As a dog owner, you probably already know the hassle of trying to potty train your pup. Most of us have had to deal with more than our fair share of puddles and piles. The answer to this is to potty train your pup to go outside. This is something most dog owners do as one of the first things they teach their pup. But, what do you do when you have to leave your pup alone for more hours than he can possibly hold it? One way to overcome this problem is to train your pup to use indoor grass as his potty.
You can use indoor grass both as one place he can use the toilet indoors without being scolded for it and to create an outdoor spot that is all his own. One that will help keep the rest of your lawn green and looking its best. The hard part comes in training your pup to use the fake grass when he has been trained not to go in the house and has become used to having his run of the backyard.
The thing about teaching your dog to use indoor grass as his toilet is not just that you are training him that he can go inside, but also that he can only do so in one place. This is what makes the training so challenging since when you first potty trained your pup, your only concern was that he go outside instead of inside.
The one thing you need to keep in mind is that once you have chosen a spot for his piece of indoor grass, it needs to stay there. Moving it around will only confuse him and make training him to use it that much more difficult. This training could take a few weeks for your pup to master completely, so be patient, work with him, and be sure to praise and reward him when he gets it right.
The best time to teach your dog to use indoor grass is when it is quiet with few, if any, distractions. You should already have decided where you are going to place this "indoor potty" ahead of time. Preferably, choose a spot in your home with a tile, linoleum, or stone floor as these will be easier to clean up. Other than this, you will need a few supplies, including:
The rest is up to you, all you have to do is be ready to put in the time and effort. Your pup is an intelligent animal and is always open to learning new things. Take advantage of this and never, never punish your dog when he makes a mistake.
Hello! I am getting a puppy next week and had an important question. I have bought a indoor grass potty and have put it inside my pups playpen. I plan my pup to use the grass potty when I’m not home during August. While I’m home during the summer, I would like my puppy to go outside. Now my question is, will it understand that it has 2 bathrooms?
Hello Reba, As long as the grass potty smells and looks like what he is peeing on outside and not like your carpet, then he should understand. Expect him to go on the grass inside more often if you leave the grass potty down for him all the time. Once he is used to peeing outside and you remove the grass potty inside, then he should start to go potty only outside. A good way to transition him to that with fewer accidents, is to gradually move the grass potty closer and closer to the door to go outside, and then finally put it outside, so that he will realize that the indoor potty is now outside also. To make the grass smell like the outdoors, you can either add real grass or dirt to it, or you can spray a potty encouraging spray onto the grass to make it smell like a toilet to him. These sprays are usually called something like "Puppy Training Spray", "Go Here", or "Hurry Spray. Enjoy your new puppy Mill! Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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