AS DOG OWNERS, we have brought these wonderful animals into our homes to love them & make them an integral member of our families. The more you include your dog in your everyday activities, the more he will bond with you & want to work for you. The more time you spend training him, the more he will learn what you expect.
Have you ever noticed how quickly your dog figured out that the door bell means someone is coming into the house? Or what the can opener means? Or what is going to happen when you put on your coat or bring out your suitcase? It seems almost magical that our little canine friends can interpret & process these cues so quickly. Dogs are very intelligent animals. Considering how closely we live with our dogs, we often don’t realize that we understand very little about them. In order to devise the best training methods possible, it helps to understand a little about why dogs behave like they do & what motivates them to learn. This means owners need to make a concerted effort to get an education on how to behave & interact with their dogs in a way that makes it easiest for their dogs to learn what they want & to understand the rules of your home.
Housebreaking Your Puppy
- Feed & water on a schedule
- Use a dragline. A dragline is a leash or rope that is approximately 8 to 10 feet in length that you can hold on to or tie around your waist for the first few weeks of housebreaking. The dragline allows you to be in close proximity to your puppy at all times to monitor his behavior & to notice when he is about to go potty.
- Use a crate for short intervals when you leave the house (usually no more than 2 to 4 hours at a time during the day.) Crate the puppy at night in your bedroom.
- Use the same door to exit the house each time for potty breaks.
- Take him out, on a leash, to the same 10×10 square foot area to eliminate.
- Use an elimination word only when the puppy is in the act of relieving himself.
- Use soft praise when the pup completes the act & take him back inside. This helps the puppy to understand that he is in the yard for the purpose of elimination and not for running around, digging holes or barking at the neighbors etc.
- When you are back inside the house, set the kitchen timer to alert yourself at set intervals (like every 1/2 hour, or one hour, or two hours etc,) so you will remember to take the puppy out again & thereby create a dependable schedule for both the puppy & you as the “supervisor”.
- No punishment for housebreaking accidents. Accidents are the result of an unsupervised puppy.
- Paper training or the use of Piddle Pads can sometimes confuse a puppy. If you want your puppy to eliminate outside, teach him that from the start.