Most dog trainers would like you to think they have exclusive, secret knowledge about training a dog and that you must retain their service to gain that knowledge. Dog trainers do have an understanding of dogs they've learned through education and experience. What follows in this article is a technique that does not require the services of a dog trainer. This is a technique any dog owner can learn to do himself.
Most dogs want to "do their business" on their own schedule. Dog owners, of course, want the dog to do its business on their schedule. The outcome is a scheduling conflict that has to be resolved. For that reason it is important to reach a compromise with the dog. First the dog has got to have a genuine need to go. Secondly we have to set up our schedule according to that need. If we schedule the dog to go in the morning and evening by controlling his meal times he'll have to go at approximately the same time each day. In order to achieve the desired end result I have created a way to get the dog to "do his business" on command.
All of the dogs I've personally owned since 1970 have been taught to move their bowels on command. I am a professional dog trainer and want to share this knowledge with you.
When you take your dog out to do his business think of a two or three word "command" that you will say whenever you want them to move their bowels. Something like, "Do your business" or "Do the bit" or "Go Poopie" or whatever you wish. It is important to be consistent with the words. Take your dog for his usual walk and when he begins to go, commence saying your "command". Remember to always say the dog's name before giving the command. "Fido, do your business." Repeat this slowly while the dog is going. Say it over and over, slowly and clearly until he/she finishes. Then praise them with enthusiasm. "Good dog, Fido, good dog!"
After approximately one week of using this technique the dog will begin to develop the sensation that he needs to go when he hears the command words. At the end of that week, when you take the dog out for his walk and arrive at your spot, begin saying your words to him. "Fido, do your business. Fido, do your business." You'll be impressed to see that if he has any need to go at all, he will go upon hearing the command words. This technique will come in very handy when you have to walk them in bad weather, in a hurry, or if you just happen to be somewhere that isn't familiar to them and they stubbornly refuse to go.
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So you’ve welcomed a new puppy into your home, either as a pet for your child, or as a companion for yourself. They’re great pets, as we all know, but they also make messes in their early days. You will want to quickly get your new puppy adjusted to it’s new surroundings and most importantly, teach your him the appropriate place to do his business. It’s not always an easy task, but with a little patience, should be a piece of cake.
The first thing to remember when house breaking your new puppy is that you need to stay committed to a routine until your puppy is fully trained. House training takes patience and time.
The most successful method for training your puppy is the crate method. If you do not have a dog/puppy crate, you can cordon off a small area for your puppy where his is unable to move around. This will be your puppy’s sleeping area. Dogs do not soil their sleep area, so keeping your puppy in this area, will help establish this area as a no go zone.
If your puppy does not go in this area, you then move him/her to the appropriate area for eliminating waste at an appropriate time. You should not leave a puppy in its crate/sleep area for an extended period of time, as a puppy does not have a large capacity for waste to begin with. So semi-frequent breaks are required. Each hour if possible.
Once you have taken your puppy to it’s appropriate area, wait to see if he/she goes. If the puppy does go, be sure to offer up praise, as positive reinforcement will help establish that the puppy has done the right thing (negative reinforcement with a strong “No!” can be used when the puppy goes in the wrong place). If the puppy does not relieve itself after a sufficient length of time, take him/her back to it’s crate/sleep area.
At night it is best not to feed your puppy after a certain time and to be sure your pup has been taken to relieve itself before you call it a night.
As stated, house training takes time and commitment. It may be wise to keep a log of your activities to help establish a routine for your puppy. Keeping a routine feeding time, with time for relieving itself immediately after, can help greatly with a young puppy, as it can help develop a solid route for relieving itself.
If you stay consistent with your puppy, the training process can go by fairly quick and your puppy will develop the awareness needed to go on his/her own before long. You will no longer need to worry about messes in your home and will be able to move in to more advanced training of your puppy, as well as to enjoy your great new pet to the fullest. They truly are man’s best friend and with a little patience you will experience this to the fullest extent as you and your puppy grow along together.