There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. Don’t be offended by this statement just learn from it. Dogs just want to love and be loved. They want to be lead, they want boundaries. They will love you more if you offer leadership in a constructive healthy way. There are many different ideas that have been given to people on training their dogs. Don’t listen to the old school techniques that your father told you “use a news paper or rub their nose in it”. There are better ways of dealing with certain behaviors that will help your dog understand what you want in a constructive way.
House Training- This is not as hard as people think. It will take some discipline on your part but it will be well worth it. First of all buy a kennel or enclosed dog bed. Dogs usually will not defecate where they sleep (unless you leave them there for too long and if you do shame on you). When your dog wakes up in the morning or in the middle of the night take them to the spot that you have dedicated for going to the bathroom. When they do the deed praised them. Use the same commands “go potty”, when they accomplish the task praise them. Only feed your dog at certain times in the day. Many people leave food out all day and then wonder why their dog is hard to house train. Feed them and then take them to the designated place immediately, use the same word “go potty” praise them when the deed is done. Dogs learn from praise and repetition. It should only take you about 2-3 weeks to house train your dog. Don’t let them wonder around the house unattended. If you cannot watch your dog put them in their dog bed or kennel.
Don’t ever use your dogs’ bed as a place for punishment. If your dog does use the bathroom in the house you must catch them in the act. If you do not they do not understand if you are angry at their past actions. If you do catch them say “No” and put them outside, when they use the bathroom out side praise them. Some dogs are easier to train than others but all it takes is consistency on your part.
Some people may feel like putting your dog in their bed while you are gone is mean. Please do not feel this way. Dogs love their own space, they feel safe there. Just don’t leave them for too long without getting out exercising and using the bathroom.
Lollie writes about Dog Beds and writes articles for Dog Bed Discount