Housebreaking Adult Dogs - IACP

▶ Certain breeds of dogs lend themselves more to problematic housebreaking issues.
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These basic principals are easy to establish and are remarkably successful. I willingly provide the information here, freely, in the hopes of it helping the owner with housebreaking problems. Although there is tons of literature and “advise” available on the internet about housebreaking adult dogs and puppies; in this article, that information is parsed down to the bare essentials for convenience both of understanding and concept.
With diligence and the proper protocol, housebreaking can be a pleasant experience for both dogs and family members.
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A big part of housebreaking is just preserving your dog’s natural tendency to keep clean. Clean all accidents up with a and give your dog a bath if he has an accident on himself and gets dirty. Housebreaking an adult dog has a few differences to . The need to housebreak an adult dog can arise:
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The most important aspect of housebreaking a dog is the use of excellent management. Management involves the general care and supervision of the dog...control the dog's environment to prevent mistakes (accidental training) until your training can install the behaviors you want in your dog. In this case eliminating outside.There are three basic methods of housebreaking puppies or dogs - the basic direct method, the paper method, and the litter box method. Each method refers to where the dog potties.Use a crate. It is sooo helpful for housebreaking. In general a puppy can remain in a crate for approximately one hour more than it is months old...a two month old puppy can be in a crate for 3 hours etc. All puppies/dogs can remain in a crate all night. No puppy/dog should be in a crate for 10 hour stretches...it is very hard on them mentally. Use a 'long term' confinement area like an exercise pen or dog proofed kitchen, bathroom, utility room.A. Patience is key when it comes to housebreaking because every pup will pick up the process at his own pace. And unless a dog is taught where to eliminate, he'll look for any spot that's convenient and safe, which often ends up being the carpeting! Unfortunately, dogs aren't born with the moral reasoning to understand that going to the bathroom inside the house is wrong.
The key to successfully housebreaking your dog is consistency. Dogs are creatures of habit and if you are consistently taking your dog out to the “bathroom” at the same time and through the same doorway, then your dog should be housebroken in no time!The following steps are designed to help you begin training and housebreaking any dog. They are divided into two sections: puppies and older dogs.