- Wouldn't it be nice if it was snowing or raining
or cold and gross outside,
or maybe you were late for work
and you had to get going really quickly,
that you could take your puppy outside
and they could go to the bathroom right away
when you ask them to?
Well, I'm gonna talk to you about a few ways
you can teach your puppy
how to go to the bathroom on command.
My name's Kayl McCann, and welcome to McCann Dogs.
The first thing that I wanna talk to you about
is how to actually teach your dog
to go to the washroom on command.
Now, when you take your puppy outside
they can get very easily distracted,
so it's best to keep them on a short leash
and just stand still and try not to talk to them too much.
Stay quiet and let them just think about their job.
Once they go to the washroom,
start to pair the command that you wanna use with your dog.
Now, I used the command hurry up.
That's what I feel most comfortable saying
in public around people.
And I just say that over and over and over again
as the dog starts to go to the washroom.
Once they finish, then I simply just praise the dog.
I don't make a big deal,
I don't necessarily give them cookies or treat them.
But I do use my voice to let them know
I'm happy with what they've done.
Another thing to consider is the best time of day
to teach your dog to go to the washroom on command.
I like to teach my puppies,
when they first get up in the morning
from a long sleep overnight,
to take them outside at that point
because I know they have to go to the washroom.
When they go to the washroom for the first couple days,
I wait until they go before I start saying my command
over and over and over again.
The puppy doesn't know what the word means yet,
so what I have to do is pair my word
with the behavior that the dog is already doing.
Now after a few days go by,
I may consider saying the word a few times
before the dog goes,
and see if they start to sniff or initiate behaviors
that mean that they're gonna go to the washroom.
If the puppy's more interested
in playing and jumping around,
I'm gonna stop saying that command
and just go silent again and wait for the puppy
to go to the bathroom or show signs.
And at that point, I can start repeating my word again.
There's no point in giving a word
if the dog doesn't know what it means.
So you have to make sure the first couple of days
is more of a behavior and word association.
One problem you might run into
when teaching your dog to go to the washroom on command
is that puppies often get really good
at going to the bathroom on command quickly
in locations that they're used to,
so such as your house
or places you take them on a regular basis.
But there's gonna be times when you have to take your puppy
and make them go to the washroom
in places that aren't so familiar.
So maybe you're heading to a dog class
or you're traveling on the road for a while.
And in my case, I fly a lot with my dogs
and I have to go to a lot of different airports.
And unfortunately, airports aren't always the greatest place
to find areas for your dog to go to the washroom.
There's been times when I've only had
a very small piece of grass that they have to go on,
or even just concrete itself.
And the fact that my dogs can go to the bathroom
quickly when I ask them to,
and they're not as picky about the location,
it makes my 10-hour trip to Europe a lot less stressful
knowing that they're down below
and they've relieved themselves and they're comfortable.
Teaching your puppy to go to the bathroom on command
is both easy and convenient,
and it really doesn't take that long to do.
So the next time that you're late for something,
or there's a snow storm outside
and you have to take your puppy to go to the bathroom,
you're gonna be very thankful
that they will go quickly on command for you.
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