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The key to housebreaking can be summed up in one phrase: "catch the dog as he's getting ready to go, and bring him where he needs to go." If you can't catch him, you can't train him. You must not correct the dog after the fact. Because the dog's mind focuses strictly in the present, scolding him even a second after he's eliminated is way too late.
Since nothing happened while he was in the process of eliminating, in his mind that can't be the problem. However, if you do catch him in the act, don't yell at him to make him stop, or grab him and put him in his crate. Keep in mind that you're not trying to make the dog stop what he's doing, as much as you are trying to redirect his actions. He needs to be shown where he's expected to go. If you scream at the dog he will become frightened to the exclusion of all else. Poorly timed and inappropriate corrections will confuse the dog, cause him to fear you, and motivate him to sneak and hide to do his business. If you find mess on the floor, don't show it to him, don't put his nose in it, and don't spank him, just clean it up.
Crate Training: Crate training is an excellent tool to achieve housebreaking, but it MUST be used correctly. It is a misconception is that the dog will not use the bathroom while crated. This is not true. Dogs left in the crate for an extended period of time will eliminate. If not taken out often, puppies especially will get into the habit of soiling in their crates. They will learn that this is what is expected of them. The term used for the dog that lies in his own mess is called a “dirty dog.” This is a very difficult problem to correct. You literally have to watch the dog constantly in order to catch him going in the crate. Other problems can arise from prolonged crating. If the dog tries to hold his urine an excessive length of time, bacteria will begin to grow. This leads to a Cystitis or bladder infection. This tends to affect females more often than males, but both sexes are prone. Cystitis seems to be more prevalent in younger animals, 2 to 8 months of age, but can affect dogs of any age. Classic signs of Cystitis become obvious when the dog, who has always held his urine, begins to wet in the crate. You may also notice that he’ll start wetting in the house. He will have several small accidents in a short period of time. He may wet outside and come right back in and wet again. He may start to go in odd places, such as on the sofa or on the bed. He may squat right in front of you. Cystitis is a life threatening condition. If the dog does not receive medical treatment, the bacteria causing the bladder infection will ascend into his kidneys and he will die. Dogs do not show the debilitating effects of this condition until it is too late. If you suspect that your dog has a bladder infection, take him to the Vet immediately to have his urine checked. This is not a routine part of the exam and must be specifically requested. Cystitis is easily cured with medication. If you are going to be gone long hours, section off a room or part of the house where the dog will have the option to potty if he has to. If you are using puppy pads, provide food, water, and bedding on one side of the room and the pad on the other. If given the choice, the dog will not want to soil where he has to eat and sleep, thus encouraging him to use the section where the pad is located.
Water: Dogs should have access to clean, fresh water at all times. Water should also be available to the created dog as well. Specially designed water buckets can be fastened inside the crate so they can’t be overturned. In an effort to housebreak, owners will restrict their dogs water. A popular belief is, “if the dog doesn’t drink very much, he won’t wet very much.”The dog’s metabolism is much higher than that of people. This means that fluids are used up at a greater rate. Puppies especially need lots of water for their organs to function properly. Restricting or withholding water will cause the dog to dehydrate. Dehydration, even over a short period of time, leads to health problems and kidney failure. As the dog’s kidneys start to fail, he will begin to wet more frequently. This is due to the damaged kidneys inability to filter properly as the urine literally runs right through. The owners response to this increase in urination is to restrict the dog’s water even more. Kidney damage cannot be reversed. Dogs as young as 4 months of age have died as a direct result of rationing water.
This 2 quart, flat sided bucket is ideal for attaching to the dog's kennel. In this way, while the dog is crated, water can be provided without the worry of the bucket tipping over. The handle can be attached to the kennel with a couple of snap hooks.
Territorial Wetting Territorial wetting refers to the dog that lifts his leg to urinate. Many times a dog will start lifting his leg in the house. This is not a housebreaking problem but a deliberate act intended to stake out a claim of ownership inside the home.
