How to teach a dog from a shelter to a toilet on the street? And can this be done if the dog is an adult?
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Some do not dare to take the dog from the shelter out of fear that they will not be able to teach it to the toilet on the street. In part, these concerns can be understood: unfortunately, shelter dogs are not always lucky with a full and regular walk. But still, even a dog from a shelter can be taught to "do their own thing" on the street.
To do this, you must first understand why the dog leaves puddles and heaps at home. And depending on the cause of dishonesty, develop an action plan.
Why do dogs from the shelter “go to the toilet” at home?
- Perhaps your pet is still too smallto endure. If you have a dog that is under the age of two, then probably just a two-time walk is not enough for it.
- If we are talking about an adult dog, the reason may lie in health problems (e.g. cystitis).
- Sometimes the dog is just does not understandthat the place for the toilet is outside.
- Improperly built feeding and walking. If you feed the dog at the same time, then she will want to go to the toilet “on schedule”. If you do not have a clear schedule of feeding and walking, the task of learning how to endure for the dog becomes almost impossible or, in any case, difficult.
- As a rule, dogs try not to go to the toilet “in the den”, but if the puppy lives in a cage from early childhood, then because of the tightness, he loses squeamishness and in this case, even an adult dog feels quite comfortable, leaving traces of life in the house.
- Dog can be spelled because of fearfor example, when firecrackers explode on the street or at the time of punishment.
- If the dog is written when you get home, this is a sign over submission.
- Puddles at home can be a manifestation marking behaviorwhen the dog marks certain items as his property.
How to teach a dog from a shelter to a toilet on the street?
- If you are dealing with a puppy (up to 1 year old), do not be discouraged by periodic puddles at home. In the mornings, it’s better to go for a walk faster, before the pet “puffs” the ocean, and generally try to walk longer and more often.
- If you are talking about an adult dog, first ask for consultation with a veterinarianto rule out diseases (e.g. cystitis). It is likely that after treatment, the problem of untidiness will disappear.
- If the dog is not accustomed to the toilet on the street or has lost disgust, you will have to be patient. Remember how much she can tolerate and walk the dog as often as possible (ideally, not long before, according to your estimates, she wants to use the toilet). If it seems to you that the pet is about to go to the toilet at home (for example, if you think about it, spin or sniff), put it on, get dressed as quickly as possible and run with it to the street.Do not punish the dog if it is "fined" and left traces of life at home. AND praise your pet for puddles and heaps on the street and don’t skimp on incentives - this way the dog will understand that he can “make money” by selling this behavior to you, which means he will try to “convey” everything to the right place.
- Set feeding and walking schedule and stick to it clearly.
- If the dog is written with fear, it is necessary work with this conditionand as soon as you help the dog cope with the panic, the untidiness will disappear.
- If the dog is written when you get home, try improve contact with the pet. Handle him gently, and when you enter the apartment, do not bend over the dog, but say hello to her voice and do not pay attention to it until excessive excitement passes. As a rule, this behavior goes by 7-8 months.
- Wash places thoroughly, which the dog uses as a toilet (you can use a weak solution of vinegar) so that there is no smell left.
Do not despair and do not give up! Even a dog can be accustomed to cleanliness. She lived all her life on the street before getting to you.
If you can’t do it on your own, you can contact a specialist who will help you draw up an action plan to teach your dog to be clean.