About this course
Establish These 3 Locations
1. Eating Location
2. Sleeping Location
3. Bathroom Location
We need to discuss potty training and crate training right away because one thing your dog is guaranteed to do is eat, sleep, pee and poop!
If you take action and guide your pup through this process from the beginning you will set your pup up for quicker success.
Giving your pup some structure to this process is going to help your dog become a confident trusted member of your family.
The following videos in this chapter are going to walk you through our systematic approach to potty.
If done correctly this should get your dog on a schedule so they know what will be expected of them.
Your task for this lesson is to establish three locations that will remain the same throughout this entire course. You need a place you are going to feed the dog every time, a place where the dog will go to the bathroom every time, and a place where you will keep the dog's crate for sleeping.
To help prevent separation anxiety, we recommend you do not put the crate in your bedroom but close enough to your bedroom that you will be able to hear the puppy at night, if/when they whine.
(You can also use a security camera app on your phone with audio or a baby monitor to listen for your puppy at a greater distance.)
Your crate location should also be safe and quiet during the daytime as well, because there is going to be a lot of napping going on during the day and the night. There will also be times during the day where your puppy needs to be left alone to help establish self confidence.
The reason why we won’t have a specific place for training and playing is because these locations are going to change as the training and structured play progresses. You still want to have your initial classroom picked out that you will use for the beginning phases of training.
Remember, the majority of accidents inside the house happen when the dog is unsupervised. You can prevent this by only letting them out to explore and play when you can give them your full attention, and I mean full attention! The moment they start to look like they might want to pee or poop you’re going to have to grab them and take them outside.
Gradually give your puppy more access to your house.
Start off small in one room and grow from there.
The world is a pretty big place for a small pup.
So, figure out those three places and then you’re ready to move on to the next video!
Exercise : Talk with your family or neighbors if you have either and establish the best place for your dog to go to the bathroom. Depending on where you live you might have to pick up your dogs poop so be prepared for that as well.
Graduation Goal : Have your food, sleep, and bathroom locations established.
Resources : Poop Bag Link https://amzn.to/2HlvGNm
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