Training Tips ... Housebreaking

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A dog who is not housebroken is a great inconvenience to its owner. You should remember not to be too lenient, nor too harsh with the puppy. Overindulgence may mean that your dog may use the living room as a bathroom. Too much discipline, however, may mean that in his effort, not to displease you, he will never again perform his natural functions ANYWHERE under ANY circumstances.

Training your puppy to use the outdoors is not really too complicated. Training should start with a constant vigil lasting four or five days and nights. It is best to start with two weeks vacation, so that you may devote the proper time and welfare to your puppy. After a week or so, catch up on your sleep.

When the outdoors cannot be reached in time, the newspaper technique may be more practical. Place the puppy on the newspaper every two hours. Soon he will perform as regularly as Old Faithful. Caution must be exercised about leaving newspapers on the floors or furniture.


In the early days, the puppy is only as reliable as the owner letting them out. Housebreaking is simply reinforcing the dog's natural desire to keep its territory clean. The training is to show the dog, that the house is now the territory and the outdoors is equivalent of two feet from the bedding.

It does no good to scream and yell when a puppy makes a mistake and pees on your best carpet. You, not the puppy, have been remiss. It takes time to learn territorial boundaries and what is permissible in each. Give the puppy ample time to learn its new parameters. Peeing by the door is a sign that you and your puppy are making good progress. Each time there is a mistake, take the puppy outside and tell it that this is the preferred area. Don't worry about what the neighbors will think. Tell your puppy how wonderful it is in exuberant terms.

You will reach the stage when your puppy makes almost no mistakes. Suddenly, there is a giant puddle in the middle of the living room carpet. Again, do not scream and yell. Consider the following: was your puppy excited or diverted by something? Who is really trained - your or the puppy? Perhaps more time and demonstration is needed.

In the early days, the puppy is only as reliable as the owner letting them out. Housebreaking is simply reinforcing the dog's natural desire to keep its territory clean. The training is to show the dog, that the house is now the territory and the outdoors is equivalent of two feet from the bedding.

It does no good to scream and yell when a puppy makes a mistake and pees on your best carpet. You, not the puppy, have been remiss. It takes time to learn territorial boundaries and what is permissible in each. Give the puppy ample time to learn its new parameters. Peeing by the door is a sign that you and your puppy are making good progress. Each time there is a mistake, take the puppy outside and tell it that this is the preferred area. Don't worry about what the neighbors will think. Tell your puppy how wonderful it is in exuberant terms.

You will reach the stage when your puppy makes almost no mistakes. Suddenly, there is a giant puddle in the middle of the living room carpet. Again, do not scream and yell. Consider the following: was your puppy excited or diverted by something? Who is really trained - you or the puppy? Perhaps more time and demonstration is needed. 

Take your puppy out at regular intervals. After a nap or eating are the best times.

Go to the same spot each time.

Encourage your puppy to do the right thing with the command of your choice

Give hearty praise when the mission is accomplished & return your pup to the comforts of the house.

 

 


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