Housetraining Your Rescue Dogs BC - Some Tips
Hey everyone, this post is a bit longer than most, but so important for new caretakers of pups. If you are the fortunate recipient of a new furry family member, or a rescue dogs bc, then check here, and other places to get the lowdown on this tricky subject.
The hard part about housetraining Indy was sticking to the guidelines outlined here. I’m just too much of a softy. But if you stick to these guidelines, over time, your puppy rescue will be trained eventually.
Puppies do best on a regular schedule. The schedule teaches them that there are times to eat, times to play and times to do their business. Generally speaking, a puppy can control their bladder one hour for every month of age. So if your puppy is four months old, they can hold it for about four hours. Don't go longer than this between bathroom breaks or they’re guaranteed to have an accident. When we got Indy, he would pee every 2 hrs, inside, outside, carpet, flooring, it really didn’t matter where he was, it just mattered WHEN. And if it was time to go, he went, haha. We learnt our lesson fast that you simply need to take him outside when his hr is up and it’s most likely pee time. You need to make sure you take him out often, no matter what your schedule is, this is especially true with a dog rescue Canada through foster care bc. Doesn’t matter if you are sleeping, if it’s in the middle of the night, you set your damn alarm clock every 2 hrs, take him out and make sure he pees and this will help in the long run with peeing inside and learning to ONLY pee outside. If your dog was in foster care bc you might be lucky and they might come partially potty trained.
Now, when your dogs for adoption bc is outside, you need to let him pick a spot that he likes to go to the bathroom at. Then, and always take your puppy (on a leash) to that spot. While your puppy is relieving themselves, try using a specific word or phrase that you can eventually use before they go to remind them what to do. Take them out for a longer walk or some playtime only after they have eliminated. ‘Good pee’ or good boy work well with positive reinforcement that he did a good thing by going pee in his usual spot outside.
Reward your puppy every time they eliminate outdoors. Praise or give treats—but remember to do so immediately after they’ve finished, not after they come back inside. This step is vital, because rewarding your dog for going outdoors is the only way to teach what's expected of them. Before rewarding, be sure they’re finished. Puppies are easily distracted and if you praise too soon, they may forget to finish until they’re back in the house. I have seen this funny mishap lots in foster care bc.
Remember positive reinforcement trumps negative reinforcement in effectiveness and also long term phsychological development. Did you learn from the mean elementary school teacher? Or did you learn AND ENJOY the fun, positive one?