Fear and Force Free Training
The Grange Retreat subscribes to fear and force free training methods. This means that we do not subscribe to punishing pets for behaviours we dislike, instead we believe in rewarding our pets for good behaviours to re-enforce them.
What shouldn't I do when my dog toilets in the house?
Okay let's lay out some common responses and why they are not appropriate or effective.
What should I do when my dog toilets in the house?
If you are able to catch your dog in the act or about to toilet, distract your dog with something positive such as 'come' and try to interrupt their process and instead take them to the required toileting spot. Your puppy will make mistakes, this is all part of their learning process, you have to accept this and continue the praise when they do things correctly. Remember never to punish your puppy.
When you clean up the area ensure that the product you use is safe for your pets. There are products on the market called odour eliminators which you can dilute with water to ensure that the smell is completely removed. This will prevent your dog from claiming a 'toilet spot' in the house because they can smell that they have used it before.
What should I do when my dog toilets in correct place?
Okay, now we've got past the faux pas let's look at the available options for training.
How do I get my Puppy to toilet in the correct place to start with?
Here is a 'To Do' list to start your puppy toilet training:
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