How to Housebreak Your Dog or Puppy

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Dogs are creatures of habit; and once they develop a habit, breaking it can be a long, frustrating process. Your dog needs guidance and encouragement from you to develop a toilet habit you can live with. Animal behaviorists have learned a lot about dogs overrepparttar last couple of decades, and there are many tips available that will make housebreaking your dog or puppy a less frustrating task.

When you consider some ofrepparttar 142851 things your dog or puppy is willing to roll in, or put in their mouth, it's a bit hard to believe they're picky and specific about their toilet areas. Dogs will go to great lengths to avoid soiling near where they eat and/or sleep. That means any accidents an un-housebroken dog has will be far from its food dish and bed. To a dog, however, "far" can mean about 6-10 feet. This leaves lots of "fair game" space in your home, unless you guiderepparttar 142852 dog to suitable spots.

Whether your dog is a puppy, or an adult dog new to your home,repparttar 142853 process isrepparttar 142854 same: - Every few hours, takerepparttar 142855 dog outside to a place you designate as a "bathroom" area. - 30 minutes afterrepparttar 142856 dog or puppy eats, dorepparttar 142857 same. - Stay in this bathroom area, and praiserepparttar 142858 dog lavishly when they relieve themselves. - Ifrepparttar 142859 dog doesn't userepparttar 142860 bathroom when you've taken them outside torepparttar 142861 appropriate spot, try again 15 minutes later. Continue doing this until they've actually usedrepparttar 142862 bathroom spot. - Whenrepparttar 142863 dog is inside, watch closely for any signs of needing to "go". A dog will circle and sniff areas when they're about to relieve themselves.

How quickly your dog becomes housebroken depends partly on their personality, but mostly on your diligence in taking them outside atrepparttar 142864 right time. If your puppy is less than four months old, you should plan on getting up duringrepparttar 142865 night to take it outside. Puppies over four months of age can usually "hold it" throughrepparttar 142866 night, but if your dog cries to be let out, it is best to get up and let them tend torepparttar 142867 urge. It is vital that you give your dog every chance to succeed during this time. Positive reinforcement ofrepparttar 142868 proper behavior isrepparttar 142869 fastest way to teach your dog anything.

Training Your Dog to Sit

Written by Timothy Robinson

Training your dog to "sit" is probablyrepparttar first thing you will train your puppy to do. I write puppy because you can startrepparttar 142850 training as soon asrepparttar 142851 puppy has settled in his new home. You might think this isn't that important, a dog knows how to sit. Well, I think it is very important. Read on and you will found out why and how to train your dog to sit.

1. This first one is easy. You just start by saying "sit" every timerepparttar 142852 puppy sits itself. He learns to associaterepparttar 142853 word sit withrepparttar 142854 action. This is a tip you can use in all training.

2. Take out his favorite treat and keep it in your hand. Sausage usually works well but remember to cut it in small pieces sorepparttar 142855 puppy can swallow it fast.

3. Sit down onrepparttar 142856 floor so you get torepparttar 142857 same level asrepparttar 142858 dog. You are less threatening when you sit. More important is that you are close torepparttar 142859 dog so you can reward him faster. More about this soon.

4. Slowly moverepparttar 142860 treat over your puppy's head. The intention is to getrepparttar 142861 puppy to smellrepparttar 142862 treat (he will) and follow it with his nose. He has two options. Either back still standing or sit down. It's easier to sit down.

5 Immediately as he sits you say "sit" and give himrepparttar 142863 piece of sausage. This isrepparttar 142864 key factor to all training. The reward has to be exact inrepparttar 142865 same moment asrepparttar 142866 dog doesrepparttar 142867 right thing.

6. Praiserepparttar 142868 dog. Show your joy with your voice as well as with your body language.

7. Repeat these steps 3-5 times. Not more than that though, as it has to be fun! Onrepparttar 142869 other hand you can repeatrepparttar 142870 steps several times duringrepparttar 142871 day.

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