is about two things: preventing the dog from making a mistake and praising
him like gold is pouring from his body when he goes in an appropriate
elimination area. Housebreaking is actually very simple. No matter how
crazy and out of control a situation may seem, it is always cured by preventing
undesired behavior and rewarding appropriate behavior. Interpreted, housebreaking
is about what you do, not what your dog does. If you do not allow your
dog or puppy to have an accident in the house, he starts to respect that
area as his living space.
Dogs are creatures of habit, so be prepared. Before your dog or puppy comes home, pick an appropriate elimination spot.
Schedule all meals and water because INPUT = OUTPUT. Take away water three hours before bed.
Confine the dog when you cannot watch him. During the day, crate a puppy up to two to three hours and an adult dog up to four hours. At night keep dogs crated in the bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, etc.
At all other times, the dog should be with you on a leash, under strict off-leash supervision, or with you on a tie-down.
Potty times for puppies are:
Do not give a puppy a chance to make a mistake. Take him out every twenty to thirty minutes to one hour, depending on the puppy's age.
To teach elimination on command:
When there is an accident:
Paper training and dog doors are crutches that usually make housebreaking more, rather than less difficult because the dog never builds up bladder and bowel control. The dog is not reliable in the way that most owners desire.
There are times when a dog just cannot help himself and soils inappropriately. The dog may be ill or may be responding in a submissive or excited manner to an overwhelming stimulus. Take the dog for medical treatment for the former, and work on confidence building and desensitizing the dog to whatever triggers the urination for the latter.
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