Unfortunately, dogs simply don’t come pre-programmed with when and where to go to the bathroom – after all, for a dog, the world is a bathroom. House training then, like many training tasks, is really about teaching your dog how to operate in this weird human world we have them live in. This course breaks down the tips, tools, and techniques you’ll need to employ to get your dog on a bathroom schedule that won’t end up ruining your rugs.
But we don’t just stop at simple house training, certified trainer and behavior consultant Alex Sessa will also guide you through taking house training to the next level by getting your dog to signal when it’s time to go.
Meet Your Instructors
Meet Your Instructors
The first thing that we’ll walk through is setting up the right environment for your dog, as a non-house trained dog with free reign is simply asking for accidents! We’ll talk through different ways to create comfortable but effective confinement spaces and how to pick the right tools for your dog and your situation. We’ll also give you instructions tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking to eventually have your dog go outside 100% of the time, or if you’re planning on using pads for the long term. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a complete framework for teaching your puppy to use the bathroom outside or on a pad – with the added benefit of minimizing any destructive behaviors!
House training is ultimately about putting your dog on a consistent, clear schedule – and that means creating structure. No two dogs are going to have the same schedule, so we’ll give you the insight you need in order to create a schedule that works for you and your dog. We’ll also walk you through a typical day for a dog in house training, the signs to look for when an accident might be happening, and a sample schedule for you to adapt to your own.
Putting it all Together
This workshop builds on the environment you created for your dog, and the schedule you’re working through together, to put all the pieces together for your first trips outside or to the pad, depending on what you choose. We’ll walk through how to properly reward, what happens if they make a mistake, and the visual signs your dog will show that they need to go. We’ll also arm you with a list of things that show you’re on your way to house training success!
Remember we said we were going to level this up? Welcome to the wonderful world of potty bells. Not only is it a fun party trick when you have guests over, potty bells can become a lifesafer and a clear communication channel between you and your dog. In this workshop, we’ll walk through when it’s appropriate to incorporate potty training, and how to set your dog up for success for this more advanced task.