Many dog owners face the problem of potty training regression in their dogs. Regression means that the dog begins to urinate and defecate in prohibited places like the house. Although this can be very bothersome especially after your pet has gone through the entire potty training process as a pup, it is quite common and can be corrected with a bit of patience and some training methods. However, there is not much cause to worry as it does not mean that you have to potty train your dog from scratch.
Puppy Potty Training Regression
Following are some effective potty training techniques to correct this regression and help relieve you and your pet from this tough condition.
- The best way to avoid regression is to train your pet as early as possible. Generally, the ideal potty training age for a puppy is 8 weeks. However, if it is comfortable and if you have developed a nice bond with it, start training even earlier, as younger puppies are easier to train than the older ones.
- The next step is to prepare a training schedule, in which you need to feed your pet with its dog food as well as water at the same time every day so that you can keep a track of its defecating and urinating time and frequency. Due to this, you will be able to anticipate better, and just 15 - 20 minutes before the expected time or after it eats or drinks, take it outside.
- In case the dog has an 'accident' before you get it outside, note down how much time has passed and next time, take it out sooner. Try feeding your pet at least 2 hours before you go to bed so that you will have enough time to take it out to defecate. This is because if you sleep without taking your dog out, it will have no other option and will defecate in the house.
- Training pads can be extremely useful during the potty training regression period, as just before the anticipated time, you can place the dog on them. These pads are easy to clean and absorb no liquid. Initially, the dog can be a little reluctant to do so, but here you are expected to be a bit forceful. When you will make it defecate on the pads repeatedly, the dog will eventually develop this as a habit.
- Crate training is another option where you need to keep your puppy in a crate especially if you are not around to watch over it. This will make the puppy more likely to relieve itself in the crate. However, it is recommended not to keep it there for a very long time. Hence, do not forget to take it out when you feel that it is about to defecate.
During the regression period, don't punish your dog. Even if it relieves itself in the house, don't panic or lose your temper, simply remove the dog from the house and take it to its right potty place and say "go potty". This will remind the dog that the house isn't the correct place to go, and it will eventually learn to defecate outside the house. And every time it defecates outside, do not forget to reward it with treats and a little patting on the back. However, even after a few months, if you still experience these problems, then consult a vet as the condition could be related to some other health problem.