House Training an Adult Dog During Covid-19 Quarantine

Is training an adult dog to go potty indoors possible? If you are a dog owner affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, you might have no other option.

Sadly, keeping dogs indoors for long periods can cause them major stress. Here, we’ll, therefore, look at ways to make life easier for furry companions during the current crisis.

How to Start House Training an Adult Dog to Go Potty Inside

Are you under quarantine or in self-isolation? If so, it might no longer be possible to take your dog to the park or on long walks. If this is the case, it is important to let pets know quickly where they can relieve themselves.

Most of us train dogs from day one that going potty inside is a major no-no. For this reason, dogs will experience a high level of stress when you restrict walks and outdoor access.

To stop companion animals from experiencing unnecessary stress, quickly set up a place where they can go potty. Once you have done this, try and retain something like your normal routine.

  • Start house training an adult dog to go potty inside by setting up a puppy potty grass pad in a spare room or on an apartment balcony.
  • Sometimes, older dogs that are house trained will have a spot indoors where they go when they have accidents. If your dog occasionally has accidents in a specific place, make this your pet potty area.
  • If possible, try to stick to your old walking routine. Leash dogs at the same time you would usually, then walk them to their new potty area.
  • Always try to use a for-purpose puppy potty like our own Porch Potty that uses synthetic grass. This lets dogs know that this is their indoor equivalent of an outdoor potty space.

When house training an older dog to go potty inside, remember also to give treats whenever they are successful.

Indoor Exercise and Play Tips

There will be a few mishaps at the start. However, house training an adult dog to go potty inside is possible. Just remember that large dogs will require a large indoor dog toilet area that matches their size.

Sadly, dogs don’t just go outside to go potty. Walks also stimulate the senses and are vital for the mental well being of pets. This being the case, now is the time to set aside lots of pet playtime.

  • Think about how long you typically walk your pets for under normal circumstances. Ideally, this is the minimum amount of time you need to devote to play.
  • Buy some new toys and remember that the more squeaky and chew-able these are, the more fun pets will have.
  • Consider scenting toys with herbs line anise (though not star anise), and treats like peanut butter. This will inject even more fun into playtime.  

When thinking about play, remember also that smaller spaces can seem claustrophobic for many dogs. During periods of Covid-19 isolation, it can, therefore, be a good idea to rearrange furniture to create more open indoor play areas.

Remember to Get Lots of Natural Light and Air

Is where you live in Covid-19 lockdown? If so, remember that it is still important to get as much natural light and fresh air as possible.

Natural light and fresh air are hugely important for both pet and human mental well being. This being the case, remember to open shades and windows regularly. Even better, get out in the garden if you have one.

Remember – House Training an Older Dog Always Requires Patience

Using a Porch Potty is a fantastic way to get pets to go potty inside. Sadly, training will still be stressful for some older dogs.

If you are in self-isolation or Covid-19 quarantine, remember not to raise your voice or appear to get angry when pets go potty in the wrong place. Reprimanding pets will only reinforce the idea that going potty indoors is against house rules. Remember too that even if you are not in self-isolation yet, you may be soon. This being the case, consider starting to invest in a few extra toys and pet potty accessories sooner rather than later.

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Dogs as Coworkers

In the new work from home norm with the concerns and social distancing caused by COVID-19 (the coronavirus) people have found new coworkers while working from home which is their pets. Many of which crave human attention and whenever it finds their owner or dog parent is at home, it would stick with them and try to remain in their company for as much time as possible. So, even if people are missing their coworkers, still they have found new coworkers in the face of their pets (or furry four-legged family members).

People are flooding social media with the pictures, videos, and stories of their dog coworkers while enjoying some pitfalls and hilarious moments. You can enjoy the company of your coworkers which would give you some satisfaction and condolence in times of stress.

