Hello Readers, I’ve found some interesting information for those of you who may have a new puppy or may already have a dog that’s not trained. I’ve had numerous dogs in my lifetime and I agree with all of Becker’s who’s article is in the News & Messenger Serving Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park, Virginia, pertaining to housebreaking tips because I have already used several of these tips when I was raising my dogs. I must state that they do work when you follow through on each training task.
The new puppy training process requires a lot of patience and a willingness to follow through on each process. “No” two dogs are alike and each one takes to training differently. An article in the News & Messenger Serving Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park, Virginia – by Mikkel Becker of Vetstreet.com listed some great training suggestions, and I feel people with dogs or newly adopted puppies, would appreciate these training tips.
One thing I’ve learned with my dogs, the more space you give them to roam, the dog will go in its assigned space, and it will not wait to go outside with its caregiver. Here are training tips contained in the article:
(1) Purchase a crate ensuring the dog has enough space to turn-around and to lie down in. It’s then best to confine your dog in the crate and teach it to wait to go to the bathroom outside. Dogs do not like to go in their small spaces. I’ve had two Jack Russell terriers that have been trained in four days by doing this.
(2) I did not know this until I read the article…dogs are most likely to want to go to the bathroom within a 15 minute period after taking a nap, drinking water, eating, exercising and walking. I also did not know this either: puppies can hold their bladders for one hour for every month of its age, plus one. This is very important to know when a puppy is left alone or goes to bed at night. This time configuration depends from dog to dog, and it’s suggested that a puppy should be walked outside more often than his maximum hold time. When I would play with my puppy for a period of time, I would immediately take it out, and bingo, it eliminated a mishap. Also, most puppies learn easy and they’ll get to a point where they’ll come up and look in your eyes or lick your hand, don’t wait take it out immediately. If your puppy sleeps in bed with you and it gets up and sits looking at you, take it out…this means it needs to relieve itself one way or the other.
(3) Visit the same prior places your puppy has eliminated, and if it goes in a short period of time, give it the praise and a possible treat. I’ve found praising a puppy goes a long way in training it. Do not take your puppy back to its confinement place too quickly because it will feel like it’s being punished for something…I’d wait 10 – 15 minutes and allow it to have some freedom. If your puppy does not eliminate on the first try, don’t get discouraged, take it back out in about 15 minutes and if it’s about to go on the floor or cage…do not get irritated with it.
(4) Allow me to remind you, all puppies will have accidents and the wisest thing for you to do is never punish it. Do not make a scene because it’ll cause it to have a fear to go to the bathroom when there’s someone around, and it may go in its cage or in the house when you’re not looking. If you catch the puppy in the act, interrupt it with a “no,” and take it directly outside to its normal elimination point. Note: Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove any spots the puppy may have had an accident, this will eliminate its desire to go there and eliminate again.
(5) When your puppy has reached a stage where it stays accident-free in the confined area, gradually expand its space privileges to a new room area. After the puppy has been successful for a week without any accidents, move it up to another area of the house.
If he regresses, take it back to its prior level, keeping it on its regular schedule for bathroom breaks, reward it as usual as it properly eliminates and continue doing this throughout the training process.
(6) Are you a sleepy-head and it’s hard for you to get out of bed during the night? Well, this training process is very important, and if you have to take drastic steps such as setting your alarm clock to get up several times, do so. Do not push a small puppy to hold its bladder past its limitation period for its age. If you find that accidents are more frequent at night, it’s critical to take your puppy out more often…a puppy cannot not be trained properly on a part-time training basis. You’ll find that the more a puppy messes in its personal space, it will become comfortable with lying in its own filth, and you will have not accomplished the training process required and you’ll have to go back to square one.
(7) Do not rely on puppy pads and newspapers; yes, these can be transitioned away from them, but it can cause a person a lot of house-training process grief and more complications. Puppy pads and newspapers not only can confuse a puppy but an adult dog too.
(1) Insidenova Weekly – insidenova.com – original article written by Mikkel Becker who is a skilled dog trainer & publisher.