Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Housebreaking

I thought I would take a few moments and discuss basics of housebreaking your dog.  Nothing is more important to a dog owner than for their dog to go at the right place and in the right time.  We're talking about using the bathroom.  Here are some quick tips I've learned over the years regarding teaching a dog to "do it" outside, and how to keep a nice, clean, inside:



  • Puppy pads (aka potty or pee pads): puppy pads are great, but be aware they may be tempted to go in that familiar puppy-pad spot -- indoors -- where they used to use the bathroom.
  • Frequently outside: you can also opt to simply take your pet outside often: after eating, every hour, first thing in the morning, etc.  A reward for going outside will encourage.
  • Use positive reinforcement and treats over negative reinforcement.
  • Do not "rub their nose" in it.  This tens to only confuse your dog.
  • Keep a consistent schedule for taking your dog outside, and don't stray from it.
  • If your dog does go inside, immediately take them outside to finish.
  • Never punish, especially after the fact.  It is too late any how once they are done, and especially if they have walked away and time has passed.
  • Consistency is key.  Waiting for too long between bathroom times will increase the chance of an accident.  The onus is on you, not your pup, to make sure they get outside.  If possible, have a friend or family member to fill-in in case you cannot be there when the time comes for them to go outside and do their business.
  • Patience is key, in both waiting for them to adapt and learn how to go outside, and then giving them that time to 'check their facebook page' so-to-speak.  Dogs need to visit the outside and smell around, and go when they are ready.
  • Never raise your voice if they go inside, never punish, always encourage.  Dogs want us to be happy with them.  We just need to give them time to see what it takes to do so.



Molly using the potty outside like a good girl!


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