You have moved to a new home and your dog seems to have a problem doing his potty in the new place.
You are thinking about what can be done to resolve this situation?
This article will shed some light on the things that you can do to help your dog overcome his potty issues.
So let’s find out!
To make your dog pee in a new place, let him choose his potty spot and make it to be a rewarding experience for him. Have a routine potty schedule for him and train him on the potty commands. Stay by his side when he does his peeing and minimize any distractions that could take his attention away from his potty.
Let Him Choose His Potty Spot
Dogs often prefer to do their pee and poo in areas where they are familiar with (which they feel is safe and sound) as they will let their guard down during these times.
This is why you will see your dog going around the garden or backyard, hunting high and low for his favorite SAFE potty spot before making his choice.
You should not interrupt him and leave him to do what he wants while you keep an eye on his finding.
It may take your dog a few days to find the right spot for him to use.
Once he finds it, you should let him have his preference.
Make Potty To Be A Rewarding Experience For Him
You will have to go back to the potty training basics, which is to positively reinforce his potty action.
Make him feel that it is going to be a rewarding experience when he does his potty on the designated spot outside the home.
Keep some treats with you so that when he pees outside, offer these rewards to him.
This will make him associate that GOOD things will happen if he keeps practicing this habit.
The goal is to positively reinforce this DESIRED action to make him know that there will be some kind of rewards when he does the right thing.
Plan For A Routine Potty Schedule For Him
Just like you have a routine schedule for your kids to eat, play and sleep so that they can stick to it and follow through, the same goes for your dog as well.
Your dog will need to go potty on the following conditions:
1. In the morning after waking up.
2. After each nap.
3. After each playtime.
4. After each meal.
4. After a stroll.
4. Before night sleep.
By having a routine potty schedule, this makes it easier for your dog to learn and get used to doing his business in the right place at the right time.
Knowing your dog’s schedule can also help you to plan for your presence to bring him out for his potty when he is still adapting to his new potty spot.
Also, keep a lookout for any potty signs, such as sniffing on the floor, circling around, scratching the door or pawning.
This is his way of telling you, take me out for potty now!
What determines how frequently your dog should do his potty?
Factors such as the breed, age and activity level of your dog will determine how often he needs to go potty.
If your dog is of a small breed, he is likely going to have a tiny bladder and will not be able to hold his bladder for long.
Likewise, if he is an active dog, who is running around all day, he may need to go out more often for his potty.
Also, if you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow, the ground can be wet, which can affect your dog’s willingness to go out for his pee.
In this case, you will need to plan for an alternative, which is for him to do his potty indoors.
Using dog pee pads can be a feasible option to consider because they are easy to use and provide comfort for your dog.
They are affordable and come in different sizes, which makes them convenient and practical to use.
“Inform” Him To Do His Potty Using Command
If you have not trained your dog to do his potty using command, it’s time for you to train him.
You see, dogs are naturally good at learning and understanding commands, which is why when you use commands such as “Heel”, “Stay”, “Sit”, “Come”, they can easily comply.
So why not train him to do his potty using commands such as “go potty”, “go pee-pee”, “go poop”?
This will certainly come in handy when you need him to do his potty.
What I mean here is that if you have to take your dog for a walk, and you know it’s time for his potty, you can simply command him to do his peeing.
That will save you the hassle of waiting for your dog to be ready for his potty, which could be after the walk.
Always use a positive tone of voice when giving your commands.
Never hit, pinch or yell at your dog if he does not respond to you.He could just not be ready to do his potty yet.
Stay By His Side During His Potty
You will certainly feel awkward if someone stays beside you when you are doing your business.
But that’s not how your dog will perceive when you stay by his side during his potty.
He sees that action as your love for him!
He is depending on you to keep a lookout and keep him from any harm as he will be letting his guard down during his potty.
He has gotten used to you being around him when he pees, so by staying by his side, he will feel safe enough to do his business in an unfamiliar place.
This will certainly help to boost his confidence to perform his pee and poo outside.
Minimize His Distraction
Your dog gets too distracted by what is happening around him and forgets his potty needs.
This is likely going to happen in places where there is too much stimulates that can distract him.
For example, he could have gotten distracted by your children playing, or he might hear your neighbor’s dogs barking.
Your dog is likely to miss his potty breaks when his attention is focused on something else.
What you would need to do is to make use of the potty commands to direct his attention back to his potty business.
And give him some praise and a treat when he is done with that.
You can also use a clicker to help you if you have one.
Press the clicker as soon as he gets to his potty spot and then click again when he does his business before rewarding him.
This way, he will start associating the sound of the clicker with a rewarding potty experience.