If you’re a PetParent to a puppy or small breed dog, there may be occasions when an indoor potty system could be a lifesaver. During the puppy years, they are a great solution to aid in housebreaking and avoid accidents in the house. Pet Parents to small breed dogs who are living in high rises or condos can save themselves a midnight run down many flights of stairs if an indoor potty solution is provided for their pets. Training your puppy or dog to use an indoor potty system is fairly easy, the biggest key is to remain consistent with your direction and reinforcement. Here are a few tips to get your started on training your dog to use an indoor potty system!
It’s important to remember two things as you embark on this new training journey with your pets:
- Each dog is an individual, and training methods/approaches will vary. Positive reinforcement, kindness and understanding should always be practiced.
- Small breed dogs are notoriously harder to potty train than larger breeds, but not impossible! If you’re a pet parent to a small breed dog you must prepare to be extra vigilant and consistent with your puppy to help them learn what is best.
Training your pet to use an indoor potty system will work best in combination with crate training. Our pets naturally do not want to eliminate where they sleep, so crate training encourages house breaking by using their natural instincts of keeping their dens clean.
- Set up the crate and indoor potty system together in a shared room. Use a baby gate to block the doorway to the room, fully containing your puppy.
- Puppies almost always need to relieve themselves after they wake from a nap, and after they eat a meal. Know this, and use it to your advantage while training them to use the indoor potty system.
- Many Pet Parents find it helpful to apply a command such as ‘go potty’ and reward with treats to help solidify the concept more quickly for their pups. This command can come in handy later as there are many instances when a puppy who goes potty on command is very useful.
- Depending on the type of indoor potty system you choose, regular maintenance will apply to keep your dog happy to return and use this as his designated bathroom place.
If your puppy has already been trained to use a puppy pad, but you’d prefer an indoor potty system for a more sanitary option, you can still transfer the behavior! The first day just put a puppy pad on top of your indoor potty system, the next day place it underneath the turf (but still visible to the dog), and then finally remove puppy pads from your life completely!
There are so many indoor potty systems on the market that Pet Parents truly must do their research and determine the design options that will please their pooch the most. Some indoor potty systems like the Doggie Lawn have real live grass turf that must be re-ordered and replaced on a regular basis, while others, like the Piddle Place, come with a fake sort of turf and bio cleaning enzymes that also attract your pup. The false turf can be replaced much less often and is often even safe to go through the washing machine. Of course we understand that an indoor potty system isn’t ideal for every puppy or each Pet Parent, so here are a few more tips for housebreaking your dog, and a few crate training tips too.