Housebreaking Aids for the New Puppy
Housebreaking training is an activity that needs plenty of effort and patience. It begins the moment the puppy arrives home. Those responsible for training the newcomer will notice that it relieves it...
Housebreaking training is an activity that needs plenty of effort and patience. It begins the moment the puppy arrives home. Those responsible for training the newcomer will notice that it relieves itself close to some six times a day. A good time to bring the dog outside is after promptly after each meal, given that a full stomach applies pressure on the colon and bladder.
A puppy is not yet physically capable of controlling the muscle that holds the pee until it reaches 12 weeks of age. Prior to this, consistent and persistent housebreaking aids should be drilled again and again to prevent the dog from relieving itself all over spots in your house. Be ready to bring out your dog the moment you see it showing signs of urinating or defecating (e.g. it will turn in circles). Bring your puppy out often. One detail that cannot be overlooked is that the spot that is not an agreed-on relief spot must always be cleaned even of the waste's scent; otherwise, a dog will keep coming back to spots where it can still smell its own urine.
There are plenty of methods for housebreaking training, just as there are plenty of dog personalities. Whatever you pick, you need to know what is the best way to communicate things to your puppy. Things are easier if we keep in mind that dogs at heart really are eager-beaver pleasers; to do it, they need to understand what it is you need.
To understand dogs, we start off with the fact that dogs are a good mile away when it comes to process thinking, compared to humans. Take for example your unhappiness. When you feel something negative with your dog, it interprets that whatever it is doing at the exact moment you show disapproval is the root of your disappointment. Below is a more concrete example, this time about eliminating.
Let's say the puppy defecates on the floor, and and you blow your top over it five minutes after the deed was done. The result of this is that the puppy will think that the mess on the floor is the problem. But the real problem is that the dog (through no fault of his) misses the idea that its act of relieving himself on your floor is what you disliked about it. And this will keep on happening: the dogs relieves itself in inappropriate places, then it watches you disapproving and looks really guilty about it, but they continue doing it.
Some owners mistook their dog's sneaky attitude as a sort of hard-headedness to admitting it is wrong, when in fact the dog's problem is that it does not fully understand what it is doing wrong. So it is clear to the dog that the sight of the poo makes you feel bad, but what it cannot comprehend is that it can do something about the mess. It may be hard to believe, but your dog cannot see the relation between "the mess" and "the act". So what can possibly be the way out of this?
To solve it, simply catch your dog in the act and tell it in firm words that it is doing something bad-- there is no need to hit, by the way. Use the tone of your voice to show your dog it is on the wrong. If you do not know how, then a clear "No! Don't do that again!" is enough. If the dog is not through yet, why not lift it and bring it outside to the relief spot? Wait for your dog to do it again, and if he acts correctly, lavish it with praise. Again, keep in mind that praise is essential here.
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Richard Cussons reveals his effective housebreaking aids to dog owners around the world. Check out bedogsavvy.com to achieve successful result in dog housebreaking training.