Obedience Training Dogs- Housebreaking a Puppy

Obedience Training Dogs

Every puppy makes mistakes and this is going to take time and consistency. Any 6-8 week old puppy will need to go potty every 2-3 hours. They also require going after eating and sleeping. But, this should not take too long to accomplish without upsetting the household or work schedule. Obedience training dogs is not hard, the main concept is time and consistency.

Pick an area – inside

  • Line the designated spot with newspaper or training pads.
  • Take your dog to the spot on a regular schedule.
  • Change the mat often, but leave a little spot of dried urine there.
  • Reward your dog for going in the spot.

Puppy training pads are useful here if you are not able to be home all day. Also, invest in a baby gate and put food and water on one side, pads and paper on the other side. Your pup will sleep a lot at first, so invest in a cheap fitted for puppy bed. Remember, chewing will happen, that is just natural. Maybe put chew toys, play toys in his/her area.

  • Pick area for puppy to recognize that’s easy for your dog to access.
  • Line the area with old newspaper or the more absorbent pads on the market made just for this
  • Take puppy to the spot about every 30 mins., then eventually every 2-3 hours, especially after eating or sleeping
  • Change the padding each time puppy needs to go, but do leave a few drops of his/her urine for the smell
  • Give positive reinforcement like treats for pottying at the designated spot
  • Pick an area -outside fenced area

If you are lucky enough to have a fenced in yard, this will be a breeze!

  • Setting up a routine is essential
  • Tools needed are a collar and leash
  • At first take puppy out frequently, every 30 mins. to an hour daily
  • Puppy will soon realize that he relieves himself outside, but if mistakes happen simply clean it up AFTER you have taken puppy to designated area. If your lucky enough to “catch” him/her peeing, then simply pick puppy up and take him to the area you have designated for him/her. Punishing a puppy or grown dog will only teach them to distrust you and you will have many other issues to deal with. Especially if puppy is afraid of you, there will be obvious signs like shaking, keeping their ears down or shy from you. Animals like humans actually learn more effectively by positive reinforcement or praise, not hurting them. Of all the things you can do with puppy, HITTING them is NEVER OK.

Pick an area- the entire fenced in area is their domain

This is my favorite way. Through the years I have always made sure my back door opens to a fenced in area. This way, they just go to the door, mostly whine and sometimes scratches at the door. Simply open the door and puppy will find their favorite spot.

A puppy or adult dog will not potty where they sleep. They will only if they have no other choice and this is YOUR fault not the animals fault.

Every week I will poop scoop. This is very simple. I have a cheap plastic bucket with a handle, I line it with a trash bag and use a child’s rake and a scooper. The one I use costs less than $5.00 at the nearest dollar store. Then I simply tie the bag up and put in the outside trash. The main purpose is to keep puppy from rolling or playing in his/her poop. It also gets poop out of the way for the ones that want to eat poop. For those pups, I suggest keeping your tools handy, outside of course under some type roof or cover the bag until you are ready to dispose of it. The main thing is for puppy not to have access to this bucket.

As Puppy Grows

By 3 to 4 months your puppy will still have accidents, but it is less likely it is intentional. Puppies in particular have smaller bladders and may have to poop at a moments notice.

Be consistent in training puppy to his/her area to relieve themselves. By 6 months puppies should have greater control of bowel and bladder. Obedience training dogs can be challenging but so worthwhile. The days of rubbing their noses in their own mess and using a newspaper to “spank” your puppy is outdated and just plain misinformation. This old tactic only teaches puppy distrust and anxiety.

 

Here is to Many Years of Happiness!

By now, puppy has been trained. Remember the simple rules of:

Pick area for puppy to recognize that’s easy for your dog to access.

  • Line the area with old newspaper or the more absorbent pads on the market made just for this
  • Take puppy to the spot about every 30 mins., then eventually every 2-3 hours, especially after eating or sleeping
  • Change the padding each time puppy needs to go, but do leave a few drops of his/her urine for the smell
  • Give positive reinforcement like treats for pottying at the designated spot

As outlined in the beginning of the article, never “punish” your puppy for mistakes. I’ve owned many dogs, which came to me as puppies and positive reinforcement has never failed. Breeds I have owned are the simple Mutt, Husky, Weimaraner, Doberman, Red-boned hounds, German Shepard, Chow and a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. All had different personalities, but the one common trait was loyalty and wanting to please.

Good Luck to you and puppy, once the housebreaking is finished you will enjoy a happy, well-adjusted

companion for life.

All The Best,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

Author: Sheila

Bella would shy away during feeding time, due to Chase guarding both bowls. I took action as she was actually losing weight

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