If I start a new blog then I might as well start with a big topic. Let’s talk about house training.
One of the most common reasons that people give up their pet dogs is challenges with housebreaking. It’s incredibly frustrating when your house smells like pee and your puppy is hiding behind your couch to poop. If you don’t know what to do about it or where to begin, it’s easy to start thinking about giving up your new dog.
Since it’s unreasonable for your puppy to spend it’s entire life in a crate or pen, you’re going to need to devote some time to this project. Hey, you got the dog. Invest a bit of energy here.
This first video is made by Emily Larlham of Dogmantics. Emily does a lovely job of talking you through the steps and demonstrating with a video example the process you’ll want to follow to get your puppy housebroken. Note her emphasis on prevention! She also addresses the situation of a dog that is already struggling with eliminating in the house.
As your house training progresses, you might want to teach your dog to ring a bell to let you know they’d like to go out. Take a look at this article by Yvette Van Veen of “Awesome dogs” to help you with that:
and if you’re running into challenges with that bell ringing, check out Eileen Anderson’s problem solving from her blog “Eileen and Dogs”
Good luck! Some dogs pick up the basic idea in a matter of days, and others can test the most patient person with months of accidents. Dogs are truly individuals with varying degrees of bladder control and maturity, and what is easy and intuitive for one dog may not be easy for another. Some dogs are going to be naturally clean, especially if they were raised with their litter mates in clean conditions. Other dogs don’t seem to care too much when and where they eliminate, putting a good deal more of a burden on you to get them out early and often to avoid as much failure as possible. Be aware that punishing accidents in the house is a good way to inadvertently teach your dog to hide when they want to eliminate. Believe me, it’s better to find the poop in the middle of the family room than behind your bed – where it’s been molding and smelling up your house for weeks. Just clean up accidents and supervise more closely.
The most important thing that you can do to get your dog house trained is to PAY ATTENTION. Put your dog on a schedule and stick to it – no free time in the house until your dog has eliminated outside first! The first days and weeks are hard, but soon you’ll find yourself with a comfortable rhythm. One day you’ll realize that accidents have become extremely infrequent and finally…non-existent!