House Training Mistake #6: Scaring your dog!
When some people catch their dog having an accident inside the house, they will clap their hands, yell, or make noises to startle the dog and make it stop. All this accomplishes is making your dog afraid of going to the bathroom in front of you. Not only will this make it more difficult to teach her to go outside, but it will also make her avoid you instead of signaling that she needs to go potty. In the future, she will just hide her accidents better instead of not having them.
House Training Mistake #7: Misunderstanding your dog!
A common belief about accidents is that the dog is defying your authority. This is obviously not true. Accidents are not an act of rebellion and do not require scolding, hitting, shaming, yelling, or other punishments. This will only hurt your dog. Accidents are merely a matter of instinct and metabolism. You wouldn’t scold a baby for using their diaper or punish a toddler who had an accident, so why would you do the same to your puppy? Additionally, accidents may not even be a behavioral problem, but rather a growing medical problem, such as diarrhea or stomach issues. Instead of punishing the dog or leaving it outside, you should contact your vet. Other issues such as submissive urination, excited urination, or urine marking are unrelated to house training and need to be dealt with differently.
House Training Mistake #8: Forcing the dog to go against her natural instincts!
One grey area with house training is confinement. While confinement can be used to ensure that if your puppy has an accident, it will be in a “safe” area where you can easily clean it up, you still need to interact with your puppy regularly. Confining the dog to a “safe” area should not be a method of abandonment and should not be a place you can keep the dog while you go run errands. This can ruin all previous training by forcing the dog to use the potty in the house and going against their natural instinct to not soil their den.
House Training Mistake #9: Relying on a boarding and training facility!
A few people believe they can send their dog to a boarding and training facility and the dog will return housebroken. That does not work. In a boarding facility, the dog is kept in a crate. They take the dog out for a while, put her back in the crate, take her out for a bit, put her back, etc. This doesn’t teach the dog anything about not using the bathroom in your house and it doesn’t teach you how to handle house training. It also won’t solve any issues such as urine marking or submissive urinating. House training your dog is your responsibility and you must be the one to teach your puppy.
House Training Mistake #10: Forcing your puppy to go potty on a schedule!
Many people assume their puppy will go potty according to their schedule. Obviously, this isn’t true. Your puppy needs to go potty when it has to go potty, just like you do. When the dog is an adult and has been fully house trained (somewhere around 1 to 2 years old) and can control her bladder and bowel movements, then you can try to put her on a schedule that is more convenient for you.
We hope that this article helps you avoid making mistakes while trying to house train your puppy and helps your puppy to reach her house training goals faster, while keeping the relationship between you and your puppy unmarred by unnecessary punishments.
If you want to make sure you have totally mastered house training techniques, read our complete guide on house training a puppy.