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Eliminate on Command

A Helpful Method

Teaching your dog to eliminate on command is helpful, especially for maintaining a routine and managing potty breaks efficiently. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you teach this behavior:

 1. Choose Your Command
Decide a word or phrase to use whenever you want your dog to eliminate. Typical commands include"go potty" Hurry up," or"do your business." Use the same command consistently to avoid confusing your dog.

2. Observe and Schedule
Monitor your dog's natural elimination patterns and create a consistent schedule for feeding and going outside. Typically, puppies must go outside first thing in the morning, after each meal, after napping, and before bedtime.

3. On-Leash Guidance
Take your dog to the designated potty area on a leash. This helps keep your dog focused and prevents them from playing or getting distracted.

 4. Use the Command
As your dog begins to sniff around and show signs of readiness to eliminate, calmly say your command. It is essential to say the command only when you anticipate your dog is about to go, not after they have already started or finished.

5. Reward Immediately
When your dog finishes eliminating, reward it with praise and a treat. This positive reinforcement will help the dog associate eliminating with the command and the reward.

 6. Be Patient and Consistent
Be patient if your dog doesn't go when you give the command. Wait a few minutes; if nothing happens, take the dog inside and try again later. It can take a few weeks for a dog to respond reliably to the command.

7. Avoid Punishment
If accidents happen indoors, clean them up without showing anger or frustration. Punishing your dog can lead to anxiety, which may complicate the training process.

8. Gradually Phase Out Treats
As your dog responds more quickly to the command, gradually reduce the frequency of treats but continue with verbal praise. This transition helps maintain the behavior without a constant need for food rewards.

By following these steps consistently, your dog should begin to understand and respond to your command for elimination. Remember, every dog learns at their own pace, so patience and consistency are key!

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