Potty Problems

Photo by Keith Cannataro | www.mrhoni-photography.com

One of the most difficult challenges a dog owner may have to deal with is a problem with their dog’s potty training. From potty training an adult dog to dealing with marking or submissive urination, there are all kinds of potty problems that you might be facing with your dog.

The first thing to do if your dog is toileting inappropriately is to take her for a full medical check up to rule out any medical issues she might have.  If she is given a clean bill of health then the problem might be behavioral in nature.

Never punish your dog for having an accident inside your home.  It is important that your dog feels confident and able to toilet outdoors when you are present but if you have a history of punishing your dog when she has an accident indoors she will not toilet outdoors if you are there with her.

Never rub your dog’s nose in an accident. This will only cause your dog to fear you even more and she will not make the connection.

If you catch your dog in the act of toileting inside, issue a vocal interrupter and take her outside immediately. Encourage her to finish outside and praise her when she does so.

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