Potty training tips are like opinions and we all know what opinions are like, so make the connection. Do you ever feel like you are getting stuck trying to use the newest and (always) the best techniques for potty training…yet, it just doesn’t stick?
Do you have baby gates that protect carpeted areas of your home? You’re still a bit nervous though, right?
Do you hate the idea of keeping your husky in a crate all day, but hate the smell of dog pee more?
Some of these tips may not be for people without their own fenced-in yards. Most all of them are usable, no matter what your situation.
Basic First Steps
- Pape & Pad training
Pad training, also known as paper training, is training your doggo to find and use a specific spot. In this case the spot is usually either recycled newspaper or potty training pads. It makes for easier clean up and is a method that has stood the test of time!
- Crate Training
Crate training helps in almost every possible way! It is usually recommended to do some form of crate training even if you don’t plan on using it on a regular basis.
- Create a schedule
First thing in the morning
Last thing before bed
After indoor playtime
After being released from crate time
Waking from a nap
After a hardcore chewing, tuggin, toy destroying session
- Welcome to the Elimination Zone!
Is it possible to train a husky to use the same spot every time? In my part of the country (Southeast USA) I’d say ‘Uh, Sorta-kinda’. Are you actually training the dog to use the same spot, not really. What you are doing is leading your dog to the same spot and the scents of previous visits trigger the need to go.
I call this the ‘elimination zone’. And, yes… I say it like ‘Danger Zone’ every time. Don’t judge me.
This is the free-for-all place to eliminate dog waste. It should be far enough away that you don’t have to deal with it, but familiar enough for your dog to know where it is.
- Night Trips are Tricky
Aside from individual issues, dogs should be able to hold their bladder for most of the night without needing to go out. The problem with taking nighttime potty trips isn’t always the dog, it’s us. We tend to treat every trip outside the same: lights on, saying nice and sweet things to your dog, and probably even some belly rubs.
That is a sign to your pooch that it is like any other normal time, they don’t realize it is the middle of the night (or past 10pm for us old folk). They go from crate to ‘start your day’ mode instantly and it can be difficult to get them back to bed.
Instead, try not turning on all the lights, don’t speak, and give minimal praise. Do the least possible amount of work you can to get your dog to go out. Make it quick, simple, and right back to the crate for the rest of the night.
- Okay, Back to baby gates
Sigh..I don’t really like them, but they have their uses. I am very against using them as the fix to a problem. A dog owner could solve most issues by keeping their dogs in a caged and confined area. But that sounds like jail with no due process…
No, that’s not cool!
There is a reason for issues like peeing a pooping inside and even chewing, but the solution is never to deprive them their freedom (within reason, of course) because you are unwilling to take the time to figure out the actual reason.
There is a use for them though. Temporary fixes and temporary control make are perfect reasons to use baby gates.
- Make Plans
There is a reason we use time. It’s so we know when we have to do things. For example, if you know you are taking a day trip and can’t be home at your usual time, it makes sense to plan your dogs potty times.
8. …IT Happens, Move On With Your Day
Look, let’s be honest…it is going to happen, and you know what ‘it’ is. You are going to find a puddle or pile somewhere, maybe even step in it, but it is a part of it. Potty accidents are a way of life for dog owners, young and old.
Some people believe you should yell at your dog and make them understand how much of a ‘bad dog’ they are…they are wrong. Please stay away from people like this! If this sounds like something you do, please stop! <<expand this idea>>
So, what should you do?
Clean it up…That’s it. Clean it up and move on with your day.
9. A UV Light Might Not Hurt
If a dog smells pee and it triggers a response, it makes sense that your dog might do its business in the same place or room because he/she smells it. The obvious fix is to clean it and take care of the odor.
But what do you do if you can’t find the spot? What if the new spot you clean isn’t what is triggering the response?
YUP, a UV flashlight. Turn off the lights and make it as dark as possible. Use the UV light to find any hidden spots that might be triggering your husky. Then clean those spots with an enzymatic cleaner.
10. Enzymes not Ammonia
Use cleaners with enzymes, not ammonia. Harsh chemicals like ammonia may trigger your husky to pee. You should use a cleaner with enzymes that will break down and get rid of the natural chemicals in your dog’s waste. They cost a bit more but this is the best way to clean accident spots.
11. Verbal Cues & Praise
A little praise goes a long way. But this isn’t the only way to use verbal cues. When your (your dog’s) scheduled potty time comes up use words or cues like “let’s go potty”. These cues will come in handy later when you are in an unfamiliar place with new smells. Your dog will hear the cue and know what to do.
12. Understanding the Process
As it turns out, potty training your siberian husky is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight. As a dog owner, you have to understand where your dog is in its life and what you can expect from them.
For example, a puppy that is just starting to learn is going to learn by a different process than a 1 year old that was never properly house trained. Puppies are going to go when they have to go and you can schedule when to expect their need to potty. Older dogs may have learned habits that you have to figure out before you can change or accept the behavior.
13. You are Being Trained, Too!
Your dog isn’t the only one being trained. It isn’t enough for you to give a treat and expect your dog to just ‘get it’. You have to pay attention to the clues your Siberian husky gives you. One dog may stand at the door and whimper when he or she is ready to go outside. Other dogs may immediately start sniffing to find a spot. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to dog training!