Housebreaking a dog tips
Housebreaking a dog tips that you should know before getting a dog, we before mention the 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day and 6th day of the housetraining dog in previous articles, and now we will discuss the 7th-day housetraining dog.
Lessons of day seven of housetraining dog
- The routine is paramount and the schedule is here to stay—because your dog is used to it now.
- Your dog has no problems identifying which behavior pleases his alpha, so he trots off to the potty spot on his own.
- The dog has identified his privileges like the walks, etc. and will keep them by repeating the behavior the alpha desires.
The 7th day housetraining dog
You might think—but seven days is almost over and my dog isn’t trained yet—but that is wrong. He has learned several things and you are the one who has taught him. It’s just that your dog is still too small to go on his own and some things prevent him from doing so.
For example—in the morning, you have to let him out of the crate and take him to the potty spot. Even though as he grows older he can still find his way, you would still have to open the crate door as well as the door that leads to the elimination area— unless of course you can fit in a doggy door.
Again in the night, you would be the one who has to let the dog out of the crate if nature comes calling at odd hours! So a housetrained pet is not a dog who can do everything by himself, but a dog who can tell you that he needs to go and have control enough to rein over his natural urges until you come to his aid.
If your dog holds on to his water and does not go in the crate, or scratches at the door and calls for you—you can give yourself a pat of the back!
1-Stick to the schedule
The first step to the housebreaking a dog is sticking to the schedule. The very best you can do to get your dog to respond to your housetraining efforts is to stick to the schedule. Take him to the potty spot in the morning, and keep quiet as he does his job but praise him when he finishes and set off for that morning walk which would be probably the reason why the dog finished up the elimination job quicker.
Your dog will look forward to rewards like walks, special games and family time and if there is promise of one of these to come right after the elimination act, the dog would be quick to perform.
After the walk, take off the leash and collar and serve the dog his breakfast after he sits. Now what you can do is leave him off the leash after food and say in a very firm voice ‘outside’—see if he walks towards the potty site. If he does, lead him there praising him and once he gets there on his own say potty time. If he responds by eliminating, he deserves to be praised and hugged. Bring him inside with a hug and leave him in the crate with the radio in the background for some quiet time, until your chores are done.
If you dog does not walk straight to the potty spot and begins to squat mid-way—he probably isn’t ready, so have patience with him. Some dogs take more time.
2-Housebreaking a dog – Troubleshooting
The 2nd step to the housebreaking a dog is troubleshooting. The entire schedule is about the basic housetraining dog, which is the first task for every dog owner to help establish the toilet pattern for the dog. The fact of the matter is for dogs, urination is not just an excretory function—it goes beyond that.
Urination is way for them to express their emotions and their fears. So depending on the kind of dog you have you would not only have to take care to establish a schedule for the regular elimination of the bladder and the bowels but also deal with the urination that happens spontaneously as part of the dog’s personality and expression.
- If your dog urinates when he sees you out of happiness, or when he is excited during play or when you are disciplining him like saying ‘no’— your dog is doing what is called submissive wetting. It could also be because your dog is shy and scared enough to urinate to prove that he is submitting to you the alpha.
- If your older dog is spraying the walls or the bushes, he is doing what is called marking, wherein he is showing his dominance and warning other dogs to get off his territory.
3-The deal on submissive urination
The 3rd step to the housebreaking a dog is dealing on submissive urination. Usually this dog would be a rather shy and timid dog, who gets scared when someone approaches him or scolds him or even tries to greet him. He could have been separated from his mother too early or had very inadequate socialization. He could have possibly been abused and experienced rough handling, which is why he is showing his submission and fear all at the same time.
The solution: The only way you can resolve this totally is to socialize your dog and make him feel more secure and more confident of himself and humans. He has to be exposed to different people and situations that help him overcome fear and build confidence. The idea is to replace happy and pleasurable experiences for each of the bad ones that he has had.
Until then you must try and control the submissive urinating by:
- Not exciting your dog as in keeping the greetings low.
- Not scolding your dog in loud, startling tones
- Teaching him a new behavior that will calm him down like commanding him to sit before you pet him.
- Praising and rewarding him often.
Your pet can have submissive urination without actually showing signs of being submissive. If you know that your pet is a well-adjusted fellow but just urinates when he is exited then it will pass. However, do keep the greetings low-key and play outside to minimize the accidental peeing on the carpet. Also command him to sit and ignore him until he is calmer.
4-Back to the program
The 4th step to the housebreaking a dog is getting back to the program. The main cure for all housetraining dog woes is the schedule, which is why you should make sure that it is workable everyday of your dog’s life.
Even after he is trained, you will still have to follow the schedule because its something your dog follows instinctively. As he grows older, it’s just the one-hour trip to the potty trip that will get converted to a trip one in 3 or 4 hours depending on the dog and the amount of water, food and exercise he gets.
For you, the next few weeks are when you have to just guide your dog along because he is already set in his ways. The first few days are what help the dog to establish the pattern—so if you have stuck to the program rigorously for the initial days of the week, the dog must have picked up what he has to do. But you must exist as a facilitator and your role is not over even when the dog is totally housetrained.
This is because there are some things the dog still cannot do in a human house. Remember the definition of a housetrained dog—it is a dog who can control his urges inside the house and call for you to help him. You have to let the dog out of the crate, you have to be there to give the meals on schedule and you have to be there to provide the socialization, the exercise and the training.
The 5th step to the housebreaking a dog is training right. Talking of training, we left your dog crated and it’s time to get him out, take him to the potty spot and groom him. Once he is relaxed enough, begin the training. Make sure that before every training session that the dog has visited the potty spot and eliminated.
You cannot train your dog too much—whatever he learns is at this stage and will stay with him for life. If you want him off the sofa, train him now. If you want him not to growl and bite, train him now. If you want him to obey you, train him now.
Always have rewards to accompany the training process as you have for the housetraining drill. Once it’s time for his 11.30 meal, have him try and go to the potty spot on his own. Keep saying ‘outside’ and egg him on the right way. Once he gets there say ‘potty time’ and praise him lavishly for doing his job.
Once his bowels and bladder are emptied, crate him for his afternoon nap. After the nap, it’s back to the potty spot that is followed up by the reward walk. Fit in another training session and you can teach a new command if your dog seems to be doing well with the earlier ones. Follow the schedule with the 2.30 pm meal, the quiet time after which is another play and training session.
The 6th step to the housebreaking a dog is evening drill. After the 5.30 pm meal, and the subsequent potty times, your dog is rewarded with family time. You can take this time as well as the other play sessions to introduce your dog to your kid’s friends or perhaps join in a game with the kids outside.
Be careful though if he is too small. Round up family time with the 8.00pm walk followed up with the 9.30 pm snack. It’s time to call it curtains for the seventh day after a trip to the potty spot. Crate your dog and sleep tight.
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