Before you begin housebreaking dogs, there are several things to avoid.
All owners have a different method for training.
Some methods work better than others, but no matter what type of training you decide to use there numerous things you should avoid.
In my experience, all of these "so called" techniques have made housebreaking dogs more difficult.
Training Technique to Avoid: Physical Punishment Hitting your dog or rubbing his nose in his "mess" is cruel and useless.
Housebreaking dogs should not be a procedure in which your dog learns to fear you.
There are much more humane and gentle ways to get the results you want.
Fear has a tendency to lead to aggression.
No dog owner wants to deal with that.
Training Technique to Avoid: Puppy Pads Believe me, as convenient as they may seem, puppy pads only make housebreaking dogs more difficult.
Why would you want to do twice the work? It's just as easy to teach your dog to go potty outside as it is to go on a puppy pad.
When housebreaking dogs using puppy pads, the owner teaches their dog to go on the pad and also outside.
This confuses the dog.
He's not sure what you want from him- potty inside or outside.
Rather than spending money on puppy pads, stick with taking him outside to go potty.
This will make housebreaking much quicker.
Training Technique to Avoid: Tying Your Dog Outside For Long Periods Many owners think this is a great way to eliminate dog accidents in the house.
But how will your dog learn not to go potty in the house if he is not inside frequently.
Tying your dog outside for a little while is fine.
This does give him the opportunity to "do his business.
" But don't overdo it.
Leaving him outside all day isn't going to teach him anything.
He needs to be in the house so that he understands that inside is not the correct place to potty.
Keep these "no-nos" in mind when housebreaking dogs.
Especially the physical punishment issue.
Physically punishing your dog is never the way to get the results you are seeking.
Before you begin, form a plan and stick to it.
Repetition is extremely important in housebreaking dogs.
Housebreaking dogs is one of the most difficult tasks to tackle.
Just remember, it takes a lot of patience, but you will accomplish it and move on to more enjoyable times with your dog.