If a dog is house-trained, it has learned to suppress its urination in the living area and does this only when going for a walk.
Dogs, outside of their walk, can alert their owners by their behavior that they "need".
Especially young or very old dogs have physical difficulties to cover long periods between walks, which must be taken into account.
Depending on the training measures, the dog’s housetraining can also extend to your own garden or the garden of others.
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When should I start to housebreak my dog??
Cleanliness training begins when the new four-legged family member moves in.
Dogs are very clean animals and instinctively avoid contaminating their eating, living or sleeping places.
Therefore, it is up to the attention of the owner to not let this happen in the first place and to prevent this by short walk intervals and a mindful eye.
Even when you get an adult dog, it is sometimes necessary to teach him where he can do his business.
Dogs generally show by increased sniffing, turning in circles or restless behavior, that they need to get loose. Therefore, you should be prepared right at the beginning and keep an eye on the dog at every turn and never leave puppies unsupervised. If you have acquired a puppy, it is important to keep in mind that a puppy is not housebroken until it is 4 years old. Lebensmonat approximately, purely developmentally, is not yet able to comply with. With a puppy it is important that you make so short walk intervals that he does not have to indicate his need at all, because it is then usually already too late and he on the way out a long trace of his left behind drags itself.
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I can use these methods with the puppy
A puppy cannot consciously control his bladder until he is about 4 months old, so it’s best not to let him out of your sight at all, and for that z.B. Block off a small area in the living room for him.
For puppies, the rule of thumb is that they can keep per month of life, about one hour, According to which the walking intervals are determined. By default, they must have the opportunity to relieve themselves after each awakening, eating, exuberant romp or sleep, and therefore, regardless of the walking intervals, you should then go with them outside the door as a precaution.
It is important during every walk to reinforce every single success in a positive way, by praising and/or giving treats.
Use it every time you wean the puppy.B. the the command "go wee wee, this can condition the puppy in the long term to do its business on command (this can be z.B. can be very useful on long car journeys when you can only take short breaks).
In addition, an emergency toilet should be available just in case.
A shallow rectangular bowl lined with newspaper will do the trick.
Should nevertheless times a mishap z.B. If the puppy does not go to the toilet on the carpet, it should not be scolded or punished – it should be cleaned without comment with an odor neutralizing cleaner, because dogs tend to defecate in places that smell of their urine.
However, if you catch the puppy during this, a loud "No!" or "Fie!".
At night, it is a good idea to enclose the puppy in a dog crate or set up his night camp in a large cardboard box. Since dogs instinctively want to avoid soiling their sleeping place, they make themselves known by whining or scratching. Now you have to go with him as soon as possible outside the door.
The aid spray
So-called house-training sprays are aids that are intended to help the owner to train their dog to be house-trained.
These products are used on z.B. Newspaper, laid out in a low tub, to help out in an emergency, or sprayed on an absorbent, leak-proof pad in the apartment. This should help the puppy to do its business exactly in the place that the owner has designated for it.
You let the puppy sniff it, so that it memorizes the smell and then place it in the designated place.
Depending on the manufacturer, the spray can also be used outdoors and can possibly accelerate weaning there. For longer-term success of cleanliness training, however, going outside the door with the puppy at all times and consistently is a must.
Which dogs are easier to housebreak?
The breed of dog does not play a role in the topic of cleanliness training, rather, depending on the age of the dog, you face different challenges.
In the puppy age it is surely most complex, however young dogs learn very fast and get used to routine daily routines.
With regard to the physical development of a puppy, however, the training phase takes much longer until it can safely comply even for several hours.
Puppies cannot consciously control urination until they are 12 weeks old and also have a very small bladder.
With older dogs, consistent training combined with proactive observation of his behavior can lead to faster results.
If there are dogs that are not house trained?
Especially young dogs urinate when they are happy or when they are scared.
Especially when greeting, some dogs tend to lose urine. They thereby signal their submissiveness in addition to their excitement.
But with additional training you can also get these flaws under control. However, if the problem persists, the dog should be examined by a veterinarian, as there may also be medical reasons for incontinence.
These can then be treated with medication.
Is it still possible to housebreak an older dog??
Even an older dog that is not yet housebroken or not completely housebroken when acquired can be accustomed to only relieving itself at the door through intensive and consistent training.
Purely physically, he can also consciously keep several hours.
By specifically and consistently observing his behavior, the owner must sensitize himself to recognize how the dog is signaling his need.
This can turn out to be quite subtle.
The goal of the training is to avoid any mishaps in the living area, if possible, and to go out the door with the dog already at the slightest signs.
Here’s how to house train even an older dog without any problems.
What can be the causes that a dog loses its houseliness again?
Some female dogs and male dogs alike, through the natural aging process, can lose the Urinate no longer control.
Since dogs are very clean animals, they definitely suffer from this as they instinctively avoid doing their business near their living area even in puppyhood.
In addition, an operation such as z.B. the castration of a bitch, be causal for incontinence, because of hormonal changes, urine can no longer be maintained. In rare cases, a disorder in the peripheral nervous system, can also lead to urinary incontinence.
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These books can help you
GU Animal Special: So simply goes dog education -Katharina Schlegl-Kofler
Puppy training: The 8 week training plan for puppies – Katharina Schlegl-Kofler
Every dog can be housebroken: so it also works with the cleanliness – Dr. Katrin Voigt
Puppy training for beginners: The art of dog training – How to properly train and housebreak your puppy without stress by Martina Engl