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House Train a Dog – Easy Steps
By MS du Toit
To house train a dog and especially a puppy is very
easy and only requires patience, consistency and awareness. Nobody
wants a dog that messes in the house, so many people just leave their
dogs in the backyard – never allowing them in the house. These backyard
dogs many develop undesirable behaviour which is caused by a lack of
attention. If you are the new owner, you might have a dog that has
never been house trained.
House Training a Puppy
A puppy does not yet have the ability to wait for a door to open if it
wants to toilet. You as owner are responsible for being aware of when
the puppy needs to go out. Listed are few definite situations and times
when you should take your puppy to the area in your garden where you
want it to toilet:
- The moment it wakes up, in the morning or during the
day when it was sleeping.
- Just after feeding times
- When you see the puppy sniffing around and turning in
- When you see the puppy going behind furniture. (It is
not playing hide-and-seek!)
At these times, pick up your puppy and take it outside. Wait there,
sunshine or rain, until it has done everything. Do not go inside, the
puppy will just follow you and do it in the house. And it will be all
your own fault! Never scold your puppy if it had an accident in the
house, it was NOT his fault.
You can be very successful in the dog training basics if you are
consistent. Your patience will pay off and very soon you will notice
your puppy start going outside all on its own. Remember also to praise
your puppy everytime it does its toilet outside. It is also a very good
idea to take your puppy to a dog training school for puppy classes and
basic dog obedience training.
House Training an Adopted Dog
To house train a young and even older dog is basically the same as
training a young puppy. It will even be quicker, but you need to be
very consistent. Make sure to praise you dog when it is doing right.
You can even train your dog to touch a bell when it wants to go out.
You can do that by using the method of clicker training.
In all your dog training, be it house training, basic obedience
training, dog agility training, always use positive reinforcement
methods and you will achieve your goals much faster and both you and
your dog will enjoy it.
MS du Toit has been training dogs for ten years.
Please visit her Dog
Training Review Page.
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