5 Tips To Prevent Bathroom Accidents
With Your Assistance Dog In Training
Are you raising a brand new assistance puppy or therapy dog? You've got mostly the potty training thing down, but every once in awhile, you're still having an accident here and there inside your house. If, so this is the article for you. When we go over five different tips to decrease and limit those accidents in the house.
Hey, if this is the first time we're meeting, I'm Dogtor Emerald with Working Canine Club. And my mission is to give tips and tools to anyone raising an assistance or therapy dog through online sources. In this assistance dog training article, we're going to go over five tips to help decrease the number of accidents you're puppy will have in your house.
Now there's a lot of things that you can do for potty training, but it's all about kind of what I would consider like the cleanup stuff around, just making sure that your dog really has it clear in their mind that they're supposed to go to the bathroom outside rather than inside.
Potty training is extremely important for a dog training to be either an assistance dog or therapy dog, because well, as part of the public access test, if your dog is taking that they can't have any accidents indoors, as well as if you're not getting that public access test, but you're still going into facilities. It's just, you know, a good practice that makes sure that your dog doesn't have those types of accidents.
So we're going to go through five different tips in order to help you along the way, so you don't have to be stressing about that, especially as your dog is going through their training, and doing a lot of socialization in different public venues.
Tip #1: If you're not 100% focused on your puppy, have them either on a tie-down or a crate. As they get a little bit older, use even a playpen to make sure that their space that they're able to move but in a limited fashion.
The reason for this is if your little puppy has the ability to kind of move throughout your home, they're much more likely in the beginning to just get up, move, go to the bathroom and then come back to where they were at hanging out.
It's really important if you're not a hundred percent focused on them, to limit their movement and keep them in a secure place. This way, they won't be able to get into any mischief.
Tip #2: Carry your puppy out to go to the bathroom.
The reason for this is that their bladders are little itty-bitty and fills up quickly! When your puppy starts to move, their muscles begin to contract around their bladder, as well as their bowels, which can cause them to have an accident even when you are taking them outside.
I recommend doing this for as long as you're able to carry your dog out, especially until they are about six to eight months of age when they still don't have full control of their bladder. As you go along, you can even give them more freedom to walk on their own and work on their bladder control.
I live in an apartment, so I've got to take my dog out into the hallway, go down to the hallway, take an elevator up, walk along the rooftop, and then go to the potty area. As Newport, the puppy that I'm currently raising is getting older. I'm giving him more and more time where I expect him to walk to the actual potty area.
Currently, he's expected to walk from the elevator to the potty area outside. Um, and I decided to do it there because I wanted to make sure that even if he had an accident, it was still outside rather than having an accident indoors. As Newport becomes develops more bladder control, I'll expect him to be walking for longer and longer periods of time. This will help greatly limit the number of accidents that you have in transition.
Tip #3: Give your puppy multiple opportunities to pee.
Now this isn't necessarily going to be for every dog, but there are several dogs and where they'll go to the bathroom, you bring them back inside. And then like five minutes later, they're all of a sudden having an accident inside. And you're like, Oh my gosh, we just were outside.
What's going on?
Well, this goes back to this whole idea of they don't have full control of their bladder or the muscles around the bladder itself. What can happen is that your puppy will go to the bathroom, but they're not able to get out all of the pee inside of their bladder. The muscle gets exhausted, so it's not able to contract fully. You go inside and the muscle has time to relax and then all of a sudden it's contracting again because they need to go to the bathroom.
To help prevent this, give your puppy a second chance to go to the bathroom. STake them for a quick little up and down walk for about 30 seconds. It allows their body to reset, giving them an opportunity to empty the rest of their bladder.
I also like to do this when I know that my puppy needs to poop. Sometimes it takes a little bit of extra time to get the muscles to contract around the bowels allowing them to be able to poop.
For Newport, he'll pee, then we do a little walk down the walkway and back. I then give him an opportunity to poop. This is really important because if I'm not giving him that opportunity, he doesn't have the sensation of needing to go yet. By walking him around for a little bit, he has the time to realize that he does in fact need to poop.
What I've actually started noticing is he's more apt to tell me that he really needs to go because he'll start moving back towards the potty area. By doing this I'm teaching him the behavior of, if you need to go to the bathroom, you need to let me know by either signaling by, you know, trying to get to the, to the potty area or making some other commotion.
If you're taking your puppy outside, they pee, and five minutes later, they're peeing inside give this a shot.
Tip #4: Water in equals water out
As I said before, our puppies bladders are little itty bitty. When they start to drink water, that's going to quickly expand the bladder and they're going to have to go out pretty quickly. Now we don't want to completely limit our dog's water by any means, but I do like to keep an eye on how much water my dog is drinking. That way, I know how soon they're going to have to go out. So I like to give my dogs water around their mealtimes and right before we go out to the bathroom.
I wouldn't recommend keeping a water bowl down all the time for your dog. What I noticed is that some of the dogs will do what's called tanking where they will just drink a whole bunch of water and their bladder will get really large. 5 or 10 minutes later, they are having an accident inside. What can also happen is that your dog will start drinking water without you knowing or noticing, resulting in an accident.
Tip #5: Teach your dog to go to the bathroom on command
What this is going to do is make sure that your dog at least tries to go to the bathroom. When you're going outside to specifically go to the bathroom, you tell them to go, and they do it. An added benefit of having a command is that you know they've actually gone to the bathroom and you're able to go inside and not have to worry about an accident.
What this then translates later on for your dog is when you take them into public spaces, you can toilet them right before you actually go into a store, a coffee, shop, a workplace, wherever you're taking your dog to. This is really important because sometimes you may not have a lot of time for your dog to go to the bathroom.
These are the five tips on helping to limit the number of accidents in your home and when you're taking your dog out into public. I think a really big key in transitioning your dog to making sure that they're fully potty trained is by limiting the number of accidents your puppy is having. By doing this, you won't be reinforcing the idea that they think that they can just go to the bathroom anywhere. You can make it really black and white for them where they know where they should be going to the bathroom, where they shouldn't be going and when they should be going to the bathroom.
In the comments below, add what are some things that you're doing with your dog that you need to make sure that your dog is potty trained? Are you planning on taking them to hospitals, counseling centers, schools, or your work in the future? Where ever you plan to take your future assistance or therapy dog, one of the first things you'll need to make sure of is that your dog is fully potty trained.