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How to teach the puppy to do his needs away from home

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Has the dog made his needs inside the house? Know that you are not the only one: one in five homemade dogs ever urinates or poops inside the house. The motives? From a lack of learning to not having detected what is your favorite toilet. But there are also reasons such as canine stress and some diseases. This article explains why dogs do their needs inside the home and they give six tricks to stop doing it: from using enzymatic cleaners to using rich edible prizes when he does it where he should.

Have you found urine or feces from the dog inside the house? Take a deep breath and breathe, because it is not the only dog. According to a study by the University of Illinois (USA), one out of every five home dogs needs to be housed in the home. "The reasons are varied: from canine stress or psychological reasons, to medical problems that a veterinarian should treat, "explains animal behavior expert Kelly Ballantyne, accustomed to dealing with these problems daily at her hospital.

1. My dog ​​does his needs at home: how do I teach him not to do it?

Dogs, like people, need time and patience to learn. Therefore, puppies need a learning period to know where they can do their needs. "This period of learning lasts about eight weeks: Only after a dog has spent two months without peeing or pooping inside the house can we finish his apprenticeship, "adds Ballantyne.

And not everything is knowing how to educate dogs. Also, remember that dogs, like people, have their own tastes. And these preferences explain why some choose certain floors or substrates to make their needs instead of others: there are Dogs that love to use the lawn as their canine toilet, while others will be more comfortable in the sand, tile flooring or wood. The crux is to understand that this canine taste for certain surfaces develops around eight weeks of life. That is why you have to start your training as soon as possible, and always during your puppy stage.

And the same happens when an adopted dog comes home. "The dog must know where he is, where to go to eat, drink or fulfill his needs," says the National Association Friends of Animals. Patience and time are important guidelines for educating an adopted adult dog.

Where to start The first thing is to choose what the canine area or toilet will be, and make sure that it is close when the dog wants to do his needs during the walk. "In addition, to make things simpler, it is convenient to set a meal schedule: this will make it easier to know when the dog needs to go out and go to his canine toilet area," concludes a study from Brown University (USA). ).

2. Will the dog be sick?

When a dog does his needs inside the house, be it urine or solid excrement, the main thing is to know what happens to him. The vet can help: you will have a test to rule out that it is a gastroenteritis, because the can Eaten something I shouldn't have, or a more serious medical problem.

Even diseases such as canine Alzheimer's disease, the cognitive dysfunction syndrome that causes the elderly dog ​​to give up, has losses of memory and becomes disoriented, they also explain many times why a dog urinates and poops inside the home.

Other ailments They can determine why this animal makes its needs at home include internal parasites, an infection, an intolerance or food allergy and even an intestinal disease.

3. Does the dog suffer stress?

But stress, excessive excitement and even the so-called separation anxiety of the dog are other frequent causes for which many dogs urinate and defecate inside the house.

The separation anxiety It is an exacerbated fear of loneliness and estrangement from his human family. Animals that suffer from this behavior disorder bark, scratch the doors, smash the cushions and also make their needs at home.

In addition, experts comment that there are some breeds more likely to make their needs inside the home than others. This problem especially affects smaller breeds, beagle dogs and even hounds.

4. Keep calm and think positive!

The guideline to ensure that the dog does not urinate and poop inside the house is to remain calm, and never punish him (much less, treat him aggressively). The dog is not mortifying his human, but has a problem and needs your help. Punishing him will only increase his stress. The dog is his friend, he loves him. For him its owner is the most important. Building a good friendship with the dog is essential, especially when you have not finished your period of learning or adaptation to the house.

What needs to be done instead of punishment? The key is to use positive reinforcement! That is to say, Offer a small and rich edible prize to the dog when you make your needs outside the home, in the right place. A much more fun way to treat a friend and get him to learn to do his needs where he should!

5. Does the dog do his needs at home? Cleaning!

What else? Keep the dog away from the place where he has left his needs At home it works. And to that task will contribute the fences of babies or other obstacles that prevent their access to the marked area.

"Also, you have to clean the area marked thoroughly: cleaning will eliminate odors and prevent the dog from relating the place to what happened, "says Ballantyne. Enzymatic cleaners, specially created to remove stains of organic origin, will be helpful, as they are more effective for end up with excrement stains Cleaning, however, should not be reduced to the stained area, but should be extended over a larger area in order to ensure that the room is completely clean.

6. Does the dog mark the house with urine? Sterilize your friend!

Sterilizing dogs is very important. Not only does it avoid litters of homeless puppies, it also prevents certain types of cancer. But, in addition, it is convenient to know that A male sterilized can is less likely to use his urine as a tool for marking "his territory".

The dog-marking urine, as in the case of cats, is expelled against vertical, visible and more efficient walls to spread their odorous signals around the environment. "Sterilizing the male dog is the most effective way to reduce the urine marking, since eight out of ten sterilized dogs never mark again," the veterinarian adds.

What do I do to teach my puppy to do his needs on his site?

Well, the first thing we have to keep in mind is that dogs are clean by nature.

What you hear ... (Well, in this case, what you read.)

The mother is the great teacher for the puppies, she is responsible for cleaning the little ones during the first weeks, with her tongue stimulates the belly to pee and pet and clean them.

After a few weeks, when the puppies are already able to do their needs for themselves, at first they do it where they get caught because they still neither regulate nor are conscious, but the mother once again keeps the curtain clean where they “eat” and sleep .

As they grow a little more, and the puppies already walk (awkwardly) and play with each other, they gradually understand that "their things" have to make them as far away as possible from where they sleep and eat.

The mother continues to keep the entire area clean.

All this learning flows without punishment, grunts or scolding on the part of the mother ... is done in the most natural way possible.

