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DOG OBEDIENCE – House Training – Basics – How To Go About It!

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House training is a very important phase in a dog’s life.  It secures the tight bond and good relationship between the master and the dog.   Experts advise that house training start while the dog is young.  In this sense, your pet’s misbehavior will be corrected at such an early time therefore, the sooner that you start with dog obedience house training, the better.

Here are some general guidelines on how you should go about dog obedience house training.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, PUPPY PROOF THE HOUSE

Consider your furry friend as being a two (2) legged child, around one to two (1-2) years old.  What could they get into?  Where could they go?  What could they get a hold of and what could they find to chew on?  Untrained puppies or dogs should not be allowed to wander around the house without supervision. You may not know it but your pet may already be chewing on things and worse, may get themselves injured or electrocuted.

Make it easier, for yourself and your puppy.  Close off all areas, where you don’t want him to go.  Hide anything important and/or dangerous.  You’ll probably miss something, so keep your eyes open.

GIVE HIM HIS OWN DEN/CRATE/KENNEL

At night and when there becomes a time that your puppy will be left alone, it is better to place him in his own den or crate.  Put a bed together, that can include a towel, Sherpa pad or anything else that’s easily washable.  When you first bring your puppy home, he should have a toy that smells like his siblings and you should get him a larger stuffed animal that he can snuggle up with.  He’s not used to being alone.  Give him a safe item to chew on and a very small amount of water.  Don’t set him up for failure, by giving him too much water and food.

Puppies need play time but they get worn out and still sleep a lot.  Be sure to let him play but don’t overload him.  You want to make sure that he gets plenty of exercise, goes outside and/or to the potty pad and winds down, before putting him in his crate for the night.

When he gets tired, during the day, you may want to place him in his den, so that he gets used to it and he’ll be safe, from other animals and human feet.

INTRODUCE HIM TO NEW AREAS

Be sure to spend time with him, in other areas, where he is allowed.  If you want to show him the new place where he can eat, do it under your supervision.  Introduce the different places and let him know what he can and can’t do there.  A safe way to show him something or some place new is by leashing him.  By doing this, you can control his actions and reactions.  When you feel comfortable that he is familiar enough in the area, then you can take the leash off.  Remember to keep watch or else he might get into trouble.  It only takes a second.

In addition, by leaving a leash on him all the time, it’s not only easier to catch the leash than the puppy, but he’s getting accustomed to a little pulling, which can help the first steps in walking on a leash.  The leash is going to be his friend.  (If you have cats, they tend to like the leash crossing the floor, as well.  It’s been my finding that the cats tend to accept the new addition a little better, if he’s also something that they can play with.)

POTTY TRAINING

Show him the area where he can do his business.  Make sure not to confuse him.  Never allow him to play in that area or he might get the idea that he can use the same place for all his activities.

Puppies have very small bladders.  Immediately, after he eats or drinks place him on the pads or take him outside.  He may also have to go, after or during play time.  Periodically, take him where you want him to do his business.

Keep in mind, if he has an accident it’s your fault.  He can’t help it.  The initial problem is that your puppy’s sphincter muscles aren’t working well.  As he gets bigger and stronger, so will his muscles and he’ll soon be able to follow you and still get outside or to the potty pad, in time.

In inclement weather or if the puppy wakes you, at night, you’ll be thankful for puppy pads, especially if you don’t have a fenced yard.

To begin potty pad training, spread out a number of pads, in an area that the puppy can’t get out of.  As he gets used to going on the pads, periodically remove a pad.  This way he’ll get to the point that he’s down to one square and do his business in that one area.

“NO CHEW” COMMAND

By nature, dogs like to chew on things since it aids in the strengthening of their teeth and gums.  It is also kind of a healthy exercise for their jaws.  Part of your dog obedience house training is providing him with toys and safe chews.  Let him understand that not all things are allowed to be chewed on i.e. furniture, shoes, electrical cords, etc.  Be stern as you give him the “no chew” command.  Praise him when he has done the right thing and give him something that he is allowed to chew on.  If this continues to be a problem, there are products that you can spray, on the problem area, that don’t taste very pleasant and that will help curb the behavior.

SET OFF LIMIT AREAS

It is always important to keep your dog away from the rooms that contain pieces of furniture that he is not allowed to get on and where the electric lines are.  Teach your puppy the “off” command, so that he’ll learn that he’s not allowed on or in an area.  Always follow the proper behavior with praise.

By and large, dog obedience house training will benefit you in the future.  Puppy behavior is cute and much more tolerable, when they’re little.  Once they’re grown, you’ll be thankful that you followed these guidelines.  So, start early!

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