Initiating proper toilet training for puppies is quite simple in general. However, toilet training a Scottish Deerhound puppy is another matter altogether. It is a challenging task that requires a great amount of patience and a firm hand, on top of the basic potty training rules. This is basically because a Scottish Deerhound is naturally known for its stubbornness. Because it is not too interested in pleasing its owner, it tends to ignore your rules and instructions.
To start toilet training your Scottish Deerhound puppy, you have to instill in it the basic rule that it should neither relieve itself near its eating and playing area. This is actually natural instinct for most dogs but it will take your puppy longer to realize this. To ensure that it realizes this sooner, you should be the one to discipline it. Start by not giving it any form of affectionate gesture before it learns to urinate or remove its bowels elsewhere. But after it has successfully done as you please, then you can start praising or rewarding it.
To prevent your puppy from being confused with the commands you give, make sure that you only use one command all the time. You should also remember to give this command in a pleasant but firm tone because a Scottish Deerhound puppy is more receptive to following pleasant commands than harsh ones. Another thing that you have to keep in mind when potty training your puppy is to use only one route on the way to the potty area. Once your puppy is familiar with the path that you take to the potty area every time, it will become used to the regular pattern of the routine. This will be instilled in its mind and it will follow it even without you being around, whenever it feels the need to relieve itself. Always keep in mind though that every time your puppy sleeps, it would need to go potty when it wakes up. This will definitely lessen toilet-related accidents.
One of the most important things that you have to do when it comes to toilet training is to be lavish with the rewards that you give to your puppy each time it does things right. This way, it will associate going potty with receiving doggy treats and great affection, and it will do it on its own in due time.
The process of potty training your Scottish Deerhound puppy may be long, but the rewards that you will both reap in the end will be worthwhile. You would definitely deserve a pat in the back if you are able to toilet train one of the most stubborn dog breeds in the world. Just keep in mind that if you and your puppy won't get it right the first few weeks, there is no need to get frustrated easily. All you need is more patience and consistency, and soon you will get the results you want.