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Top 10 Potty Training Mistakes & How To Correct Them

Mistake #1: Waiting for the dog to come back inside to give the treat 

Do this instead: Treat them outside after you mark for using the bathroom not inside. If you treat them when they come inside then you teach them to come inside and that coming inside earned a treat or coming to you earned a treat. You have to mark and treat outside right after

Mistake #2: Not going outside to see EXACTLY what the dog did. 

Do this instead: Always go outside with your dog so that you can see if they used the bathroom or not. If you are just starting out and you let your dog out but, don’t see if they pooped you could think they are good, then you go out for dinner and come back to an accident.

Mistake #3: TALKING when you are waiting for your dog to use the bathroom

Do this instead: #3 Do not talk. Do not move around or fidget in your pockets while waiting for your dog to "go". In other words, do not interrupt your dog while they are going. It can cause them to stop and hold it. 

Mistake #4: Not having the RIGHT VALUE of treats to reward going outside

Do this instead:  Make sure you only use the HIGHEST VALUED treat you can find for potty training. It is the hardest behavior to get on cue. 

Mistake #5:  Not bringing rewards with you outside.

Do this instead: Put your treats in a container by the front door so that you can grab them when your dog needs to “go”

Mistake#6:  Rushing your dog to hurry up and go 

Do this instead: Don’t rush your dog, they will end up not wanting to use the bathroom in your presence. Or they could mistake your frantic body movements for play time. 

Mistake #7:  Coming inside right after your dog uses the bathroom.

Do this instead:  Try to play with your dog after they “go” so that they will think that play time happens AFTER  they use the bathroom. If you do this right, what you will have is a dog that pees or poops the instant they go outside because they think that peeing/pooping means they get to play. 

Mistake #8:  Punishing your dog for going inside your home

Do this instead:  Never punish your dog for using the bathroom INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OR AT A FRIENDS HOUSE. Plain and simple: your dog doesn't know right from wrong and isn't peeing on your bed to get back at you. Plus if you punish your dog harsh enough you may teach your dog to never use the bathroom in front of you again. I have seen this as a trainer where the wife owns a dog but, is forced to make others take the dog out because it will never use the bathroom in front of her because she is the one who punishes the dog when she catches or finds accidents inside. 

Mistake #9:  Not taking your dog out enough times in a day

Do this instead:  Take your dog out every 15-30 minutes as a puppy and every 1-2 hours as an adult dog and it depends on their water and food intake or the activities they are doing.

Mistake #10:  Not being consistent with training. This is the killer of any and all dog training courses. If you don’t do this as a routine, a lifestyle, as an every day thing then it doesn’t work. 

Do this instead:  Consistency is the key to the whole thing happening. If you aren’t consistent you will waste your time.!! Don't start off strong for the first week and then only do a couple days a week for the next three weeks and expect positive results. Inconsistency is the #1 killer of any training plan

 TIP: NEVER USE VINEGAR, BLEACH, OR ANYTHING WITH AMMONIA TO CLEAN URINE AND/OR FECES. MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS USE AN ENZYMATIC CLEANER. WE RECOMMEND THE SKOUTS HONOR CLEANER. IT SMELLS GREAT. IT SMELLS CLEAN. NO AMMONIA, NO HARSH CHEMICALS. 

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