Pets bring us so much joy, but sometimes they also bring a lot of messes. For the times that your pet has an accident, Chem-Dry’s pet urine removal treatment is here to help. But we also want to be part of long-term solutions by providing tips to help you train your dog to not pee on the carpet. Training your pup to relieve themselves outside can be a challenge, but with the right approach and consistency, it’s possible. Here are some tips to help get you started:
The Kennel Method
One of the most popular training methods is the kennel method. This involves selecting a crate or kennel that’s large enough for your dog to move around in, but small enough that they can’t relieve themselves inside. Make it a spot your dog enjoys with a pillow, treats, and toys. Determine a verbal cue to teach your pup to go in and out of the kennel, and use toys or treats as a reward for doing so. Establish a specific time each day for your dog to spend in the kennel, like at night or while you’re away at work. Dogs typically won’t relieve themselves in the same spot where they sleep, so this is a great opportunity to teach them to wait until you take them outside for a bathroom break. Offer your pup a positive reward every time they do relieve themselves outside.
The Schedule Method
Another method to try is the schedule method. Determine how often and what times of day your specific dog will need to relieve themselves. For example, in the morning, after meals, after kennel time, and before bed. Avoid punishment or negative reinforcement when your dog has accidents. About five minutes before the anticipated time, take your pup outside. Offer rewards and verbal praise every time your dog relieves itself outdoors. As needed and as your dog grows, make any necessary adjustments to their schedule.
The Puppy Pad Method
Finally, the puppy pad method can be effective. Purchase appropriately sized pee pads for your dog and consistently place the pad in an easy-to-access spot. At the anticipated time, take your dog to the pad and stay there until they relieve themselves. Give praise and positive reinforcement each time they’re successful at using the pad. Keep the area clean and replace the pad often. To transition outside, gradually move the pad toward the door and eventually outside. Just make sure it’s easily accessible, like with a doggy door.
Carpet Cleaning in San Antonio
Even with the best training methods, accidents can still happen. That’s where Chem-Dry carpet cleaning in San Antonio comes in. We’re here to help keep your carpets in pristine shape, even if your pet has an accident or two. With our revolutionary pet urine odor removal method, even the toughest lingering stains and odors can be gone for good.