Baby its cold outside!
Do you WANT your dog to pee in the house?
Oh, come on, quit laughing. Some people DO. They live in an apartment with lots of stairs between here and down there. They have a tiny dog who ‘doesn’t go much’. They just want to paper train their dogs. They use newspapers, potty pads, those new ‘pee here’ pieces of equipment.
Doesn’t matter. It all works out the same. IF you have a small dog and that’s what you want. This doesn’t work for Huskeys. Or Labs or rotties or…well – you wouldn’t have gotten a dog that worked with if you didn’t want it, right?
One – name your spot. When you go outside, I call it…outside. When in the house, I call it Papers. Either way, you let your dog walk to the same spot all the time. I’ve seen people with papers all over the house. So the wherever the dog pees, we can catch it. Good in theory. Not so good in practice. Once you pick up the papers by the end table – will he know to stop?
Don’t give your dogs that much credit for smarts.
One spot. Confine your dog to that area. Teach them the name “papers” or “pee” or whatever feels good to you. Get his attention. Throw a treat there – Papers! So he runs to get the treat. Its a Game!
Take him there on your schedule, saying the same words. We want this dog thinking he knows How to get there, and what to do once he does. So we take him there on his schedule. We hold him there with the leash and we tell him what we want “Hurry up” “Go potty” whatever. and if that happens we praise and reward with treats.
We also send him there on his own. “Papers!” “Potty!” and throw a treat – send him.
This is the same thing you do for an outside peeing dog. You think the same place, the same time, the same words, the treat for going, the same schedule.
I’ve had people act as if puppy pads or papers in the corner of one room was a bad thing. Just like cat litter boxes, no. Its Not bad. You just have to clean up after them, teach them what you want and hey – you Might be the smart one. Not standing outside when its zero and sleeting!