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Housebreaking Your Dog

Whether or not you plan to invite your dog into your home or prefer to let him/her roam around the yard, housebreaking your dog is well worth the effort. If your dog will be an indoor pet, the benefits are obvious. But, even an outside pet can benefit from knowing when and where to "go". What if you and your family are going on vacation and plan to take your dog along for the trip? Not only will the hotel appreciate the fact that your dog is housebroken, but the drive will also be much more pleasant. If you don't take your pet on vacations, what will happen if you need to leave him/her with a friend or relative? If they bring the dog into their home, both you and they will be thankful for a housebroken pet.

Housebreaking your dog is a very important detail and, although tedious, is very necessary. The truth is that your dog desperately wants your love and approval and they will do anything to make you happy. Housebreaking your dog isn't easy and it may involve a few glitches, but it's well worth the effort for both you and your pet.

When it comes to housebreaking, you can either train your dog conventionally by taking him/her outside after every meal, first thing in the morning and last thing at night or use the crate training method. The conventional approach to housebreaking will set your dog on a schedule and he/she will begin to recognize when and where to take care of business. With crate training, your pet will be confined to a small space that will quickly begin to feel like home. Because your dog will not want to relieve itself in a home-like environment, he/she will learn to wait for the appropriate time to seek relief. They key to effective crate training is to only place your pet in the crate for short intervals, which may be up to 2 hours at a time, and while you are unable to monitor them closely. You can also leave them in the crate overnight, but they must be taken outside first thing in the morning and last thing before placing them in the crate at night.

Regardless of which housebreaking method you choose, there will most definitely be "accidents" along the way. Crate training can be difficult, especially for puppies who are just learning how to control their bodies. As he/she gets older, the task will be easier and more controllable. During the earliest days and weeks of housebreaking, your pet will likely slip up and relieve itself somewhere that you would consider to be off-limits. If you allow your dog to roam freely throughout the house without supervision, the likelihood increases. Once they learn the routine and the training has set in, your dog will learn how to let you know when he/she needs to go outside.

How can you tell when your dog needs to step out? Sniffing the carpet, walking in small circles and whining or pawing at the door are very common symptoms that your dog is trying to tell you something. When this happens, let your pet out immediately. If your housebreaking method is to be effective, your dog needs to know that he/she will be able to communicate with you and that you will respond in a timely manner. Just as you want your pet to understand your commands, your pet very much needs to know that you understand his/hers.

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The Hurricane Dog Training Challenge

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Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:20:00 GMT

Western Massachusetts K-9 officers get training on use of overdose-reversing drug naloxone for their dogs

SPRINGFIELD -- When police K-9 officers conduct drug raids, they often bring along their canine partners, exposing them to all sorts of potent drugs. The VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield is teaching police officers how to keep their dogs safe ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:47:00 GMT

Program has Pa. inmates training dogs until ready for adoption

A program at a state correctional facility in Luzerne County has inmates training dogs until they can be placed into their forever homes. The Citizens' Voice reports that State Correctional Institute at Retreat received three dogs on Monday from a chapter ...

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Dogs graduate from SCI-Greene inmate service dog training program

Inmates are making meaningful contributions to society from behind bars by training puppies for work as service dogs through a program at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. "A lot of people are in bad shape in the world, and we can help ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:30:00 GMT

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Published:  Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:35:00 GMT

Second Chance Dog Training Program Teaches Young Inmates New Skills

Four-legged friends are teaching young inmates at the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) self-awareness and a new skill. Listen Listening... 1:10 Second Chance Dog Training Program encourages qualifying cadets of the MDCR Boot ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:15:00 GMT

FOTAS/USCA dog training class's top students available for adoption

They've worked hard, learned a lot and are ready to find new homes. The first participants in the FOTAS and USC Aiken joint dog training program are now available for adoption at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. These graduates, many of them bully mixes ...

Published:  Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:57:00 GMT

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Published:  Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:35:00 GMT

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Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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