Potty Breaks

The younger a dog is the smaller their bladder and the more times they will need to potty. As a general rule of thumb for every month old they are they can hold it for one hour.

Urinary frequency in dogs will vary due to factors such as age, sex, body size and overall health. Typically, smaller breeds and younger dogs will need to urinate more frequently than larger breeds and older dog. The average healthy dog will produce approximately 10 to 20 ml of urine for each pound of body weight per day. Ideally adult dogs should be allowed outside to relieve themselves at least 3-5 times a day.

If you see the dog drinking water, allow 20 t0 30 minutes to go by then allow the dog to go potty if the dog does not urinate then try again in a half hour. Practicing this you will learn the timing of when the dog drinks, and how long after drinking when the dog will need a potty break.

When taking your dog on a potty break, your dog will urinate to scent, and will also urinate to empty its bladder. Try to wait for your dog to urinate at least 3 times, while potty training, before bringing the dog back into the house.

When your dog does urinate outdoors, be sure to praise the dog for doing the right thing.

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Dogs who act aggressive

(Stage 1) Dog aggression starts with a staring contest not the bark and growl session (stage 2). If the dog is watching the handler’s face and not looking at other dogs, aggression/dominance dances don’t start. To prevent the staring contest, there are handling exercises that I cover in all of my obedience classes to prevent this from starting.

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Dog Poison

If your dog eats any of the items on this list, you do NOT have to worry unless the object becomes lodged in the stomach or intestines, causing an obstruction.

• Acrylic paint
• Ballpoint pens
• Bath oil
• Bubble bath soaps
• Candles
• Chalk
• Citronella candles
• Cosmetics
• Crayons
• Deodorants
• Elmer’s glue
• Fabric softeners
• Glow jewelry
• Hair conditioner
• Hand lotion
• Incense
• Indelible markers

If you have any doubt, always call your vet or local emergency clinic. Hydrogen Peroxide is a good tool to keep on hand. Take Vet professional advice first before you make a dog vomit using hydrogen peroxide.

***Always contact your vet if your dog has ingested sharp objects***

Give a small dog only about a capful of hydrogen peroxide. Use the cap of a regular sized bottle of hydrogen peroxide–about a teaspoon full. Administer more–around 2 tablespoons–to a larger dog. Fill a syringe so that you can use it to inject the liquid down into your dog’s throat.

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