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Tip of the Month: Housetraining

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Tip of the Month: Housetraining
  • It can be helpful to take a long weekend to devote to housetraining. Stay home with your dog and go out every hour, generously rewarding each success. If you can keep it up for three or four days, progress is often very rapid.
    ~Jim Barry , CDBC, CPDT-KA, Reston Dog Training, Reston, VAT

  • Most dogs prefer to have specific potty areas and like to avoid soiling their eating and sleeping places, so they respond well to an organized housetraining plan. You will need to prevent accidents in inappropriate areas and reward the dog for eliminating outside (or on a wee-wee pad). Of course, as we all know, pulling that off day in and day out until the dog is fully housetrained will take some time, effort, and careful attention to detail.
    ~~ Vyolet Michaels , CTC, PDT, CPDT-KA, Urban Dawgs, Red Bank, NJ

  • Housetraining is simply teaching your puppy where you want him to go to the bathroom
    and where you don’t want him to go. To do this, you need to supervise and reward him when he does it right (giving him lots of opportunities to be right!); supervise and interrupt him when he does it wrong (then take him to where he’s supposed to be and reward him when he does it right); and prevent him from accidentally making mistakes when you’re not able to supervise.
    ~Trish McMillan , MSc, CPDT-KA, ASPCA Animal Behavior Center, Urbana, IL

  • During housetraining, ensure that the dog is in one of three situations at all times during housetraining: 1. outside with you; 2. inside with your constant supervision (tethered to you if needed); or 3. Confined in a small, dog-proofed space such as a crate or exercise pen.
    ~Vyolet Michaels , CTC, PDT, CPDT-KA, Urban Dawgs, Red Bank, NJ

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Excerpted from Top Tips from Top Trainers – 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training © 2010 T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by Permission.

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