Boston Terrier Potty Training In 6 Steps
When bringing a dog into your home for the first time, potty training—also known as educating your dog not to poo or pee indoors—will be on your mind.
Housebreaking (or house-training) goes hand in hand with crate training because you teach your puppy the house rules through it.
Boston Terrier potty training is crucial for a well-behaved puppy and a home free of accidents!
How to potty train a Boston Terrier
Be aware that it will take your Boston Terrier puppy up to six months to fully potty train him.
Knowing what to anticipate right away…
You should also know that much will depend on how well you house-train him.
A small dog that needs training is similar to a baby in that both require complete reliance on the trainer until they “learn.” I think it’s essential to be aware of your obstacles to put your energy into the most effective training efforts.
After that, let’s begin housebreaking your Boston Terrier!
Boston Terrier toilet location
Where should your puppy relieve itself?
Choosing your dog’s toilet spot is one of the initial actions you could take to establish a routine.
Choose a place that won’t become too muddy, is relatively calm, and is simple to get there.
For instance, choose a corner in the garden that isn’t too close to the streets so your dog won’t be distracted when it’s time for him to potty.
For city dogs, pick a convenient spot close to your home.
Use puppy pads or designate a particular spot of the house for your dog to relieve himself, according to an insider tip. One of these solutions entails replacing the puppy pad after your dog eliminates it to reduce the option to prevent your dog from being able to smell the spot.
However, you must train your dog to feel at peace in whichever setting you decide. Given how good of a sense of smell dogs have, this is quite simple to execute.
After just one mishap, your dog will ultimately learn the spot (both peeing and pooping). The smell of your dog’s poop and urine will trigger his desire to relieve himself, making the entire process unnecessary.
It’s essential to reward him immediately when he uses the designated toilet, particularly when first starting toilet training. You encourage him to keep up his good behaviour by doing this.
Although it would seem more practical to let your dog eliminate himself in the garden on his own, this presents a challenge when you put him outside on a lead (he will stop wherever or not at all).
If you’ve taught your dog to eliminate while wearing a lead, he’ll be more comfortable using the potty when wearing one. This will assist you in taking your dog to the chosen bathroom spot (i.e. when going for walks).
Boston Terriers’ Potty Signs
It makes a difference when you start Boston’s potty training if you keep an eye on your dog so you can spot pre-potty indications.
The majority of pups have a routine before eliminating potty. The following are the cautionary signs:
- Your dog cries.
- His tail is being raised.
- He keeps going around in circles.
- Your dog meticulously scours the ground in quest of the appropriate location.
- He paces frantically.
- At the door to his bathroom, he chafes.
- He steps away from the playing area.
- Your Boston squats
As soon as you see these signs, please stop your actions, put on his leash, and lead him to his chosen potty spot. If you arrive too late, don’t penalize him. Instead, make to anticipate his needs by maintaining a schedule.
Potty schedule for Boston Terriers
A schedule promotes good behaviour and teaches your dog that every activity, including eating, playing, walking, sleeping, and even peeing and pooping, has an appropriate time. A consistent mealtime schedule will also lead to a consistent elimination schedule.
In addition to keeping an eye out for potty signs or clues, the following situations are likely to necessitate your Boston Terrier needing to relieve himself:
- Early in the morning (immediately after he wakes up).
- Each time after a meal.
- Following a drink of water.
- Right after waking up from a nap.
- During and after playing in play and physical activities.
- When he finished chewing on his toys.
- Following any fervour.
- After a car ride.
- When you see or smell another dog defecate.
- When he exits his playpen or crate.
- In the late evening (before he sleeps).
As you can see, your dog needs to go outside frequently. But don’t worry, he won’t need to go outside as frequently as he does now as he gets older.
Can Boston Terriers Maintain Bladder Hold for a Long Time?
Your puppy won’t have control over his bladder and bowels until he is 16 weeks old. He won’t be able to “hold it” for very long at this point.
Because of this, when potty training your Boston Terrier—or any other dog, for that matter—the key it’s to be aware of the warning signs and adhere to a schedule!
