Puppyhood is temporary. Bad habits last a lifetime. The “Puppy Training Behavior Quiz” can help.
- Is your puppy mastering house training? (or is your puppy training you?)
- Does excessive chewing, mouthing, nipping, or biting concern you?
- Do you know how to get your puppy to listen when he isn’t interested in treats?
- Does your puppy accept being confined or restrained in your absence?
- Will your puppy ‘leave it’ or ‘drop it’ on command?
- Is your puppy’s play style appropriate? (or does he get carried away?)
- Do you know the best way to deal with puppy temper tantrums?
If you answered “no” to some of these “Puppy Training Behavior Quiz” questions or if you just want to learn the easiest, most positive methods for raising the BEST DOG you’ve ever owned, enrolling in House-puppy and Obedience Puppy classes is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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- Preview of what we cover the first week (scroll down)
- Puppy training class description (scroll down)
- Puppy play break
- Training tips
GREATEST HOUSE BREAKING MYTHS
1. The longer your dog is outside, the LESS LIKELY he is to mess in the house
Dogs enjoy playing, observing, and investigating when left alone outdoors but often forget about going potty. Therefore:
• Always watch and chant the “potty command” and teach your dog to GO POTTY fast
• Have your dog earn play time by pottying first and playing afterwards
2. If your dog goes potty outside it must be safe to give him freedom
Sometimes puppies and mature dogs will, for no apparent reason, relieve themselves several times in a short period. Even if your dog doesn’t soil the house, supervision may be crucial. TIE-OUT STATIONS prevent an untrained dog from discovering how to raid the garbage; steal laundry; jump on counters; or chew furnishings AND teach him to be relaxed.
(SCROLL DOWN PAGE TO SEE MORE EXAMPLES OF TIE-OUT SUCCESS*)
3. Once housebroken, ALWAYS housebroken
Certain conditions can cause very reliable dogs to backslide.
• Changes in diet disrupt normal elimination patterns.
• Weather variations (heat, cold, wet grass, rain and/or thunder) may make outings undesirable.
• New environments such as a new home, a friend’s house, or vacation home may not automatically be accepted as living quarters. No matter how beautiful, your dog’s natural reaction will likely be to treat these places like the great outdoors.
• Steroids and other medications, as well as pregnancy and the beginning of a heat cycle, will trigger unusually frequent elimination.
4. Dogs who can hold it in their cage, all night, or for extended periods are well on their way to being housebroken
Metabolism slows down with inactivity, therefore, even a totally untrained dog may not soil for six to twelve hours when caged. Dogs aren’t trained until they understand, “When I’m outdoors it’s okay to move about, explore and go potty but INSIDE I must ‘hold it’ when sniffing and playing.”
5. ALWAYS SCOLD when you see him going indoors
Some dogs leak (urinate submissively due to an emotional reflex) when they get excited or frightened. Some dogs get frantic when they are left alone and soil. To stop the inappropriate elimination:
• Teach the submissive wetter to concentrate on something other than his emotions by giving commands in an unemotional way or teaching PLATFORM TRAINING.
• Address the separation anxiety by teaching the dog to go in an out of enclosures on command, obeying a sit stay when you are out of sight and treating all arrivals and departures as non-events.
6. DOGS SHOULD INDICATE when they need to go out
Dogs often indicate when they want to go outdoors and play, instead of when they need to potty.
Also, many dogs will indicate frequently and always eliminate. If your dog is conditioned to going out every time he asks and either you’re not available or quick enough to respond, he may have to go because he hasn’t developed the capacity and control to hold it. Don’t encourage indication.
Instead, train puppies to control their elimination with supervision, proper diet and by following “potty break” schedule. After he’s trained, you can easily encourage him to let you know. But why would you need to?