Re: house breaking and behaviorPosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: December 27, 2002 at 21:19:54
In Reply to: house breaking and behavior
: Hi! We've had our "Winnie" for a week now and she's doing quite well with house breaking. She's only had a few accidents.
Taking a pup to a specific area of a yard to go potty is one of the best ways to encourage a pup to eliminate outdoors. This means that you not only have to take Winnie (on-lead) to the area but also stay with her to encourage/praise her efforts. Additionally, you need to pick-up her feces daily; dogs can easily "smell" where they've eliminated so they don't need, or want, piles of poop in their "area."
You are correct that Winnie's behavior is an indication of her feeling more at home with your family; this is a good thing because you all see the "other side" of what it means to own a cute little puppy. Just telling her NO! won't work, Sandra; NO! requires a verb to be considered a command.
Our Search Engine is full of information regarding training pups to specific potty areas as well as techniques for dealing with new pups in general; I am providing links to some FAQs to get you started. Good luck and hang in there.