House training your dog
my dog is almost 2 years old and no matter what I have tried he still messes inside the house, any advice tips or tricks to get him to go outside would be a big help.
Don't rub his nose on it, usually this only makes your dog do the same but when you're not around.
The best way is to reward him when he goes outside. There are times when it's more likely he'll go to "toilet" which will help you decide when to take him out.
I have a hub about it, be glad to visit it http://cardozo7.hubpages.com/hub/Teach- … -as-toilet
If he was a puppy I would say take him outside every 30 minutes and wait until he did something. While he was "going" use a verbal prompt of your choice and reward him when he went. Really make a fuss. Eventually you can train them to go by using your verbal prompt.
As he is older, maybe going outside every 30 mins is a bit much. Do it after each meal, when he wakes up, etc. Still use the prompt and reward system.
At night, put newspaper down all over the floor. Gradually reduce the area covered by newspaper until there is just one sheet right by the door. Eventually do away with the newspaper.
If he is a boy and he is in tact, is he marking? May be it is a dominance/territory thing?
If it is just a pup, keep him a crate. Most dogs won't mess in their sleeping area. If it is a large crate, you'll need to put something in that he can't get across or he'll mess in the area that he doesn't sleep in.. At young ages they may need to be taken out as often as every 15 minutes to a half an hour until they get enough bladder control.
Reward him everytime he goes outside. Never scold him for accidents as a dog becomes completely confused and thinks going to the bathroom is wrong. Then he just won't do it in front of you.
As long as your dog is healthy there are a number of options, depending on your dog.
Which type of "messing" are you referring to? And what size/breed is your dog?
All these will determine your next step. For instance if you haven't tried crate training him yet, it is your best first option. See my hub on house-breaking for a detailed explanation of crate training.
If he is urinating inside, this is most likely because the scent is already there, and you will have to thoroughly clean your floors, carpets, etc., where he's urinated.
I've found gallons of "Nature's Miracle" is truly miraculous for cleaning urine scent. Expensive, but worth it. You would follow the indoor cleaning with a spray to use outside which will prompt him, through its scent, to "let down" his urine. Dogs cannot help but pee when they smell pee, it is a physical reaction.
If you have a small dog, there are indoor pee pads of all designs from grass-like to mats, which once you spray with the urine scent, work well. Then you can gradually move the pee pad outside. They are easy to clean off with a garden hose.
No matter what, if you want a predictably house-trained dog, you have to be committed and vigilant until the job is done. You simple can't slack on it, at all. It's a big job, and can take several months especially with an older dog, but worth once it's done. You have to watch your dog constantly. That's why the crate training is so great! In a properly-sized crate, your dog will not soil it and you can dash him out when you let him out. If your dog is large, outdoor kenneling is helpful in decent climates if you work all day and he is home alone.
That said, you have to limit the length of time he's in the crate, because eventually he won't be able to hold it and then once he soils the crate, crate training is out the window too.
Try these, let me know how it goes and as always, Good Luck and Good Dog!
thanks everyone i will try these until i find a solution your help has been much appreciated.....jimmy
Have you read my article on it? http://lauramatkin.hubpages.com/hub/Dogs-Like-Us If you have read it would you contact me directly? I need more information, Does he go in the same places? When your gone? Same room as you or does he walk out of the room? What kind of dog is it? That actually matters. Are you using a crate? Does he go in the crate? etc. I am a professional dog trainer, tell me everything you can think of about it and I can help.
I would first suggest an exam by the vet, a two year old dog that is not house clean raises a huge warning flag with me. Perhaps some health issues are the reason? Also what kind of breed is it, some are more difficult to house train than others. And, most importantly, what have you done regarding house training so far? What have you tried and for how long?
Due to getting a Professional State Certified Dog Trainer, through (CCPDT; Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) and doing my internship, I have to ask a couple of questions before consulting:
1. How often do you take you dog out a day?
2. How often does your dog "mess" in the house? More than 2x a day?
3. Does your dog have any emotional issues, such as anxiety, seperation anxiety, nervous issues. Fear issues.
4. What are all the things you do to prevent the messing in the house?
Of course it is hard to know over the internet without seeing the situation, however, I maybe able to help if you let me. You can message me on this site and answer these questions. No need to post on here.
By the way, I have 3 dogs of my own, I have an Austrilian Cattle Dog; mix, Austrilian Shepard; mix, and a Shepard; Mix. I also work at St. Huberts Shelter, so I have experence in this field. I am also in the study of Dog Behavior and Regular Training.
Please don't take this as a criticism, I remember having a my first dog at 14 and, know nothing about training. We all went through it for those of us who had dogs for the first time.
I look forward to hearing from you. I can help if you can message me with some answers.
Take him to the vet to make sure there is no underlying health issues. If he is healthy, put him outside if you catch him trying to go inside. Reward him when he manages to pee outside.
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