|Barked: Wed Jan 25, '12 9:56am PST |
|So he's never been housetrained then?
The idea that the dog understands what they did wrong is a common misconception. The dog knows that pee on the floor will make his humans angry but he doesn't understand why it makes them angry. Dogs live in the moment so unless they catch him in the act of peeing, it's no use correcting him because he doesn't associate pee on the floor with his act of peeing on the floor.
He really sounds like he just needs to be properly housetrained. I would advise them to get a correctly sized crate (a crate that's too large won't work) and start crate training the dog. A crate is one of the fastest ways to housebreak a dog.
He just walks off when you're not paying attention and pees.
That's why tethering is such a great concept. The dog can't wander off while tethered to a person. Whenever he isn't crated, he needs to be tethered. They should be taking him out often (immediately after being let out of the crate, after sleeping, after eating, after exercise) and praising with treats and rewards anytime he goes outside. If he goes in the house, they should interrupt him (because if he's tethered to them they can't miss it) and calmly take him outside. When he finishes going outside, big party with lots of praise.
If the dog has been allowed to pee in the house for three years, they should expect housebreaking to take longer than normal because he's not just learning a new behavior, he's unlearning an old one. But if they go back to the basics and keep eyes on the dog at all times, they will be able to housebreak him.
Edited by author Wed Jan 25, '12 10:09am PST
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