BARK POTTY: TRAINING 101

Bark Potty is designed to be the most automatic dog potty solution. The natural smell of the bark entices dogs to “go”. Many dogs just “get it” and use it right away! More often than not, dogs that don’t “get it” quickly just need a little training to get them used to it!

Training Is Not Hard:

Get your dog to use Bark Potty by saying “Go Pee” and reward with praise and treats immediately upon success. We call this a “Pee-Reward Cycle.” If you can get this to happen one time you can easily repeat the cycle, and a habit will be built. Don’t be overwhelmed and just focus on one Pee-Reward Cycle for now.

Prepare Yourself For The Very First Use:

We’ve found that many dogs mark the Bark Potty (pee on it) the very first time they smell it. Don’t waste the first possible moment for a successful Pee-Reward Cycle- be prepared with a treat!

The Four Ingredients Of The Pee-Reward Cycle:

  1. A HIDDEN treat in your pocket: It’s important to have the treat ready to be immediately given upon success, yet hidden so it does not distract.
  2. A Full Bladder: A good “go time” is early in the morning just after waking up. Consider curtailing walks during training because your dog will “hold it” if they feel a walk is imminent.
  3. A “Marked” Bark Potty: Use one of the included pheromone sprays on the center of the Bark Potty before the dog is exposed to it for the first time. (Continue reading for other easy marking options).
  4. Be Persistent: Take the dog to the unit and say “go pee” and if they don’t go try again in 30-60 minutes. You may have to try multiple times with a stubborn dog but with persistence, they’ll get it.
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LEARN TO THINK LIKE A DOG…

Treats Will Trump Other Instincts:

Food, or treats, are one of a dog’s top motivators- this is why dogs are so amazingly well suited for training and domestication. Use this to your advantage with treat-based training.

Dogs Use Their Urine To “Defend” their Territory:

Dogs strongly defend their territory when they smell another dog nearby, They will mark over the other dog’s scent by peeing over the same spot. For you, making the bark smell like another dog has been there is powerful and easy to do!

Spritz one of the included spray bottles on the Bark Potty. It contains a pheromone scent that mimics the smell of another dog. If after a few attempts, your pup still doesn’t want to mark their territory, try the other spray bottle! It contains a different pheromone that your dog may find more attractive.

Another great option is to wipe the actual scent of another dog on the Bark Potty. Use a damp paper towl to wipe hard surfaces where other dogs go (a hydrant, wall, etc). Place it in a plastic baggy to bring home where you will wipe/wring the scent onto the Bark Potty. The urine of other mammals (including humans!) will also work but only with urine that your dog will NOT consider part of their pack.

Dogs Use Their Urine to “Attack” New Territory:

Dogs like to mark as far away from their home as possible to make their territory as large as they can. As such, they’ll hold it so they can go while out on a walk, rather than waste it by marking near home. As such, you may need to curtail walks during the training period until you and your dog get into the pee-reward rhythm.

Prepare Yourself For The Very First Use:

We’ve found that many dogs mark the Bark Potty (pee on it) the very first time they smell it. Don’t waste the first possible moment for a successful Pee-Reward Cycle- be prepared with a treat!

Dogs Don’t Hang Out Where They “Go” And Don’t “Go” Where They Hangout:

Don’t feed your dog or let them relax on the Bark Potty. You don’t want your pup to associate the Bark Potty with lounging or eating. However, never scold your dog while on the Bark Potty – just gently lead them off the unit. If your dog tears at the box, gently dissuade that behavior and if it persists, contact us so we can give you more personalized advice and tips!

Remember, just start with one Pee-Reward cycle at a time & the rest will fall into place!

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