The puppy is learning.

As you can see, if the puppy has the opportunity to be clean, it will be.

And when I say being clean, I mean that unless I have no choice because we give it no choice, it will always make your needs away from where you eat and sleep.

But for all of the above to be accomplished, the puppy must have spent enough time with the mother (minimum 2 months), and of course in good condition.

Well, once at home we should follow the mother's steps a little, that is, teach her without punishment or reprimands where she has to do her little things.

This is very important. Please do not quarrel with your puppy for something he still does not know how to do, it is very unfair.

Teach him.

I'm going to tell you a secret…

Many puppies, mine and those of some clients have passed through my house. None has peeled inside the house almost never, at most 1 or 2 because of my lack of confidence.

And why do I say dismiss?

Because if we have the opportunity to be very aware of our puppy when he is at home, we can identify those moments before the pee and poop.

And be careful, I don't only get it at home.

I have had clients that following my instructions carefully, their puppy has not made a single pee at home (for the account he brought them because they were bothered by the parquet).

So yes, you can easily teach the puppy, but it will depend on some things like:

    If it is a house with a garden or a flat Schedule that passes only Age of separation from the mother

House or flat?

If you have a house with a garden, it is extremely easy to teach your puppy to do his needs outside the house, starting with the garden (earth or grass), and it will be easier for you to make the passage to the street.

If you live in an apartment, the thing is complicated a bit more, because you will have to start with a specific place in the house by putting newspaper or soakers, and then make the transition to the street, that is, a very confusing double step for the puppy.

Because we are teaching him that he has to do his needs at home, we reward him and do “the dance of joy” when he does it in his place (but remember, inside the house), and then many people quarrel because he does it in home when they want me to do it outside.

In these cases, patience, please.

Even so, if you live in a low you have it easier than if you live in a room without an elevator, it is evident.

You may wonder why I emphasize houses, flats, low floors, etc ... and this is going to condition you a lot on how quickly you can get the puppy to do his things when you see that he intends to do so.

And then there is the issue of vaccines, many people can be a little scared to take the puppy to pee in the street without all the vaccines put in, but with care and caution of where we take it, we can go taking it out, even if to the sidewalk with a soaker and then climb.

The theme is to create the habit in the puppy.

Many hours away from home?

It is evident that if you enter a puppy home and you are out 6h or 8h, it is inevitable that it pee and poop where it suits him. You can not take more than 2 hours without peeing.

Here you will have to have a lot of patience, and maybe meditate if it is really necessary to have a puppy if you are going to spend so many hours alone.

Well, once seen this, There are a number of crucial moments that we must take into account to anticipate the puppy and take it to his toilet (remember, garden, soaking, sidewalk, etc.), and they are:

  1. Just up in the morning: if you control this good morning pee you will have many steps won, and you have it easy. It just has to be your priority even before you wash your face. The first, the puppy.

Wake up in the middle of the night: here I recognize that you have to be a light sleeper to realize that the puppy has woken up to take it immediately to his toilet.
This is also of extreme importance.

With the puppies that have been going through the house, everyone slept in my room with me, and when I heard that they woke up in the middle of the night (I didn't care if it was 2 or 4 in the morning), I took them out to the garden or in front from my house.

My priority was that they never had the opportunity to pee inside the house, but it costs much more.

Once pee or poop, sleep again. Realize that if your puppy wakes up and gets up in the middle of the night, it is because he wants to do something, but they sleep the whole night.

I know it may cost to get up at that time, but whoever wants something, something costs him.

DO NOT go to sleep without taking out or taking the puppy to do his last needs of the night. This will condition point 2.

Take it out every 2 hours: take it to the garden or your toilet every two hours (as long as it has between 2 and 3 months), and you will be extending half an hour for every month that it meets.

After intense games: the puppy after playing in an "intense" way, either with you or with other dogs in the house, it is very possible to pee. Be very attentive and take it to your toilet.

When he wakes up from each daytime nap: puppies sleep about 20 hours a day spread over several naps during the day. Every time you wake up from one of them, take it to the toilet.

About 20-30 min after meals: the puppy should eat at least 3 times a day. After 20-30 min of each shot, take it to your toilet and wait for it to poop, it is very possible that it will.

  • Watch your body language: the puppy, especially if he is going to make a pet, often turns around himself several times while sniffing the ground. If you are very aware of him you can anticipate and take him to his toilet.
  • Really, if you follow these steps, in a very short time your puppy will have learned to do his needs in his toilet.

    If you had to teach him first at home, then you have to transition to the street. This part can be more expensive than the first, since the puppy, as I told you before, has learned (because you have taught him that way), that his needs have to be done at home.

    Remember… you have rewarded him for it.

    At first you will see that very possibly the puppy when he starts his first outings, do nothing outside and wait to do them at home. I repeat: it is what you have taught him, do not quarrel.

    Here you have to have a lot of patience, and what you can do is that even if you go out in pajamas, take advantage of that first pee in the morning. You can even take the soaker to the street so that it associates its needs with the street.

    And to the one who does the first, a lot of prize (I prefer verbal, game, etc., before food). You should be proud to have peed there.

    The rest you know ...Patience and perseverance.

    How to teach them how to do their needs INSIDE home

    If we need to teach our dog to do his needs in a specific place in the house, we must practice two techniques simultaneously, the relationship of smell and positive reinforcement.

    We should always put in the same place, a place that is available to the dog at all times, newspaper papers or a soaper, something that has a characteristic smell for the dog.

    When the dog pees outside that place we will ignore him, but when he does there we will reward him and give him many pampering. It's the way to let the dog know that he did well.

    With a little patience and perseverance, we will get our dog to always pee in the same place.

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