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An Approach to Housetraining an Adult Dog

Bringing an adult dog into your home demands as much effort from you and the family as does a puppy. It’s a mistake to think that just because the dog is full-grown and may have been potty trained in one home, that he’ll just immediately adjust to your home’s elimination schedule, too. That’s not realistic. The dog has many adjustments to his new environment and doesn’t instinctively know that you don’t allow peeing on the floor – especially his prior owner didn’t mind or didn’t seem to […]

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Housebreaking Versus Housetraining

Housebreaking a puppy starts with the wrong premise – breaking. It’s as if you want to make the puppy stop being a puppy and function like a perfect little toy. That’s neither fair nor realistic. A pet owner who wants to establish a positive relationship with the pet is focused on housetraining. This approach shows the puppy how to live comfortably in your environment. Forget the old school methods that teach you to start paper training and swatting a puppy the first day it’s home. Whether you […]

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The Leash and Crate Mix

Most dogs lack the opportunity to roam a large backyard at will. They’re more likely to spend the day indoors while their family members are away at work and school. This can make sticking to a potty training schedule more difficult. A combination of crate and leash training works for some dogs. If the adult dog is new to your family or returning home after time in a kennel while you were away, you may have to reinforce his potty training. One option is to return him […]

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Potty Training for Small Dogs

How to potty train a dog

Granted, small dogs can only make small messes. But you’ll pay the same carpet cleaning costs to do the room with urine stains whether it’s made by a Chihuahua or a Doberman. Potty training for small dogs need the same potty training basics as any dog. You have to remember that their size might work against them in that their tiny bladders won’t hold as much (or for as long) if you’re late coming home for their potty break. Small dogs don’t mind living in apartments or homes […]

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What If You Don’t Want to Crate Train?

What If You Don’t Want to Crate Train?

You might think that crates are great for shipping cargo, but that dogs are living creatures who deserve better than that. To you, bringing a dog into your home is adding to your family. It’s not a toy to put in the crate while you’re busy and take out a few hours when you have time. You believe that’s not fair to the dog. Crate training may be a popular method for housetraining, but you don’t have to do this to successfully train your dog. As you’re […]

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Stop Dog Barking

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking Dogs make great early warning systems. If anyone comes around your house, a dog can alert you that someone is there before that person even reaches your door. So for safety and security, nothing can beat having a furry member of the family around. There are times when you want your dog to bark. If there’s something going on outside your home, your dog alerts you by barking. This is his way of taking care of you and protecting […]

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Crate Training Is the Most Common Potty Training Approach for Pups

Crate Training Is the Most Common Potty Training Approach for Pups

Placing a puppy in a crate may sound restrictive and unkind, but when used positively, it can be effective for housetraining. By nature, dogs don’t like to potty in the same place that they sleep or eat. Now you know why the newspaper you put in the kitchen next to the dog bowls isn’t as appealing for a potty as your living room carpet. Crate training only gets the desired response if done when you’re at home and supervising the time limits. Confining a puppy in a […]

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