Solutions for dog housetraining problems
Step One: Understand the problem
It is very important that you work out the cause of your dog toileting issues. THis will make a solution easier to put in place. If the cause is physical, then medication may be required. If your dog dislikes wet weather, you may need to work on this.
Step Two: Vet check
You could spend months working on your dog’s behaviour only to find that there is a medical reason for their behaviour. Check with your vet prior to starting any behavioural therapy. You may need to collect a sample of urine for your vet to analyse. Blood test may also be necessary in some cases.
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Encourage through scent
f your dog toilets in an area of your garden which you find inappropriate, a deck or balcony or your children’s play areas for instance, you may be able to encourage them to go in your chosen spot by taking a little of their faeces to the desired spot. Again, accompany your dog to the area and praise them when they toilet there.
Step Three: Short-term management
The best form of management for the canine house-training problem is to keep your dog out of areas that their urination or defection is unwanted. Close doors in your home.
f there are particular spots within your home that your dog favours to toilet, close off the area if possible but if this is not an option, put some food in those spots and get down on the floor and play or pat your dog there. If your dog views this area as a living spot, they are less likely to soil there.
Iyour dog has to toilet indoors or if you just cannot bear the thought of going out in the rain or the dark of night, you might like to provide an appropriate toileting spot within your apartment, house or boat.
You can place newspapers in their preferred spot or commercially available dog pee pads or a specially designed pet loo. Apartment living dogs and their owners may especially value the efficiency and aesthetic appearance of the modern varieties of portable dog toilets which usually consist of artificial grass and a container which collects urine and can be emptied in the toilet.
Poo eating (Copraphagia)
Poo-eaters need to be trained to leave poo well alone...
After a vet and dietary check to rule out any medical or nutritional issues, lead your dog up to poo and reward your dog for sitting, looking towards you. Give your dog a tasty treat.
Do this many, many times and your dog will find it more rewarding to focus on you and a treat than eat poo. Of course, you will need to be vigilant and pick up poo as often as you can.
Changing your dog’s diet to a quality biscuit diet, if not already giving this, may also help. With some dogs, adding fresh pineapple to their diet deters them from eating their own poo. Other remedies that people try, such as sprinkling chilli powder over the faeces, often simply acts as added seasoning which dogs attack with relish!