How effective is a Doggy Door?
One of the biggest complaints we hear from customers about why they want their carpets cleaned is because their dog uses the potty all over the house. This not only can cause staining, but the odor soaks into the carpet fibers and the padding.
Housebreaking a dog is easy! If you’re lucky, that is. Most of the time, housebreaking a dog is somewhat of a challenge. There are many ‘tried and true’ approaches, but anyone that has had several dogs will tell you that the same routine doesn’t always work for every dog. One thing that most people who have one will tell you is, it is great to have is a doggy door.
Most of the time, most dogs love going outside, and that makes housebreaking a breeze. Using a doggy door comes naturally to many dogs. For others, they seem to be afraid of it and then there are some that just don’t understand what it is. So, before it becomes a help, you may need to help them out a little bit.
A Few Tips on teaching how to use the Doggy Door
First of all, don’t make them afraid of the door and forcing them in and out of the door, aka shoving them through it will do that. Coax your fur baby with praise and reward them a treat when they go through the door.
Next, don’t make training sessions any longer than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Start by holding the flap up totally at first for your dog and open it less and less, little by little. This will teach them to start pushing it open to get to the treat. Most, if not all doggy doors, come with magnets to hold them shut. You can remove the magnet to make it easier to push the flap open.
Another approach is to take the flap off temporarily and let your fur baby get accustomed to going in and out the opening for a bit. If you have an electronic pet door that sounds when activated, you can disable the electronics until your dog gets used to the door.
If you have more than one dog, when one gets used to using the doggy door, the others will often follow suit. Don’t get the smallest size you can find, you want it large enough so your dog can get in and out easily. If you have a puppy, keep in mind they do grow!
So if your dog has been having more accidents in the house and you haven't tried installing a doggy door yet, this just may be your answer to resolving the problem completely. Remember if he can let himself out when he needs to go it only figures he would have a lot fewer accidents in the house.