When you get a new puppy, the first thing you want to do is train your new family member to obey the rules of his new home ‘” and that includes toilet training. Some breeds are more difficult and seem to resist the training, which is usually due to a stubborn streak. The terrier breeds of dog seem to fit into that classification. However, despite the resistance, with a good amount of patience on your part, your terrier can be toilet trained.
Terriers tend to be very territorial and like to “mark their spot.” They also have a mind of their own and feel they do not need to follow commands and rules. The terrier is a very intelligent dog, but it is also very independent and inquisitive. Be very firm and patient with the terrier as he resists training. The terrier will learn very quickly what he can get away with. Set the ground rules to confront his resistance to toilet training, and be persistent to achieve success.
Give the terrier a lot of praise when he does what you expect. Use the reward system. To start a potty training program, use newspaper, puppy pads and/or a puppy litter box. Providing a comfortable crate just big enough for a comfy bed is necessary for when you are not at home or when your dog is left unattended. Most dogs will not potty where they sleep.
Whenever your dog gets up, take him to the potty place where you expect him to go. Meal times should be on a regular schedule, usually twice daily. Immediately after he eats and drinks, take him to the potty place. Whenever you take him to that special spot, point to the spot and use a one-word command, such as “potty” or “poo.” Dogs relate more to short commands and are able to correlate a command with a gesture. Take him to the potty place right after an exercise or playtime regimen and before going to bed, and withhold water at night a couple of hours prior to bedtime.
Since your terrier is very resistant to toilet training, it is important that you keep a close eye on him while training him. When you are home, connect a 6-foot leash from your to your dog so you will be aware of when he needs to go out. Your dog may get more nervous or start turning in circles. Immediately take him to the potty spot. Don’t forget the praise and food treats if he does something right. Never give your dog the run of the house until you are sure he is completely housebroken.
Never hit your dog ‘” a stern voice is all that is needed. Do not rub your dog’s nose in his mess to tell him it is the wrong place to go. Do not scold him if you did not actually catch him in the act of making a mess in the house as he has no idea what he did wrong. Positive reinforcement works more effectively than punishing.