Insider Hint: For every month they live, puppies can generally hold their bladder for an hour. However, hold off on pushing him too close to his limit at first till you are more familiar with his prerequisites for elimination.
Your pup will frequently need to go potty every:
You can anticipate your child’s potty needs and reduce accidents indoors with enough practice. But you should also expect your puppy to cause a few mishaps.
Don’t be upset when things happen. Just give your dog extra time to learn on. Remember in mind that dogs learn by repetition. By rewarding your pup each time he uses his designated potty spot, you reward excellent practice and reinforce this behaviour.
See the “Because Accidents Will Happen…” section for further cleaning tips.
The Potty Train Procedure for a Boston Terrier Puppy
Note: These techniques can train Boston Terriers of any age, including puppies. Their methods for potty training are the same. There is only one distinction: An adult dog has a much greater capacity to hold it than a pup.
#1: Pick a bathroom location.
As I previously mentioned, choosing a place for your dog to pee and poop is the first stage in potty training.
Depending on your tastes and the situation, decide whether you want to potty train your dog inside or outside. I decided on a spot in my garden because I think it’s more hygienic and offers many options.
If walking outside is not an option, use a particular spot in your houses, such as the bathroom or balcony.
#2: Go to a restroom with your BT.
Take your dog right away to his chosen potty spot while wearing a leash whenever you let him out into the yard, or you feel he might need to relieve himself on time.
Until he goes to the restroom, keep quiet. After he’s done, reward him right immediately to encourage this behaviour. You can pat him, give him a treat, or do something fun with him. I usually touch his head and say, in a cheerful voice, “Good boy.”
Just be mindful not to interfere with his efforts to finish and ensure he has. Also, hold off going back inside straight away. If not, he might interpret it as a punishment and quickly learn to suppress his emotions rather than hold them.
After a bit, if he hasn’t used the potty, go inside and try again in, like, ten minutes.
Insider Advice: By keeping your Boston on a leash, you can keep him from stopping between destinations and going potty before getting to his spot.
Your pup cannot wander and is less prone to become distracted when on a leash.
Finally, you can make an eye on him to ensure that he uses the bathroom.
#3: Practice the “Potty Command.”
Avoid using your word as a command when you first start potty training. Before continuing, ensure your dog has connected the word and the action.
Once your puppy is comfortable with his assigned potty spot and eliminates when you take him there, you can practice using the “potty” command.
It doesn’t matter what he’s doing; I always say, “pee.” Whether you say “potty” or anything more discreetly phrased, make sure you (and everyone else) always use the same command.
If he isn’t squatting, wait to give the command. This way, your Boston Terrier will associate the knowledge and the activity.
You might instruct your dog to use the potty at his assigned spot to advance your training. Say the cue word “go potty” or “go pee” in a loud, encouraging voice. At the same time, point to his potty spot with your finger.
You can practice this out first, close to where he is standing, then move a step away. By the time of the training, your puppy will respond to a command to go to his spot.
Try not to repeat the cue too frequently; otherwise, it will sound like noise to him. I will hold that this is easier said than done because I still struggle to control my mouth. It’s something to keep in mind, keep practising, and keep in mind!
#4: Constantly keep an eye on your BT
Until you are sure of your BT’s dependability, you shouldn’t let him roam around the house unattended. He should be kept nearby or under close observation instead.
In this situation, crate training comes in quite handy. Along with educating him to be independent for a while, keeping an eye on your dog is essential. Additionally, there won’t be as many restroom accidents.
Furthermore, dog-proofing your home and garden will ensure he is safe and protected.
If you can’t actively watch over your Boston, you can confine him to a crate, playpen, or gated safe area (dog room) for a while.
#5: Follow a toilet schedule
When taking him to the bathroom, remember to follow the potty schedule instructions I mentioned above.
Utilizing our “Potty Training Chart” will simplify for you (and everyone in your home) to keep track of your Boston Terrier’s toilet habits.
