Dogs are wonderful companions. Bred for various reasons—sport, show, protection—dogs are above all bred to be loyal and loveable.
They are much deeper creatures than we humans often give them credit for and are capable of exhibiting many human emotions.
That said, dogs require quite a bit of training. Here are some dog training and puppy housebreaking tips to help you out.
For indoor dogs, house training is a crucial step in discipline and bonding. There are numerous dog training products in the market that can help you housebreak your puppy. The dog potty is an especially effective tool.
It is best to start early in your dog’s life. Puppies are more open to learning, while older dogs have a longer chance to pick up bad habits. If you adopted an older dog, he may already be housetrained, but a new home means a new environment. In either case, be patient.
Housebreaking is not easy and won’t happen overnight.
Make sure to designate an appropriate place, outside or inside, for your dog to do its business. This area should be away from where the dog normally eats, sleeps, and plays.
While every dog is capable of being trained, some are more genetically predisposed to learning certain things. A few breeds that are easier to train include:
- Labrador Retriever: Retrievers as a whole are very smart animals. Labradors are known to be loyal, helpful, and courageous. They are super loveable and affectionate, and although they might be a bit energetic, they are eager to please.
- Papillon: A smaller breed, the Papillon is known for its large, butterfly-like ears. Clean, intelligent, and affectionate, Papillons are sure to pick up training cues quite easily.
- Australian Cattle Dog: Bred to herd, the Australian cattle dog yearns for some mental and physical activity. They are eager to learn and full of energy.
Genetics plays a large part in how a dog develops and interacts, but remember that each individual dog is unique. Your dog’s breed gives you a general idea of what to expect, but don’t underestimate a dog’s abilities.
About Punishments and Rewards
Positive stimuli are always much more effective than negative. When training your dog, reward him with tons of praise and frequent treats. Positive reinforcement will also last much longer than punishments.
Don’t ever hit or yell at your dog. Either can be damaging to your dog and also send the wrong messages during training. For example, yelling at your dog for piddling on the rug will only make him afraid of you and cause him to sneak away to some other corner of the house to relieve himself next time.
Be good to your dog and he will be good to you.