Most new dog owners look forward to
housebreaking their dog as eagerly as they look forward to a root canal, but
with a lot of patience and understanding this important step in dog
ownership can be successful without being a nightmare.
The amount of time it will take to housebreak your
dog will depend on the dog himself, just be patient and keep in mind that he
is not smelling up your house on purpose. Often it takes young puppies a
while to gain the muscle control to hold it in. The secret to housebreaking
- as with all training - is consistency and repetition. Remember, there has
never been a dog that could not be housetrained.
There are some basic principles or guidelines you should follow no matter
which method of training you are using.
- Probably the most important rule to remember is positive
reinforcement. Every time your dog goes where he's supposed to, lavish him
- Only punish your dog when you catch him in the act. Punishing after
the fact will be futile and may even hinder the training process.
- Take your dog outside as soon as possible after naps, meals or play
- Get your dog on a regular feeding schedule
- Take away his water dish at night
- Learn to recognize your dog's signals that he needs to go out. For
example, many dogs will sniff the floor and walk in circles when they need