How to housebreak a dog
How to housebreak a dog? To know the answer of this question, we before mention the 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day of housetraining dog in previous articles, and now we will discuss the 4th day housetraining dog.
Lessons of day four of housetraining dog
- You will learn the beauty of a schedule because it helps you time the housetraining dog schedules accordingly. If meal times, walks and training sessions were all haphazardly put in—housetraining dog process would be a mess.
- You will learn that walking a dog has its rules and the dog must heed to them and you must see to it that the dog does so.
- You will also learn that dogs must meet different people. They need exposure to all kinds of humans and all kinds of situations.
the 4th day housetraining dog
Day four has to begin with the alarm at 5 am and you up before the dog. Even though you might have set the alarm for midnight and taken your dog to the elimination spot, you must rush him first thing in the morning—or it would be a case of an accident waiting to happen! The idea is not to create a situation where an accident can happen and both you and your dog feel a sense of failure. There are bound to be miscalculations and all you can do is tell your dog ‘NO’ if you caught him in the act of doing it or just clean up the puddle as well as you can.
1-The bonding walk
The first step to How to housebreak a dog is the bonding walk. Consider the morning walk as a time to bond. It’s a way of assuring your dog that you are there for him. Once he relieves himself at the potty spot, get him back to his area and give him a drink of water. Have your morning coffee or tea and listen to your favorite music or the radio.
Let your dog sit by you and once you feel you are ready for the walk, get the collar and leash. If your dog jumps around— he’ll be delighted to see the leash—command him to sit. Slip on the leash only if he sits quiet for a while and then go to the elimination spot again. Tell him to do potty so that you can go for your walk and praise him if he does so.
Set off on the walk and let him smell along the flowerbeds and trees. If he tries to tug and pull you in a particular direction, yank the leash gently and go in the opposite direction. What you are trying to tell your dog is that you are the alpha and that’s why you get to decide where to go. Leash training is a very important aspect of your dog’s orientation and if you start it subtly and weave it in slowly with the ‘reward’ walks, you will find that the dog will respond much better.
The main aspects of leash training are:
- When the dog pulls in one direction—you must tug the leash and get him to follow you in the opposite direction.
- You must try and get the dog to walk as closely to you as possible. When he wanders, pull him to you and use the command ‘heel’.
- You must get your dog to sit once in a while during the walk. For example, if you sit on a bench, make him sit near you. When you talk to other people, sit him down so that he doesn’t jump on them.
- Your dog will find temptations in the form of squirrels, cats and other dogs, make sure he doesn’t set chase and listens to your ‘no’ command. If he does set chase—make sure he knows how to respond to the stay-come command, which is the command you are going to introduce to him today!
2-Stay on schedule
The 2nd step to How to housebreak a dog is staying on schedule. You have a schedule drawn up and it’s going to pretty much be the same for quite a while—it’s a good idea to use Day Four to set the pace. You have already begun with the morning trip to the potty spot as well as the morning walk. Now it’s time for breakfast, after which you take your dog to the elimination spot.
Once the dog has done his job—it’s the ideal time to lead him to the crate and leave him in there for half an hour. He has been exercised, fed and he has answered the call of nature—this means he would be in a relaxed frame of mind to be by himself for a while. You can leave the music or the radio on and go about your chores.
After the 30 minutes is up, take him to the potty spot and complete the brushing. Keep telling your dog what a good boy or girl he or she has been and groom the dog thoroughly. Go ahead with the training session wherein you revise the sit and stay commands.
If you think he seems to be proficient in these commands, then go ahead and teach the stay-come command. If you feel he still needs more practice—go ahead and give it to him. You can weave the sit and stay command into the ball game.
For example, you can command the dog to stay and then roll the ball to him. Then you can ask him to sit whenever you want to praise him for a job well done. Make sure you channel his energy—it not only helps to avoid having a hyper dog that begins to develop bad habits, but it helps with the process of digestion also. Remember to give the dog water inbetween the training/play sessions, especially if the weather is hot.
3-Hourly trips to the potty spot
The 3rd step to How to housebreak a dog is hourly trips to the potty spot.
Once it’s time for the mid-morning meal, make sure that the dog sits before you give him the food. Always have the upper hand—you are the alpha. He should not demand the food. He must wait to get it. Be firm if he jumps around and give the food only when he sits.
See to it that he goes to the potty spot and empties out both his bladder and bowels. Once he does so, you can leave him in the crate for a naptime. Let your dog rest as much as he likes to and when he awakes, take him straight to the potty spot. After he does his duty that take him out for a short reward walk.
If you stick to the hourly trips to the potty spot and 10 minutes and 30 minutes after every meal, your dog would be free of accidents inside the house. However, do not allow him to roam the house free.
Until he can walk to the potty spot alone as an instinctive reaction, he cannot be given access to the other parts of the house except the area where his crate is. He has to first learn to hold his bladder and walk to the elimination spot—he can do this if you keep taking him out every hour.
On Day four, what you can do is go 10 minutes earlier than the usual one-hour gaps to the elimination spot. Allow him to walk by himself to the elimination area. See if he is getting there by himself. If he tries to squat mid-way, say a firm ‘no’ and pick him up and put him on the potty spot. See if the route to the potty spot is inured in him by now and if he is taking the initiative to reach there by himself.
4-Continue with the to-do list
The 4th step to How to housebreak a dog is continuing with the to-do list. Go ahead with the training session after the reward walk and teach him the stay and come command. All you have to do is repeat the stay command and once he ‘stays’ in the spot, hold up a snack and command him to come to you. From now on you can practice the stay-come command before the 2.30 pm snack and then ask him to sit before you put the bowl of food before him.
Take him out to the elimination area and see to it that he does his job, because you will be leaving him out with his toys afterwards. If he doesn’t eliminate crate him and see to it that you take him out 10 minutes later. As long as he is in his den, your dog won’t have accidents—but you can’t put him in the crate indiscriminately.
Have him play and practice the training commands. Use the ball or his favorite toy to play fetch with and take him to the potty spot hourly. Once he is done with his 5.30 pm meal, make sure that you take him to the potty spot to clear out his bladder 10 minutes after the meal and to clear his bowels 30 minutes after the meal. Once he is done—let him relax with the family—but remember, no water after 6.00pm.
5-Getting to know people
The 5th step to How to housebreak a dog is socializing your pet. Another thing you need to do is get him to meet other people. The first few days for a dog is a matter of getting used to his new family and the new house and all this can be stressful. But by today, your dog would be much more in tune with his new life. You can use day four to call the neighbors over as well as your kid’s friends. Introduce your pet to the mailman and allow everyone to pet and hug him.
This socialization would orient your dog towards meeting other people without feeling scared or being aggressive. It would reduce his suspicions and the very fact that he is meeting different people, would help him use his inherent talents for distinguishing people.
Dogs are intelligent creatures and they can sense things about people and situations, which we can’t. So it’s a good idea to expose your dog to as many people as you can with an aim to socialize him better to fit the human world.
6-Getting ready for the night
The 6th step to How to housebreak a dog is getting ready for the night. Your dog would have had ample exercise but add that 8.00pm walk for fresh air. Feed him the evening snack, make sure he visits the elimination spot, hug him and put him in the crate. Move the crate to the bedroom and this time don’t take the dog out at midnight unless he asks for it.
He will not soil the place he sleeps in—he would be most likely to whine and ask you to take him—so see what happens tonight. You can wake and check on him at midnight or get up a little earlier than usual in the morning.
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