Dog House Training

dog house training

Master the easy and effective way of dog house training: enjoying a clean house with a happy dog and a happy owner. Dogs love to do their business outside the house, so all you have is to teach them "a trick" how they can get out of the house to do their business. Dogs love to learn tricks, so here goes.

Fun and easy steps to house training a dog

If you don’t ant your dog scratching your door each time he wants to go out, try to train him to ring a bel for example. Some owners teach their dog to bark when they want to go out, but I strongly advice against that: suppose your dog is barking because he hears a burglar and your spontaneous reaction is opening the door… You see what I am getting at.

  • Get yourself a bell that’s easy to ring butt strong enough to withstand your dogs paws. Hang the bel on the door knob at your dog’s nose level. You can DIY or buy a dog door bel in your local pet shop:
    House training a dog 
    House training a dog with a dog door bell
  • Every time you need to take your dog out to potty, make sure he hits the bell first before you open the door (or you help the bell hitting the dog…). This will train your dog that the sound of the bell is related to the door opening.
  • Now put your dog’s favorite treat on the bel. Of course your dog will go for it and ring the bell. So you open the door. Now your dog learns that when he rings the bell, you will come and open the door for him (the dog
    training the master so to speak…)
  • Keep on repeating the 2 previous steps until one day your dog rings the bell all by himself. Now make sure you are around, ask your dog if he wants to go out, and when your dog rings the bell again: open the door for him and be sure you just house trained your dog!

Extra accessories when house training a dog

When you are house training a dog, make sure you use a timer, treats and pee pads:

  • time the amount of training you are giving your dog. After one hour, your dog is literary dog-tired butt he will never show it to you. So time your training sessions and always end on a positive note.
  • food dog treats are the most effective to reward your dog, but don’t exaggerate: use commands like "good boy" or a caress to reward your dog as well. Obese dogs aren’t happy dogs so go easy on dog treats.
  • pee pads absorb a dog’s urine very well, so are very useful when you just start to potty train your dog. You rather have your dog using the pee pad than using your carpet when it isn’t house trained yet.

How to punish when house training a dog?

Dogs love positive attention much more than they hate negative attention. Because even negative attention is better than no attention at all and above all, dogs love to play around.

Physical punishments aren’t an efficient training method: your dog will get confused that one time your hand caresses him and the other time your hand punishes him. When your training is not successful, it is mostly you doing something wrong rather than your pet doing something wrong. The best way to show your discontent is a "firm No!".

Totally ignore the dog if he doesn’t obey any of your commands. Do not even look his way as the most severe punishment for not obeying your commands. Dogs thrive on attention and when you ignore your dog, he wont get any attention. If you practice this continually, your dog will eventually make the connection.

Maybe what you are asking is "too complicated" for the dog, so be patient and go over all the steps again that you want your dog to do. Quickly rewarding your pet for each desired behavior is much more effective than punishing the dog over and over again. Your dog will understand fast that something is wrong, butt you need to train him an alternative that is right or your dog will have no choice butt repeating the wrong behavior.

Never let a puppy do something you wouldn’t like a grown up dog to do! Because one day your puppy will grow up as well and not at all understand that why the behavior he had when being a puppy is suddenly wrong behavior. Nothing worse than confusing a dog when training them: always be clear and persistent in what you want and reward your dog when he achieves what you want him to achieve.

If your dog still doesn’t learn to go out when he needs to go potty, then you need to make sure he uses the pee pad each and every time. Once he starts using a pee pad on his own, you need to slowly butt surely introduce it outside the house. Sooner or later your dog will get the hint that he has to pee outside, so all in all: house training a dog boils down to:

  • breaking things down in clear and easy steps
  • being patient and explaining your dog over and over again
  • and worse case scenario when your dog doesn’t seem to get it: accommodating to what your dog does and building on that to reach the desired behavior.

What is so great about this bell-house training a dog? You can bring the bell with you and your dog to any place other than your house. As soon as your dog needs to go potty, he will ring the bell and you know what to do. This way of house training a dog is great when you have an older dog that needs to potty more often and knows how to tell you in advance.

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