Training Tips & Tools

My Recipe for a happy, well-behaved dog...

Dog training in its simplest form is one cup consistency plus one cup common sense. Basic training can be taught to any dog using this recipe. To get a trained AND happy dog, add equal parts gentleness, positive reinforcement and patience. And the secret ingredient to having a well-behaved dog is? - to already have a well-behaved dog!

Some of my dogs have been the best dog trainers I’ve known.

Dog training is so much easier when I pair the pup I want to train with a dog that already does what I want the pup to do. For example, my husband and I taught our three dogs the roll-over trick by teaching one dog to roll over. We gave him a treat each time he rolled over when asked. In the spirit of “I want what he’s having”, dog two and  dog three were rolling over (and earning their own treats) in no time. I guess you could say dogs are excellent copy cats.

Later, I’ll share other examples of utilizing my dog to train another dog. For now, here four easy-to-remember tips for housetraining your dog... 

CRAP

  1. Crate your dog

  2. Reward desired behavior

  3. Accidents happen  less often with regularly scheduled potty breaks 

  4. Pee often and with excitement! frequency is key with puppies & seniors

​Who are you training?

Big, little, old, young, new-to the-family, or used-to-living-outside dog?

This is where your common sense comes into play as you think about

YOUR dog’s needs. Young, small, old or anxious dogs have different needs.

On average, housetrained dogs can go 8-10 hours without urinating.

8-10 hours is too long for a puppy or senior dog,

maybe even too long for your dog, depending on the individual.

Smaller dogs have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms, and will

need to urinate more frequently. The urinary system of puppy bodies is

not as well developed as an adult dog. Their systems need at least 14 weeks

to develop before they can even think about holding it. Puppies also become

excited more easily and they have lots to remember,

so give them more frequent potty breaks.   

​Who are you training? Big, little, old, young, new-to the-family, or used-to-living-outside dog?

This is where your common sense comes into play as you think about YOUR dog’s needs. Young, small, old or anxious dogs will have different needs.

On average, housetrained dogs can go 8-10 hours without urinating. 8-10 hours is too long for a puppy or senior dog and maybe even too long for your dog, depending on the individual. Smaller dogs have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms, for instance, and will need to urinate more frequently. The urinary system of puppy bodies is not as well developed as an adult dog. Their systems need at least 14 weeks to develop before they can even think about holding it. Puppies also become excited more easily and have lots to remember, hence their need for more frequent potty breaks.

Dogs respond well to routine; take them out first thing in the morning, before and after meals, any time they’ve drunk lots of water and before bedtime. Every dog I’ve ever lived with has wanted to pee right after waking up so out we go the same time every morning!

Prepare yourself and your dog for success by arranging a reasonable schedule of potty breaks.

Consider crating your dog while housetraining as most dogs will resist peeing where they lay and sleep. We believe in crate training all our dogs, even the livestock guardians (LGDs are amazing dogs worthy of their own topic, so more about them and why we crate train later).

 

Pee often and with excitement! While housetraining, take your dog on so many breaks that he doesn’t have a chance to pee inside and each time he pees where you want him to pee, let him know you’re thrilled with him! Reward your smart wonderful dog with your happy voice, a good-dog pat or a small healthy treat (pee often and with excitement).

If you catch him mid-stream in the house, move him outside quickly (accidents happen, after all). Move him gently, no yelling, babying or treats. He’ll appreciate you not making a big deal out of it and will want to please you even more.

Your dog’s uncanny ability to tell time and desire to please you paired with your CRAP knowledge will result in a happy, housebroken dog in a few months.

 

You and your dog are a great team! Contact me if you have questions about training or our other services & products.  - Wynne

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