Breaking Down The Potty Training Process
I have a very quick video that I think you’ll find helpful if you’re trying to potty train a puppy right now, and some fun news.
First the fun news.
This last Monday, my videographer showed up to help me film the whole process of training my new Golden Retriever, Ginger. (and he’s VERY good)
This is both wonderful and bad at the same time.
Wonderful that we get to catch the footage, but BAD, because I’ve really been holding off on Ginger’s training, because I want to catch a lot of her bad mistakes on camera so YOU get to watch her breakthroughs.
So I’m excited to start curbing some of Ginger’s puppy behaviors.
If you didn’t know, dog training isn’t the only type of animal training I do, I also train birds with my brother, and that’s where I met our wonderful videographer, who will be the magic behind some of the dog training video trainings that we start releasing in the months ahead. It’s always been an area that was tough for me to bring you AMAZING training video, and with Ginger, and my videographer, I think those challenges are in the past.
Not that it has a THING to do with dogs, but if you’d like to see the QUALITY of video our editor can produce, check out this trailer to one of our Bird Training products.
But those updates aside, that’s not the reason I wanted to write to you today.
Instead I wanted to share a little homemade video of what the beginning stages of Potty Training Ginger look like.
But before you watch the video I want you to pay attention to a few things.
First, please understand that I am using a ‘capturing’ method of training in this clip. I am waiting for Ginger to go potty on her own decision, and I am then praising her for doing so, followed by a treat.
Secondly, you see me pause in a few different places. I stop on the deck for a few seconds, then I stop at the edge of my deck, and then I stop at the edge of my grass.
The reason I am stopping at these different distances, is that I am testing Ginger.
In the beginning of this potty training process, I actually had to walk onto the grass to provoke Ginger to go potty. So this video, where I actually stop at the edge of the grass is progress. The next goal is to stand on the deck while she goes potty, and eventually stand at the doorway, then to teach her to actually ask permission to go outside by ringing a bell.
Obviously I’m not there yet, but I thought it would be helpful for you to see just how much I breakdown the process of training.
Plus I just wanted to show you some footage of my little baby 😉
Usually the reason dog owners fail to get results with their dogs is because they ask too much of their dog at one time.
So if you’re struggling with a behavior issue with your dog, think about how you could break it down into more manageable steps.
And of course if you would like to learn the ENTIRE potty training process, I would highly encourage you to listen to an interview I did with a wonderful trainer, Amanda Brothers on Advanced potty training strategies.
I learned what I know from her, and she was kind enough to let me record an entire hour audio session with her that breaks down everything you need to know to quickly potty train dogs.