Re: Housebreaking Question
posted at 8/4/2010 12:56 PM EDT
when you correct the dog in the act, you correct them by saying "no, outside!" and then bring them directly outside. When they finish outside, you praise them.
The correcting cannot be purely verbal, it needs to be physical. Just as you'd physically put a dog into the sit position if it failed to sit, you physically bring the dog outside of it fails to do so before releiving itself. The dog learns the act itself is fine, it's just the location that needs to change.
Dogs cannot understand the abstract concept of "this is your pee, and I'm unhappy that you peed here earlier instead of going outside."
It's much easier to understand "No, don't pee inside, here, I'll bring you outside. Now it's good that you're peeing."
Forcibly rubbing a dog's face into it's accident is just plain cruel. Do you rub a child's face into their accident while they're potty training? No! Because it's just plain cruel to do so.
It's far more effective to crate a dog than to rub it's nose in it. If a dog pees in its crate, it has to sit in it. That's not enjoyable. Just as a child has to sit in wet pants if they have an accident until someone can get them a clean pair. They learn "if I don't hold it, I have to sit in it." You crate them while you cannot keep an eye on them. When you can keep an eye on them, you watch for signs that they have to relieve themselves, then bring them outside.
As I said, my dog used to try and sneak off to go pee. But, by keeping him crated unless I could keep an eye on him, sneaking off was no longer an option, and his housebreaking went rather smoothly after that.
Keeping him to a strict schedule also gives him the confidence of knowing when he'll be going outside, so he knows how long he has to hold it for. Dogs thrive on routine, and they're good at altering their own behavior to fit a routine.
In Response to Re: Housebreaking Question
You guys should use whatever method you feel comfortable using when housebreaking. I'm just saying that limiting scolding to when they get caught in the act is not necessary if you also praise the desired behavior. This is a huge debate in the dog training world and caused a certifying organization to split. I'm not trying to convince anyone which is the best method, but simply stating that there are 2 different schools of thought on this. If you scold only when they get caught, they may learn to hide the behavior. They'll still go potty in the house, but they'll just make sure that they do it when you aren't looking. You are in effect teaching them that it's bad to pee in the house when you can see them. But if they hide, if they go into an empty room, then they can pee without negative consequences. If you only correct when you catch them in the act, they'll learn to hide the act. You can always limit scolding to when you catch them in the act and praise when they go outside. If that works, then great. But if they start peeing in the house when no one is looking, then add showing them the deed and scolding. Some dogs learn quicker than others. I've got 2 dogs - same age, same breed, same gender, same breeder, gotten at the same time. One was easily house broken. Just used the scolding in the act and praise outside. Now, when he has to pee, he walks to the back door and barks once. The other dog was harder to house train. He doesn't want to go outside. He'd prefer to go into an empty room to take care of business. The second one has been much harder to train in everything. The first dog is much more obedient (which is odd because he's more dominant). With the second dog, I've had to show him the deed and scold as well as praise the desired behavior. But again, the second dog is much more headstrong than the first. He's much more subtle, and he's much more persistent in trying to do what he wants to do. Just like when putting them in a sit. One dog sits very quickly. The other dog doesn't. As a result, the second dog gets a bit of a correction when he doesn't quickly go into a sit as well as praise when he gets into the sit. And if he sits quickly, he gets tons of praise. Different dogs, different training techniques. Believe me, I wish the second dog was as easy to train as the first. But then again, I wish the first dog didn't get so excited all the time and was more relaxed like the second dog.
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