How to solve Soiling problems
When you want to educate a dog to cleanliness, it is important to assign a specific area to the dog, such as a cage. As soon as the puppy enters your, follow the steps suggested below. Apply the same procedure if you have a dog that has had soiling problems for a while.
Use the reward to show the dog where you want him to defecate from now on. The key to success lies on positive reinforcement. The following procedure was conceived to make the dog understand that it is unacceptable to defecate in the.
Each dog has different needs as to how much protein, carbohydrates, fat and fibre he needs. The type ofand the number of meals vary with each dog. In fact, the type of he eats influences his absorption level. We suggest you rely on the dog's stools to tell you the number of meals the dog needs, as well as how much should be given for each mea l. For example, if the stools are too soft, reduce the amount of by 10%, until you get firm, humid stools. On the other hand, you will have to increase intake by 10% if the stools are hard and dry. For more details, consult your veterinarian.
Place the dog in his cage, and feed him. When he has finished his meal, observe him. Wait ten to fifteen minutes. Take out the puppy, put on his, and bring him directly to the place that you will require him to eliminate upon from now on. Encourage your dog as he behaves to your satisfaction, on the spot, for two or three minutes. Once the job has been done, play with your dog, so he doesn't associate defecation with the obligation to go back into the . If the dog sits and seems to expect something, encourage him. If after five minutes outside, the dog hasn't yet defecated, put him back into his cage for 30 minutes, and then take him out for another five-minute period, and so on, until he has done his business. Seeing as the dog needs many attempts to defecate, wait five minutes after the defecation to make sure that the dog has finished. Every time you take the dog outside to do his business, you must use an appropriate command.
The word should be as short as possible, preferably not exceeding two syllables (1 is better). The dog will eventualIy recognize the command, and will associate it to the reflex of defecating. As soon as he has eliminated, give him the SR 'SOUND + GOOD!' immediately, and reward him for his performance. Manycan learn to defecate on demand. Select a word suitable for your needs, (such as 'POOP') and repeat it once every minute. At the moment the dog has defecated, congratulate him (SR 'SOUND + GOOD!') and give him a reward. You can also congratulate him by giving him free access to the .
Note: it is possible that the dog will ask for the door to get some attention, and the reward. If such is the case, stop rewarding the dog by letting him go out side at his request; rather, wait a few minutes until
Do not let the dog wander in thewithout supervision until you are sure he is clean. When you have no time to take care of your puppy, put him back in his cage. This cage should be big enough so that an adult dog can turn around, sit, and lie down inside it. If the cage is too big for the dog, there is a possibility that he will defecate in a comer, and still have enough room to distance himself from his stools. If such is the case, isolate the extremities with a box or a piece of plywood (if he destroys the box), so that the cage be comes of adequate size for your puppy. An older dog might need some 'encouragement' to start liking his cage. To facilitate the dog entering the cage, throw a piece of in the bottom of the cage. You can then either close the door, or leave it open. If you close the door, give him some now and then. In such a case, the dog must not bark, because the situation could degenerate into the problem of excessive barking. Don't take the dog out of the cage if he is crying, because if you do, the dog will quickly understand that if he wants to get out of his cage, all he has to do is bark, or cry. The dog may come out of his cage only if he stops barking. To make the cage more comfortable and more inviting, place a cushion inside. It is important that the dog like his cage, and that he feels free to go inside it to rest, just like a terrier in his natural habitat. To give your dog (especially a puppy) a stronger sense of security, place a sheet of plywood over an open cage. Outings that are planned for defecating should only serve this purpose. The dog must be brought to understand this situation clearly. Feed your dog, and isolate him in his cage (or any other appropriate place). Thirty minutes later, take him out. Stay outside with him for five minutes, during which time you will say 'POOP' every minute. If the dog cannot bring himself to defecate. return inside and isolate him for twenty minutes, either in his cage, or any other place where you can watch him. Observe how much time it takes after a meal to be ready to defecate, and take him out at once. Time can vary between thirty minutes and many hours.
After each meal, take the puppy out of his cage, give him the command, and let him follo w you freely to the designated spot for defecating. Meals should always remain at the same time; this way, the dog will be programmed for this and will develop a routine to go out to defecate. One day, the puppy will understand where he has to do his business, and how to get there without assistance. He will ask you to let him out of his cage, or the room where he is kept to go outside. At that point, the dog can be given access to thewithout supervision. Give him more and more freedom, and keep an eye on him. Check regularly to see if he dog is ready to defecate. If he tries to relieve himself in the , you will be all set to correct the behavior; if he lets you know that he wants to go outside, you can congratulate him. He is now clean, and you can now let him wander in the , with no supervision, for longer and longer periods of time. After a few weeks of education, put your dog to the test by taking him out of his cage after the meal without taking him outside. This will give you the opportunity to correct him should he attempt to defecate in the , or to congratulate him if he asks for the door. Check with the person who sold you your dog to find out at what time he is fed, and where he is accustomed to defecate. At the beginning, keep the same hours, and gradually change the schedule to accommodate yourself.
It is recommended to give your dog a reward when he does his business at the designated spot. Reward him before going into the, so that he doesn't think the reward is for going into the . Give him a treat right after his defecation to reinforce his good behavior, and to allow the "POOP" command to sink in. Give him the SR "SOUND + GOOD!", and give him a reward. In order to avoid a mess, take the dog out more often at the beginning of the education process.
Take him out when you get up in the morning, after breakfast, at noon and after the meal, at night before and after supper, and before going to. Every time he defecates, reward him. Once the dog has been educated, you can decrease the frequency of outings to at least three a day. AII you have to do is establish a fixed schedule, and respect it.
Meal times and defecation times must be fixed, and you must keep to those hours. Defecation rhythms vary from one dog to another. Intervals can be of thirty minutes after the meat, to as long as six hours later. If you are familiar with your dog's rhythm, you will not have any nasty surprises. Do not forget that the same schedule applies to the weekend as well.