Potty training dogs is a lot easier when they're cute little puppies. Everyone seems to have their favorite method to potty train their pet, but these tips and tricks should help you get started on the right path.
Starting when dogs are very young has a number of advantages and if at all possible this is the best way and easiest way to achieve success. The main reason for this is because they haven't gotten into any bad habits yet, so you won't have to de-program them and then re-train them again.
Puppies have a way of taking in food and water and then getting rid of it soon after. If you can get this timing down you'll have half the battle won. Usually within 15 minutes of eating, you're puppy will be looking for a place to eliminate. It's your job to make sure the pup knows where that place is.
Since we know that a pup needs to go almost right away, it makes sense to feed and water him when you have the time to spend afterwards with him. It helps to get them into a routine anyway, so develop a pattern and then stick with it.
Of course, that's not the only time your pup will need to answer the call of nature. Other times might be when he awakens from a nap or when you take him out of his crate. A walk before his bedtime is always helpful as well.
Be aware that things will not always go smoothly when you're potty training your pup. Accidents are bound to happen and should be attended to promptly and without a lot of fanfare. The days of rubbing a pup's nose in his mess or a whack on the snout with a newspaper are long gone. This will only serve to make your pup fear you. Ignoring bad behavior and rewarding good behavior is the way to go. Your pup will naturally learn what's right and always try to please you.
Potty training dogs can sometimes be a real challenge. You need to have patience while the pup learns the routine and develops more control of his bodily functions. This can happen at different ages for different breeds. Keep in mind that at the same time you're teaching him about potty training, you're also building a friendship that will serve you well during obedience training and in other areas too. Always show love and affection, and give heaps of praise and rewards for a job well done.
When it comes to training older dogs, you may need a little more patience. Bad habits may need to be broken before you can begin the routine of training him the right way. There is one small consolation. Older dogs may need less frequent trips outside, and this certainly helps when it's raining or snowing out!
Potty training your dog can be quite a challenge, but with right attitude and a little patience, combined with the tips here, you can have your new pup housebroken and house train in no time.
There is a point in a puppy’s life that it develops a sudden fear of strangers. Usually, puppies are extremely trustful between three to five weeks of age. At about six weeks of age, puppies start to shy away from people or things they aren’t used too. It has been discovered that the amount of touching a pregnant dog receives determines how well its puppies are able to tolerate people touching them after they are born. Puppies that have little or zero tolerance for people touching them probably had no contact while in their mother’s womb. Scientific studies show that puppies respond to external touch when they are in their mother’s womb. A puppy can be studied extensively while it is still in its mother’s womb from as early as the fourth week of gestation. It has been propounded that a puppy has a profound sense of touch even as a fetus due to its highly developed motor skills.
Not training your puppy can lead to a trail of torn up chairs and pillows in its wake. Teaching a dog not to chew on household items is a part of dog training. You can purchase chew toys for a dog that doesn’t want to let the furniture go. Don’t turn your old shoes or worn out cushions into chew toys for your dog because it will only encourage it to chomp on other household items that are similar in look and feel. Buy a few similar chew toys for your dog to keep it busy and to keep your furniture safe.
Dog training basically involves establishing a relationship of master and servant between you and your dog. In training your dog, you have to be extremely sensitive to its emotions. Dog training fosters a deep sense of kinship between you and your dog. Puppies usually have an annoying tendency to chomp on household items. If you have someone training your dog, you need to be there when your dog is being trained because at the end of the day when training classes are over, you will be left with your dog. Make sure that everyone else who will be handling your dog after it is trained is involved in the training session so that they know exactly how to issue the commands. Your dog needs to learn how to respond to your commands and not the dog trainer’s commands. Even if you send your dog away to training school, you will eventually have to be present at a point during the training to learn all about the commands your dog is responding too. Contrary to what some people think, a dog cannot be trained in your absence because you need to be the one to issue out the commands. Your dog needs to get used to your tone of voice before it responds to any command that you issue. Dog training classes involves the dog trainer, your dog and you. The fact about the matter is that a dog trainer does not just train your dog how to obey certain commands. A dog trainer teaches you to issues out those commands to your dog for the desired effect. Dogs are social animals by nature hence their ability to interact so well with human beings. The domestic dog is one that has been trained to obey its master’s commands totally.