Intact male dogs mature between the age of 10 months and a year and a half. Leg lifting is a sign of maturity. It is an old wives' tale that a male dog has to see another male dog lift his led to get the idea. Leg lifting allows the dog to disperse urine on objects at the nose level of other individuals. This form of communication broadcasts the dog's overall health and status to any other dog that comes across his scent mark. Many dogs carry over this behavior into the home.
Male dogs that are neutered before they start lifting their leg, or the first sign of leg lifting will prevent marking from ever happening.
The weaning process begins when puppies are old enough to start eating solid food. Around four weeks of age, they instinctively begin to lick their mother or any older dog in the face and mouth. This behavior stimulates the regurgitation reflex in the adult thus providing a meal for the pups. This licking becomes a form of greeting when the puppies get too old to be fed in this manner.
It is easy for one dog to lick another dog in the face. However, when it comes to licking their human counterpart in the face, it becomes an entirely different matter. The only way the dog can get to your face is by standing on his hind legs and putting his front paws on you. This is your dog's way of greeting you. Using dog phychology this behavior can be corrected in less than 30 seconds.
Humping Humping is not the same as Jumping. When a dog humps, he or she will grip with the front legs while moving the pelvis back and forth. Humping is a sign of dominance, not a sexual advance. Puppies as young as 5 weeks old begin to hump their littermates in an attempt to establish control. Dominant male and female dogs that have been spayed and neutered will hump. To avoid having this behavior escalate into a dangerous situation, it needs to be addresses quickly and sharply with an extreme no nonsense approach.
Chewing is the dog's way of exploring his environment. He cannot distinguish between toys that are there for his entertainment and household items.
If you scold your dog when you see him chewing on something, you become the deterrent. Our program teaches you how to make the object the deterrent, so you don't have to be the "bad guy."
Dogs are den animals, and as a result, they dig instinctively. Dogs dig to keep cool, bury bones, have their puppies, get out and roam the neighborhood, or just dig for the sake of digging.
Certain breeds have a greater tendency to dig. Digging is generally not acceptable behavior because it can destroy a backyard and create dangerous potholes. With our training method, the dog makes the choice not to do the behavior.
Barking is the dog's verbal form of communication. Dogs that bark excessively are in emotional distress. This is generally due to loneliness, boredom, or defensive behavior in dogs that have assumed the role of pack leader.
Play biting is a normal part of young dog behavior. Starting at around 4 to 5 weeks of age puppies start mouthing their siblings. It's the dog's way of determining what social position he holds in relation to his canine peers.
When the dog chews on his human pack member, he is trying to ascertain the same thing. Are you in charge, or do you allow yourself to be used as a chew toy? In addition to the dog's natural propensity to explore and control with their mouths, food reward and treat training perpetuate nipping and biting. This can lead to aggression when the treats run out.
A common yet undesirable behavior seen in our canine counterpart is their propensity to take things. Dish towels, paper towels, slippers, and underwear are among the many items the dog will target.
Taking things such as chicken bones and unknown substances could cause harm if ingested. Once the dog has his forbidden prize, he will go to extraordinary lengths to keep it. As far as the dog is concerned, the object belongs to him. Anyone trying to take it away is subject to evasion and aggression. It's canine nature to take things, but how the situation is handled will determine if the problem will be perpetual or be cured.
Not Coming When Called
As a survival strategy young puppies instinctively stay with and follow the pack, whether canine or human ("Safety in numbers"). As puppies get older, usually between 4 to 6 months of age, they start to explore their world, becoming inquisitive and independent.
This is why the young puppy that followed you everywhere begins to ignore you. This is normal dog behavior. Teaching your dog to come when called takes between 5 and 15 minutes. With our technique your dog can reliably and immediately be off leash in any situation.
This behavior is not pleasant for the person or the dog. Dogs that pull when walked with improper equipment (buckle collar, choke chain) run the risk of damaging their windpipe.
Harnesses are actually designed to encourage dogs to pull. Gentle leaders and Halti's don't train, they restrain. Knowing how to use the proper equipment will have your dog walking on a loose leash in about 20 minutes, and off leash in less than 5 weeks.
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