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This little dog is Bijou, the latest addition to our menagerie. She is a Bichon Frise bitch, roughly 3 – 4 years old, rescued from appalling conditions at some scumball breeders hell-hole.
When she first arrived she hardly behaved like a dog. She did not understand kindness, cowered from any hand and became a shaking, limp sack of potatoes when she was picked up. She did not play – having never done so – and she did not recognize any food other than the dry bland stuff. She would stay where ever she was placed, like a rag doll – see pic 1.Oh, and of course she was not house trained in the slightest. Clearly, her formative years had been a nightmare.
Now it’s almost three months, and she eats everything she can get her teeth on, plays all day with Fynn, sleeps all night without a problem on the bed and responds to her new name. Only occasionally does she stop wagging her tail and cower, though she still pees and poos in the bathroom! Well, we do too I suppose.
Thanks to Many Tears dog rescue for saving her.
Oh, and she now insists on a cuddle once every hour, licks our hands for hours and greets us when we come in and guards the house from non-existant threats!
House Training Dogs
When you are bringing home a new puppy, one of the most important things to consider is house training dogs. This is something that will come back to haunt you, if you do not take the time to teach the dog to not go in the house. Your dog could easily ruin rugs or even worse entire flooring in rooms that they go to the bathroom in, this is not only costly it is disgusting as well. You do not want a dog feeling like they are allowed to use the bathroom in your home; this is why the training is so critical.
Training That Makes Sense
House training dogs is something that you will be dedicating a great deal of time, in order for the dog to master it. There are many things that could set a dog back from their house breaking training, and if you are not careful a simple issue can become a major stall or stick in the spokes. You need to be patient with the young dog, and show them that it is ok to go outside. This will allow the dog to experiment with the area of where they would prefer to go, when they are taken out. House training your dog is training that actually makes sense. It is something that will get the dog to go potty outside, and they will not make your home their personal toilet. This is good for everyone involved, and the dog will most likely not even remember the training happened after a few years.
Trial And Error
House training dogs is more or less about trial and error. You will be working with the dog on a variety of methods in order to get them to go outside. You will want to be sure that the puppy is take out at the very least once per hour during the day. This will give the dog a chance to see that they can be outside and that this is the appropriate place for them to potty.
At around the 30 minute mark after then have eaten or had a drink, they should also be brought out. This is because their digestive track is not mature yet, so they will not be able to wait as long as an older dog. These simple guidelines will help set the boundaries for the puppy, and the puppy will stand a better chance at success.
You Will Appreciate It In The End
House training dogs is something that you will definitely appreciate at the end, and you will be more than happy that you took the time to show them where to potty. If the dog is not shown otherwise, there is really no reason why the dog should not go to the bathroom in the house. This is not their fault as they do not know any better, so this is where you come in. the proper training will come from you, and will benefit both of you.
Sandra Dobson writes dog training related articles for the Good Dog Training Books website at http://www.gooddogtrainingbooks.com