Today’s quick housebreaking tip – keep them close.
When you are housebreaking your new rescue dog or brand new puppy, don’t start out thinking that you are Housebreaking.
Try instead to think of it as ‘room breaking’. One room at a time. One area.
Your dog doesn’t realize that just because he isn’t supposed to pee in the kitchen, he also isn’t supposed to not pee in the bedroom. (How many negatives was that? I lost count. But I think you get the idea.) He just doesn’t know, can’t realize. His brain doesn’t work that way.
One trick I’ve found, when you start letting them explore more, to break out of the kitchen – in the den – watch tv with the family! Is to put them on the leash and keep them close. I worked with a cocker puppy a while back who had it in his head, he ran to the basement room and peed every time he got loose. Driving the mom nuts with frustration. I told her to put the dog on the leash several times a day and walk the dog TO the basement, instead of trying to keep him out! He needed to realize this was part of his usual house, not the outside, or the bathroom or whatever he was thinking.
Because until we explain it to them in a way they understand, they don’t understand.
So during your housebreaking time, think small. Housebreak them in This room first. Then one more room. But walk them around the house, on the leash, let them know its all part of where they live. Its not the outside, their place to pee. It will take them a while to figure it out, but they will.
As an aside – my attempts to make sweet potato treats over on www.longroadkennel.com today. Check it out, give me some better ideas if you have them? Thanks.