For most people, potty training is priority #1 when a new dog joins the household. But what seems like a perfectly simple concept to us is often surprisingly hard to teach to a puppy -- especially with busy work schedules and only so many hours in the day.
Few things are more stressful than scrubbing dog pee out of the carpet over and over. Sometimes it seems like you find a new accident every time you take your eyes off the puppy even for a second. And you know with absolute certainty that your last dog never struggled anywhere near this badly when they were young. Does it surprise anyone that potty training problems are one of the most common reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters? It's frustrating, time-consuming and don't forget gross!
Building Good Potty Training Habits
The most important lesson about potty training is this: For dogs, potty training is about habit, not "right" or "wrong." And like all habits, the more often they practice the right behavior, the more likely they are to make the right choice next time. That makes preventing accidents crucial to long-term success. Management tools like crate training or tethering can help prevent them from practicing the wrong behavior in the meantime.
Even if your new family member was reliably house trained in their previous home, changing to a new location often means going back to kindergarten with potty training. If your "fully house broken" rescue dog keeps leaving pee puddles in the living room, there's hope. It's not defiance -- just an incomplete habit. We can get you back on the right track.
Level Up's Potty Training Quick-Start Program:
If your dog is struggling to learn the ins and outs of house-training, this quick-start session is for you. We will go over the best practices for teaching a dog where to go, when to go and how to tell you that they need to go. You'll also learn all about management, accident prevention, substrate preferences, bladder schedules and how to teach your dog to care about the difference between grass and an antique Persian rug.
By the end of the session, you will have a full potty training plan completely customized for your dog and your family for maximum success.
1 to 2 hours at $65