|Read "Training" and "Housetraining" First!
- Be patient-Never lose your temper
- Tune in to your dog, (do you make assumptions? Avoid attributing
human motives such as "he is getting back at me, he is defiant or
willful" verify whenever possible!)
- Don't order what you won't/can't enforce
- Don't "ask" do "tell". Better results!
Don't be a "pushover"
Reward / Reinforce / Praise
Correct / Distract
- Make dog work for treats, no "free" treats
- Ideally, treats are unanticipated rewards
use punishment, best done
- If you use corrections, reprimands, especially if you
when you KNOW from past experience
the dog KNOWS what is expected!
- dog may not do what you ask due to not taking taking you
- This is due to inconsistency, or a greater incentive to do
- Avoid sharing your food with your dog (gives wrong message..that
you are pack equals)
- Never reward "begging" (gives wrong message..dog is controlling
want due to fear or anxiety! If you correct when dog is afraid
- NOTE: Be CERTAIN your dog isn't reluctant to do what you
or anxious you will undo anything the lesson was aiming
to accomplish and may harm the dog's temperament.
- Use same words/tone with each command
- Each dog is unique, so there are exceptions to rules
- Stop doing what isn't working!!
- Don't overindulge dog's every wish, thinking you are being a
good parent, courteous, loving, or thoughtful to step out of the way
of your dog, do what it pleases or give whatever it wants, (gives
wrong message, that the dog is the leader and you are there to
serve, makes dog insecure). Exception would be a very submissive
timid dog that you are trying to encourage and bring out of its shell.
- Afraid your dog won't love you if you insist on good behavior?
Opposite is true! You'll be respected, loved more!
- In Wolf or dog pack, subordinate members have great affection for
the alpha leader. Your dog will love you more because you are
providing structure and security!
- Remember: you give your dog security, comfort and safety
when you are the leader!
- When pup is in a "No
Potty" area, (couch,
floor, car etc) be
vigilant to the
- Do not let pup out of
sight for an instant! Be
ready to "pounce" if pup
- Keep pup restrained
or confined in a
designated "potty OK"
area (papers all over
floor or outside) unless
surveillance with your
- Use same
potty area(s): One
indoors for young pup,
and one outdoors
- Honor the puppy's
30 minutes to an hour
may urinate without
- Will potty instantly
after eating or
- Little bladder control
till 3 or 4 months
- Crate train pup so pup
can be put in smallest
comfortable crate for
short periods 1-2 hrs.
With a chewie daily.
- Crate pup overnight
starting at 4 or 5
months, but only if pup
does not soil crate.
Crate must be only
slightly bigger than pup!
- Housetrained dog
can have bigger crate
- Never punish a
- Their "mistake" is
really your mistake!
- At first, say the potty
word and reward after
going. Never make your
dog anxious of "going"
in your presence!
- Feed on schedule to
regulate potty habits
- No food/little or no
water after 4 pm.
- Potty training is all
about your pup, not
about you. Tune in and
recognizing its physical
cues and needs,
condition pup to "Potty
area" smells and feel of
surface underfoot to
stimulate the potty reflex.
Leave some soiled area
to stimulate potty urge.
in an untrained pup.
Read "Housetraining"and "Training" First!!
Out-of-control behavior does not equal happiness!