I talk a lot about Potty Training in my blogs for a very important reason. As dog trainers, Robin and I have experienced many puppies and dogs being surrendered to shelters because the dog was “messing up the carpets” or “ruining the hardwood floors”. I am sorry, but these are not valid reasons to give up on your puppy or dog.
Potty Training is the first, big test that most of us “dog owners” experience when we bring our new canine family member home. Instead of teaching them Come, Sit, or Stay where you can practice for a while and initial failure isn’t a big deal; potty training is different. We need to get this behavior under control as quickly as possible or our lives and home will be in shambles.
We normally believe that it isn’t that big a deal. Take the dog out every few hours and them bring them back. Easy-peasy. We believe that there is something “magical” in our dog’s brain and bladder that tell them when and where to potty. No, that isn’t the case.
This brings us to the situation where we may have been working getting gout dog out for pottying and, low and behold, things are starting to work. He is starting to go outside. But then, he isn’t. We can’t figure out what happened from “success to failure”.
The problem is that we were getting lucky and were not being as focused on the situation as needed. We were going through some motions that happened to work. When they stopped working, we didn’t know how to adjust our actions to get things back on track.
This is where Robin and I can enter to help. When you take your dog out and they don’t go to the bathroom or you take them out, they go, and then go again when you bring them in; what’s the deal? We have a great dog training article that walks through the steps of what you should be doing and what you should be observing. Please read our dog training blog titled “Why Does My Dog Potty In The House As Soon As I Bring Him Inside”.