Training your dog yourself is a rewarding experience and is very cost effective. Professional obediance training can be quite expensive.
Toilet training an indoor dog requires patience, encouragement, and consistency even if your dog does ''slip up.'' With these simple steps you''ll soon have a fully house trained dog in a matter of months. This will work for a new puppy, or even an older dog as we experienced when we bought our adult dog who had never been trained.
Until your dog associates going outside as the place for relieving itself you will need to closely supervise your dog indoors. Dogs learn quickly through repetition, so keep at it.
1. Restrict your dog to a small area inside – closing doors or using baby gates across doorways. Your dog will have a natural tendency to keep its living space clean, and so as it comes to recognise this small area as ''home'' it will try to avoid toileting there. Watch your dog closely and look out for signs that it wants to relieve itself - sniffing the ground, walking in circles, sitting by the door, scratching the floor or door, or sitting and look intently at you.
2. At the first sign your dog needs to go, or at regular intervals – 1-2 hours after eating or drinking, after playing, before going to bed, and upon waking – take it outside to a designated area. You can keep your dog on a leash, until it learns to go only in the designated area of the lawn.
3. Use a key word to help your dog associate the action of being in that area of the lawn with toileting. A simple word repeated like "toilet" or "busy," and don''t return inside until they have toileted.
4. Praise your dog when it does go, and repeat the key word over again so it links that with the action. You may want to give your dog a small treat each time it goes just for the first month or two of toilet training. You can gradually wean it off treats, as an encouraging tone of voice and pat will be all that is required once your dog understands where to toilet.
5. Never punish your dog if it does toilet inside. A stern ''No'' or loud clap of your hands is enough to startle it in time for you to rush the dog outside to the right toileting spot. If it does make an accident inside, don''t rub the dog''s nose in it or scold it. The dog will only associate toileting with punishment, and any effective toilet training will be delayed. This is where your patience is required. Accidents will happen, but your dog will eventually learn through repetition.