Is your puppy going potty ON THE FLOOR?….Yikes…here is information and steps on how to properly train your pet
Dogs…Man’s best friend….and great for kids to learn how to care for another living creature. Does your dog beg at the table or get underfoot or even worse….wet all over the house? Can you say STINKY! BTW—i will also have an article on great smell removal products I personally use that really work.
One good dog behavior that works is below…just follow it consistently and miracles will happen with your sweet pet.
So, what’s this magical behavior you can teach at home for day to day situations? Use a mat to start your puppy on the right behavior….just use a cue to train your puppy to use the mat.
Steps to train your puppy on a mat:
- First thing’s first—grab your dog’s favorite treats and a suitable mat. You can find these mats anywhere, Walmart is a great source.
- Put the mat down near your dog.
- Wait quietly. When your puppy looks at or steps towards the mat, praise your puppy and put a treat on the mat. Note: If you and your dog are familiar with the clicker, you can click instead of praising, and feed a treat on the mat. Get clicker training tips here.
- Watch your puppy and each time he goes toward the mat, reward him or use the clicker to train.
- Repeat this about 10 times in a row.
- Next, call your dog off the mat, and toss a couple of treats over to the side so he moves away from the mat. Remove the mat now.
- Then, either put the mat away, or put it down in a different spot for another round of training.
- As this is repeated a few times, your dog will probably move toward the mat as soon as you put it on the floor. When he is walking over to the mat consistently, wait to praise him until all four of his paws are on the mat, or until he sits or lies down on the mat.
- Continue this step with appraisal every time and then feed your dog multiple treats in a row without praising in between as long as he stays on the mat. Feed right on the mat to encourage your pet to lie down or remain lying down. After the tenth treat, toss a couple of treats to the side after calling your pet and pick up the mat again.
- Once your dog is going to the mat right away every time, you can start feeding the treats using set intervals. For example, start with one treat every second and gradually building up how long you wait between treats. Build to 10 repetitively reinforce the behavior and move from one second to 15-20 second intervals.
Follow this pattern:
- Feed 10 treats in a row, with 1-second pauses between treats.
- Feed 10 treats in a row, with 2-second pauses between treats.
- Feed 10 treats in a row, with 3-second pauses between treat.
Follow this sequence and remember to reinforce with positive rewards (treats and praise) each time.
- Place mat on floor
- Dog lies down on mat
- Praise and feed
- Feed 10 more times in a row at the current time interval
- Say release cue or call dog and toss food to the side
- Pick up mat
- Now that your dog is lying down on the mat and staying there, it’s time to add a cue. Use a cue to train your pet now. You can use whatever phrase you want; just be sure to say it every time you practice this behavior, right before or right as you put the mat down.
- Once your dog understands how to go to the mat on cue and can stay there for 2 minutes and 30 seconds while you feed 10 treats, you can start adding distance. Slowly add distance, one step at a time. If your pet gets confused start at step two again and repeat until your dog gets it.
GOAL: once you cue your dog to go to the mat have the dog stay on the mat, have him lie down on it for several minutes to start and increase time each try.How to Potty train your Puppy