Potty training is one of the crucial aspects of house training. If you are getting a senior dog this is one of the first things you must train them in.
Rule out any underlying medical issues first
Before starting potty training, consult your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issues that may be causing accidents. Senior dogs are more prone to health problems that can affect their ability to control their bladder.
Whether puppy or senior dog, every dog needs a
Dogs thrive on routines. Set a consistent schedule for feeding, walking, and bathroom breaks. This helps your senior dog predict when they'll have the opportunity to go outside.
A designated place to do business is crucial
Designate a specific area in your yard where you want your dog to do their business. Consistency in location helps your dog associate that spot with bathroom time.
Same schedule as puppies
Take your senior dog outside frequently, especially after meals, naps, and playtime. Older dogs may need to go more often, so be prepared to make more trips outside.
Every change in behavior must be noted
Pay attention to your dog's behavior. Look for signs like sniffing, circling, or whining, which may indicate they need to go out.
Never punish your dog for accidents
When your senior dog goes potty outside, praise and reward them with treats or affection. Positive reinforcement helps reinforce good behavior.
Accidents must be cleaned quickly
If your dog has an accident inside, clean it up immediately with an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate odors. Dogs may return to the same spot if they can still smell their scent.
Helps with bladder control
Consider using crate training, especially if your senior dog is having trouble controlling their bladder. Dogs generally won't soil their sleeping area, so the crate can help with bladder control.
Always keep an eye on your dog's diet
Be mindful of your dog's diet, as some foods can lead to more frequent urination. Consult with your vet about an appropriate diet for your senior dog's needs.
Patience is key
Potty training takes time, and senior dogs may have different challenges than puppies. Stay patient, and don't punish your dog for accidents. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key.
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