Some dogs – old and young, big and small – love to potty in the house, and some breeds are more apt to do it than others. Whether you have a stubborn Shih-Tzu or a genius Labrador, if your pet is into the habit of going to the bathroom on your beautiful white carpet something must be done.
Here are 5 quick tips to help you get your pet to stop pottying and pooping on your carpet today.
1. Use a TevraPet Puddle Pad. We have developed the trick behind an effective training pad and it includes six layers of protection, a unique attractant, an antibacterial barrier and an extra-absorbent core. With a TevraPet Puddle Pad, there is no leakage involved. Your pet will be attracted to the pad and not to random places around your home. You can even train your pet to go outside with the convenience of a Puddle Pad. Read our most recent article that includes a six step plan to get your pet going outside in no time.
2. Offer praise and rewards more frequently. A dog loves to be praised! A recent study found that many pet trainers offer four times the amount of praise that a pet owner would while teaching their pup a new command or task. When your dog does his business, be overly generous with the love and affection. This is an excellent way to show you appreciate what he or she just did. If you think you are praising enough, praise more. This leads us to tip number three.
3. Watch your dog like a hawk. In order to catch your dog doing his business and to offer the essential praise he needs, you must be watching him like a hawk. Keep him in your line of sight at all times when he is roaming about. As soon as he does his business properly, offer praise and even a treat. Let him know he has pleased you. If he attempts to relieve himself some place he should not, make a loud noise or something to startle him. Then place him directly on the pad or where you want him to go to the bathroom.
4. Get them on a schedule. Offer your pet food on a consistent schedule. He or she will need to go potty and/or poop about 20 minutes after eating or drinking a large amount. Get them on a schedule and it could make life a lot easier for your furry friend (not to mention for YOU).
5. Set a plan in motion and stick with it. Whatever you decide to do, be consistent with your plan. Changing up the plan or the praise can confuse your dog. Remember that younger dogs might not be able to hold their urine or bowels until they are after 16 weeks of age. That’s where the Puddle Pad comes in. The more patient and observant you are, the better.