|Barked: Sun Sep 21, '08 10:27am PST |
|Housebreaking small dogs can be difficult because small dogs have more "non‐living areas" than large breeds, so restricting your dog's freedom is essential during housebreaking. The living area consists of the spaces where your puppy eats, sleeps, plays and spends time with you. Everything else is considred a 'non‐living" area and fair game to eliminate in.
When at home, restrict your dog's access to any part of the house
if you aren’t able to keep an eye on your dog. Use baby gates, closed
doors or a leash, tethering your puppy to you, to make sure your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to sneak off to other areas to eliminate.
Keep your dog on a regular schedule and your dog outside immediately after:
1) Waking up (including naps)
2) After eating
3) After a play session
other times, your puppy should either be under direct
supervision or confined.
For puppies who are already having a lot of accidents, set a timer (kitchen or oven timers work great!) to remind yourself to take your dog out every hour to try and get back on schedule. Once you have
been accident free for two weeks, try the schedule above.
If you are going to follow the schedule above, use this opportunity to put eliminating on cue.
Take your dog out (preferably on‐leash) and give your dog a cue. I've used "Go Potty!" "Do your business!" "Hurry up!" "Empty your tank!" Pick whatever you feel comfortable saying in front of a large crowd.
• Say the cue just once, then say nothing unless until your puppy eliminates.
• Stand completely still. Remember, this is not a play session, this is serious business. No playing or walking until your dog eliminates.
• If your puppy doesn’t go within 5 minutes, return inside with your dog until the next hour.
• If your dog does eliminate go, praise and reward with a good
treat. Not just any old dry biscuitt! Bring out the good stuff, like cheese, chicken breast, etc.
Please don’t just throw the dog outside and close the door expecting them to know what to do. Make sure you go outside with your dog until they show you that they have the idea!
I hope this helps!
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