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Not On The Rug!

This article will help guide you in how to properly house break a dog, even if they’re young or old. When it comes to urinating or defecating in the house it’s a fairly straight forward process to get them to stop. As always there maybe some variations depending upon your unique situation. For further info on this subject please call us at 812-948-2120 to set up a free evaluation.

Let’s go into the basics of house breaking. No matter if your dog is just a pup or an older member of the family you want to make sure there is no medical reason for inappropriate urination or defecation, if the answer is no, then we should begin training. Keep in mind dogs younger then 16 weeks are just babies, just get in the habit of taking them outside regularly. At first give a young pup a bathroom break every thirty minutes during the day then slowly increase the time that you take them outside. It’s a good idea to take a very young puppy (younger than 12 weeks) outside periodically through out the night to prevent any accidents in the crate. No matter what age your pooch is though, when you first deal with this issue it’s best to let them drag a leash around like a second tail whenever supervised. When your dog is not supervised it’s recommended that you keep them in an area small enough that they won’t pee or poo (like a crate, pen or dog safe room).

Utilize the leash the same way we would for any bad behavior, a fast removal of slack to create a bite like effect. The correction power should be appropriate to your dog’s size and should be given mechanically without any harsh verbal reprimands. Do your best to catch them in the act to reduce any confusion what the correction was about (that is why we recommend the use of a crate, pen or dog safe room whenever the dog is unsupervised). If the dog moves away before you correct, no worries, slowly pursue them while trying not to turn this into a chase me game (even if it takes a while). Step on the leash, pick it up and calmly take them back to the scene of the crime and that is where you will correct them, afterwards take them outside to give them a chance to earn praise for properly going to the bathroom outside.

Dealing with a messy dog can be an infuriating proposition but do your best to remove yourself from the emotional side of dealing with this issue. If you are constantly frustrated then it taints the training with negativity, take a step back and view your dog in a different light. Praise during success doesn’t need to be over the top just genuine. If you want your dog to use puppy pads or some other bathroom spot all you need to do is replace the word “outside” that I used in this article with your particular spot. There are a few different reasons why dogs urinate and/or defecate in the house but the why isn’t as important as the question, “how do I fix it.” I hope this article was helpful. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are successful in you training endeavors.

– Josh Decker, Dog Trainer

Article written by Josh Decker

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Matthew Duffy is well known for his renowned dog training services, books and DVDs, and online video training sessions through memberships. Matthew uses "genuine control without the rigidity of formal commands." Bring on the dogs!