House Training Your Puppy – Ensure Success From the Beginning

House training your dog should begin from the moment your pup comes home. Whether you are dealing with a new puppy or plan to attempt older dog house training, the process should begin immediately. Introducing a newly adopted canine companion to your home is the ideal opportunity to start off on the right food, setting boundaries and rules from the get go. Your dog will have an easier time adjusting when he or she has set places for sleeping, eating, and relieving himself.

Dog housebreaking training is not always an easy undertaking. Dogs are naturally clean and will do whatever they can to avoid soiling their dens. This fact can work to a new owner’s advantage. Right away, let your dog learn where his or her crate is. Within a short time, your dog will learn the crate is a safe, comfortable place to be, provided it is properly introduced.

You can use the crate to confine your pup when you cannot keep a constant vigil over him or her. This will help minimize indoor accidents. However, this is only one way to house train a dog.

A schedule is an extremely handy tool when house training dogs. Canines are creatures of habit, and prefer the familiar. By maintaining a daily schedule, your dog will know what to expect and when. He or she will know exactly when it is time to go outside for relief, when it is time to eat, and when it is time to go into the crate.

When dealing with house training your puppy, the schedule should be very short. The younger the dog, the less time that should be between each potty session. Puppies have a more difficult time with bladder and bowel control. Their muscles are still developing. Dogs under four months of age should be let out during the night as well.

Never ignore your dog when he or she wants to go potty at night. Even if it is an inconvenience to you, it will be a bigger inconvenience on your pup’s training. By ignoring their pleas, you are forcing them two steps back and could potentially create dog house training problems. Always heed your puppies call when he tries to tell you he has to go.

Do not hit or punish your dog when accidents happen. Simply clean it up as best you can, eliminating as much scent as possible to avoid a recurrence and move on. When you punish your pup, he or she may become fearful of you. Even when adult dog house training, be patient and understanding when mishaps and accidents happen.

If you are willing to put forth the effort, time, and patience, your dog will succeed. Each dog is different, and some take longer than others to finally kick the bad indoor habit. Rest assured, the day will come when your dog will be completely accident free!

House Training Dogs – The Easy Way

In 1904 a Russian scientist, Ivan Pavlov created a series of experiments that became part of folklore. I’m referring to his famous “Pavlov’s Dog” project. In simple terms Pavlov applied stimulus (bells, electric shocks, sounded tuning forks etc) when his dogs were eating. Over time he found that the stimulus alone (e.g. the sound of the tuning fork) was enough to cause the dogs to salivate. The saliva production had become a conditioned, reflex response to the stimulus.

So what does that have to do with house training dogs? Well, everything really! Your goal is to create a conditioned, reflex response i.e. when your dog feels the urge to eliminate it should immediately feel the urgent desire to go outside to its bathroom area.

How to create the response
It’s a process that involves some trial and error (some things will work and some will not) and lots of patience. The good news is that you have total control over the most important part – you! That’s right! You! Your dog wants to please you and will do anything to make you happy so your actions will set the tone for the whole training.

Here’s the basic recipe:

  1. Figure out when your dog is likely to need to go. The most likely times are just after waking or after a meal. Watch carefully for the “signs” (they are different for each dog, but your pet’s should become obvious fairly quickly)
  2. Quickly and carefully pick your dog up and take it outside to the designated “toilet area”
  3. Wait until the dog has eliminated. When he’s finished make sure that you spend time praising him and making physical contact. This is the key point, use a happy, lively voice, your dog doesn’t speak English but he will understand your tone. If he thinks that you are happy he will start to form the association between you being happy and his bathroom visit. Repeat this a few times and he will understand that his elimination outside makes you happy and you’re pretty much done.
  4. Never, ever, ever get angry with your dog if he has an accident. The association process works both ways, if he thinks that you are angry with him because he went to the bathroom he may try to prevent him self from going and cause all kinds of medical problems.

Easy Ways to House Train Dogs

House training dogs is something that everyone who is a dog owner has to deal with at some point. In some instances it is much easier than others to make sure that the dog is able to exist in the house without tearing it apart. Fortunately, even the tougher dogs to train end up learning how to do it, it just may take longer. This article will focus on some of the challenges you may face and how to overcome them.

What is your dog’s personality?

In some cases, the dog may urinate in certain places in the house as a sign of respect to you. It’s their way of telling you that they submit. The urine that comes out during these moments is usually just a little bit. It and often happens when you are reprimanding them for something. This type of urinating is not done in secret it’s always done in front of you. If you notice this behavior, consult your veterinarian to see what you should do about it.

Does your dog have any physical ailments?

If you are having trouble house training dogs, they may have something wrong with them. For example, if the dog keeps urinating all over the house without waiting to go outside, consider that it may have a urinary tract infection or other problem that may be making it physically impossible to wait for you. So if you’re dog doesn’t seem to get it, take her to the vet to rule out the possibility of an infection.

Should you take the dog to obedience school?

If you are really having trouble house training your pet, you may need to take them to obedience school especially if all else fails. House training dogs can be frustrating, especially if they don’t seem to understand what they need to do. Obedience school can help control the dog’s personality and will also enhance the communication between you and your pet.

What is the best way?

House training dogs doesn’t need to be a challenge. The dog will usually learn how to do it based on positive feedback. When your dog goes to the bathroom outside make sure you praise him. If you are having a lot of trouble with housebreaking, you can start to give the dog a treat after she goes outside.