You can note when he regularly eats and uses the restroom. This will give you a general indication of when he will likely need to leave the house again.
#6: Keep your integrity no matter what.
To get the most out of potty training, follow this technique consistently throughout the day. The more regularly you employ this technique, the faster your Boston Terrier puppy will learn where to relieve himself. Repetition and consistency are essential for him to know.
Furthermore, reinforcing his conduct will motivate him to carry on with it. Your objective is to make your dog feel that going outside is the best thing!
A routine tells your Boston what to expect as well!
Once you are confident that his training is complete, you can begin (very) gently reducing your praise. Then you can let him go outdoors on his own and give him a reward when he returns inside.
The Basics of Potty Training
You don’t need much.
But it’s essential to maintain cleanliness in your dog’s potty area. Because if the area becomes too filthy, your Boston might find another place to relieve himself.
This is the strategy I use:
The toilet scooter
After your dog uses the bathroom in his assigned area, make to clean up any waste. I use a pooper scooper. I prefer a two-piece pooper scooper with a rake, bin, or tray. It is sturdy, hygienic, and comfortable to use.
I also keep it in a garden corner with an available bin.
Although I don’t, the pooper scooper can be used with poop bags. However, I found that these poop bags helped remove messes from the house and pack with us when we go for walks or leave the house.
During potty training, home accidents are inevitable, but how you address them can prevent them from happening again.
These are the three scenarios you might find:
- You catch your dog in the act.
- You find the Evidence.
- Your trained dog keeps having accidents inside the house.
You can take the following steps in each situation:
What to Do If You Catch Your Dog In The Act
If your dog is about to use the bathroom inside or you catch them doing it, try to stop them by yelling at them loudly and directing them towards the garden.
It’s important to avoid punishing your dog since he can begin to associate going to the bathroom in front of you with punishment. In the future, your dog might develop a dread of using the toilet in your presence and wait until you get home before slipping away into a secret place.
Even if your Boston Terrier makes a mistake initially, give him lots of praise when he uses the bathroom.
What to Do If You Find the Evidence
If you weren’t there to catch your dog breaking the act, there isn’t much you can do. If you correct Boston after the show, nothing will change. He won’t associate the punishment with the earlier actions.
It is best to clean up accidents to avoid controversy. Again, try not to yell, smack, press his nose in it, point to the spot, or snarl even though it is your carpet. He won’t be conscious of your annoyance.
When cleaning up after your dog, avoid away from any household cleaners that contain ammonia. Your dog will mark the area once more if this organic substance is found in its pee.
How to Deal with a House-Trained Dog That Is Still Having Accidents Inside
One of the many reasons a Boston will relieve himself inside the house is that he is not housebroken. For instance, if someone is nervous about being left alone, he might act this way.
Due to their social nature, dogs get lonely and bored when left alone for long periods.
Your dog might continue to defecate inside due to
- Urine marking: If your pup is older than three months old and infrequently poops on vertical surfaces, he may be urine marking. Young male dogs frequently elevate their rear legs during this action.
- Separation anxiety: Your puppy may be experiencing this condition if he only soils the carpet when left home alone, even for a short time. If that’s the case, you might observe that he begins to act anxious or upset right before you leave him alone.
- Excitement or submissive urination: If your Boston Terrier only urinates during greetings, play, or physical contact, he may display excitement or submissive urination. If this is the case, you might also observe that your pup behaves submissively around other animals. He might tremble or flinch, roll onto his stomach, tuck or lower his tail, droop his head, avoid away from his eyes, flatten his ears, or perform any combination of the actions mentioned above.
- A Change in Diet: If you recently altered the quantity or type of food you give your puppy, he may start experiencing issues with urinating in the house. Changes in food frequently cause loose stools or diarrhoea in puppies. He might need to poop more regularly or on a different schedule than before the food change.
However, if the previous steps are not working and you think there may be a deeper problem, you can:
- Ask your veterinarian to ensure it isn’t a medical issue like a stomach disease or a urinary tract infection (UTI).