teaching "Quiet" but using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. If he disobeys your command and keep crying or stops but starts again, spray a small puff of air from the Pet convincer at his side through the crate while saying "Ah Ah" calmly, then leave again. If he stays quiet after you leave you can periodically sprinkle treats into the crate to reward his quietness. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Only use the unscented air from the Pet Convincers - don't use citronella, it's too harsh and lingers for too long so can be confusing. While home, you can also tether pup to you with a leash to prevent him from sneaking off to have an accident - this isn't quiet as effective as crate training but you can combine the two a bit if you want pup to be out of the crate a bit more while you are home. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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