How great would it be if your big dog used the toilet, the same as you and the rest of the family! Especially if you could train him to put the seat down and flush. He might be the best-trained member of the family!
If you have a large dog, picking up large... err… parcels left in the yard is probably not your favorite dog-related chore. It’s gross and smelly! If you cannot get your dog outside all the time because you have to be away at work, or have mobility issues, cleaning up indoor potty business on newspapers and puppy pads from a large dog can be especially unpleasant. How much better if your dog could just flush it away!
We are all familiar with cats using litter boxes and some cats have been trained to use a toilet too, what about your dog? Although dogs are not as fastidious about their potty habits as cats, they can be trained to use the toilet too, and with large dogs that do not require steps or special adaptations to reach the toilet, the training process can be simpler. At least your big dog should not be afraid to fall in the toilet! The two keys to training your dog toilet use are rewards and supervision.
To teach a dog to use a toilet you will need to teach your dog several skills, and then thread them together for successful toilet use. You will need to train your dog to go potty on command, to target objects, eventually moving to a litter box or container that can substitute for the toilet during training. Your dog will need to learn to be comfortable jumping up on the toilet; this may involve teaching your dog to use a stool to jump up on the toilet, or providing a platform or child's seat for more stability at first. Eventually you will string these behaviors together to teach your dog to position himself over the toilet, after jumping on the seat and balancing, and then to relieve himself. Some enterprising owners have even taught their dogs to flush the toilet and put the seat down!
Ok so my puppy here was really good at going outside to potty no messes in the house for about 2 months or so now he's going alot in the house and excelly at night he dosent wait for me to wake up and take him anymore plus he's chewing up everything again how do I break him oh this
Hello Cassie, First, you need to stop the accidents by managing his freedom when he is not being supervised. To do that he needs to be crate trained and crated at night and when no one can watch him. Crating him for a while at this age can result in years of freedom out of the crate. Not crating a young dog when they can't be supervised can result in a dog who stays destructive and has to be crated for much longer, so in the end crating him now will result in more freedom for him later, not to mention keeping him safe from chewing and potentially eating something. Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below to get him used to the crate: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate At night, whenever you take him outside to go potty and he doesn't go, or when you can't supervise him he needs to be crated to stop the accidents. Once the accidents are stopped, work on telling him to "Go Potty" when you take him outside, and give a couple of small treats or pieces of dog food after he goes potty if he goes, to teach him what Go Potty means and motivate him to potty outside. Clean up any new or old accident areas with a cleaner that contains enzymes. Look on the pet cleaner bottle for the word enzyme or enzymatic. Only enzymes will remove the pee or poop smell completely for a dog's sensitive nose and any remaining potty smell will encourage him to go potty there again - which we don't want. For the chewing, the crating is important to stop him from developing a bad long-term habit of chewing things he should and to keep him safe, but when you are supervising him you can also work on commands like Leave It and make sure he has interesting chew toys to chew instead. When he is in the crate, you can put a hollow Kong filled with dog food in the crate with him to teach him to like his own toys and to keep him entertained. Check out the article linked below for more details on dealing with chewing habits: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ https://wagwalking.com/training/not-chew-on-furniture Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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