You love your dog, but you can’t help but get the feeling he loves you even more. I mean if he follows you around the house everywhere you go, toilet included, then well, he’s a big fan. While you normally don’t mind him being needy, things are getting a little out of hand. For example, you can’t go to sleep without him wanting to be in your bed. If you don’t let him in your bed, he just whines outside the door until you let him in.
Training him to stay downstairs will afford you some privacy. Also, it will prevent him developing separation anxiety. If he can’t learn to spend any time without you, he will be miserable when you leave him to go to work.
Training him to stay downstairs is thankfully pretty straightforward. The first thing to do is take a number of steps to prevent him coming upstairs. Then you can focus on using obedience commands and incentives to keep him downstairs. If you can give him everything he needs downstairs, upstairs will no longer enter his mind. Then once you’ve trained him to stay downstairs, you can remove the deterrence measures.
If he’s a puppy you will see the quickest results. This is because he is still learning what is and isn’t acceptable and should respond well to training. You may need just a week. If he’s older and always had access to upstairs, then you may need up to a month. Get this training right and you won’t have muddy paw prints on your upstairs carpets anymore!
Before you can begin training, you will need a few bits. Some baby gates to put across the stairs to start with will be needed. A deterrence collar and a water spray bottle will be required.
You will also need a decent stockpile of treats. These will be used to motivate your dog during training. Try and find 10 minutes each day to train, at a time where you won’t be distracted by a noisy house.
Once you have all those boxes ticked, just bring patience and optimism, then work can begin!