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.