Housetraining. Perhaps the most feared aspect of getting a new companion animal. Oh certainly, it’s no challenge to fall in love with that cute face, and they strive so hard to please you! If only you could explain to them that you need them to go outside to potty!
The basic premise of housetraining, whatever specific method you choose, will require you to let the pet in and out, observe them while outside and reward them appropriately. After a suitable amount of time, generally not more than a few weeks, you can tell that your delight is getting the hang of it. However, perhaps they’ve not developed a signal you recognize asking to be let out. Perhaps they don’t seem to realize that they need to go out with enough warning. Perhaps you’ve dedicated enough time to this process and find that you are engrossed in other projects when their need has come and then gone, all over your floor. You encourage yourself that at least it was near the door and clean it up, promising to pay closer attention and you do, but still you have the occasional accident when you forget.
With a comfy fenced yard beyond that back door, a dog door can be a fabulous option to aid in this stage of housetraining and beyond. While it’s still important to observe your dog and verify various aspects of health by supervising them when they exercise, a dog door can actually reinforce housetraining as the dog can get out and go when they need to. The early stages of housetraining must be in place for the dog to understand this guidance so they must have a handle on the concept that you want them to go out but once they have that, you can then enjoy the assistance of a dog door to help insure against accidents.
SWAT Adopters receive a 10% discount off the purchase price of a Hale Pet Door product. Hale will also send a check for that same amount to SWAT as a gift to them. It is their way of saying “thank you for opting to adopt and thereby save a life.”
Hale Pet Doors can go through walls, doors, screens, French doors, windows units and sliding glass doors.
Visit halepetdoor.com or call 888-293-6411. When you order, mention that you adopted from Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue and the date of adoption.