World Health Organization has confirmed that the virus does not spread from dogs to humans, so it increases their ability to be even a trustier coworker tenfold.  They are:

  • Source of relaxation: Dogs can serve as your source of relaxation and stress relief while keeping you energetic and constantly in a good frame of mind.  There might be a downfall if dogs interrupt you too much but for this purpose, you may leave them in a separate room when you need to entirely focus on your work.
  • Errand pets: They can also help by running errands while you focus on your work. These errands might be to fetch newspapers or letters or even pencils and supplies from your in-house supply center.
  • Making work joyful: Remote work or work from home (WFH) is new to many.  Dogs can be your constant reminder at home to take some breaks, enjoy and be grateful for the little things.  And, no doubt there will be some fun stories and adventures you’ll have with them as you work from home. We would love to see those shared on our Facebook page, too!  

Your best friend can now be your best coworker especially if you take the time to slow down and enjoy the little things that bring them great joy!

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Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

As much as the holiday seasons are a breath of fresh air from work, school and routine life, you must admit it does get a little tough sometimes when it’s the Christmas holidays. If you live in total isolation you might be fine, but if you have even the tiniest family to cater for you’ll see there are so many things to check off your to-do list. Now, when it al swoops in, it’s going to be tougher to keep an eye out for your dog’s safety for obvious reasons. Hence, I was moved to make this guide (or tips if you like) to be a personal reminder for you. Here we go:

DEALING WITH GUESTS

If you are going to have a few guests around the home during the holidays, which is more likely than not, do well to secure your dog from the crowd. Small dogs can easily get trampled upon when there is a crowd of jolly people. For the sake of your guests, you don’t want your dog getting anxious around that many people and snapping or attacking. The better option is often to keep your dog away from the guests than letting it roam freely.

Also, it’s quite easy with all of the merry making that your dog could slip through the door or a guest could leave a door or patio door open which could be very tempting to a curious four-legged family member!

There is also the danger that those guests could think it’s a good idea to slip your pup a bit of food or even drink!  And, even the most well-intentioned guest might give them something that could be a choking hazard.

This is by no means a call to abandon your little guy when you have guests. Do check on your dog from time to time to see how the little chap is doing. Keep him on an easy latch surrounded with safe toys. One more thing, keep all gates closed and locked.

DECORATIONS

Small ornaments, garland, tinsel, bells, and ornament hooks can be choking hazards and very dangerous for your dog.  Be on the look out for those hooks that can get left around the base of the tree and also look for any places that those curious noses might get tangled up in, too.

If you have a live tree, be vigilant about cleaning up those pine needles and watch the water the tree is sitting in.  Often the mixture to keep the tree moist, can be tempting for you dog to taste and cause them to be very sick.

EATING HABITS

There are going to be a bunch of items turning up where you don’t want them during the holidays. Dogs are chewers and will require no second invitation to get every piece of item that looks like their food o r toy into their mouth. It is sadly a very swift setup to get your dog chewing and even swallowing items like metal hooks, decoration ornaments, or plants like the Poinsettias that would hurt them. It is recommended that you apply a little prudence with decorations around your dog. You may suspend them at a higher altitude from your dog’s reach.

They can’t have human food too many times either. It can be tough turning down your dog when s/he looks on as you enjoy some holiday food but be strong. Some human foods are not very healthy for your dog’s consumption. If you have no idea how a meal makes your dog feel, just don’t, okay?

HOME ALONE

If the holidays have you traveling and there’s no way to bring your little furry family member with you, then be sure to have someone responsible to watch them.  Often this doesn’t mean your neighbor’s kid unless they are already old enough, responsible enough, and have a relationship with your dog.  Being left with someone they don’t know, can be very scary for your dog and can be an overwhelming responsibility to someone not familiar with the proper care, feeding, and personality of your dog.

Never leave them home alone or without someone to check-in on them (and that’s only for short periods of time you might bring in a trusted dog sitter).

And, remember, the holidays is all about family and your four-legged family member IS a part of your family.  If you can bring them along, do! Many airlines have options for smaller breeds and now there are more dog friendly hotels that will allow you to have your dog with you for a fee.

And, it’s worth it!

Nothing’s more satisfying then to spend your holidays surrounded  by all your family members!

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