marky need help
greyhound w/shepherd 1 year old i just got him he need helpwith being house broking ...........he is the best dog but that just one thing
Reply To: lopezgirl1987
When it comes to house breaking your pet its important to make sure you are consistent, and reward once he goes potty outside. Here is a little more detail:
1. Feed on a schedule: Puppies, as do most animals, possess a reflex called the "gastro-colic reflex". Put simply, when a pup eats a meal, its stomach is stimulated, which in turn stimulates its lower bowels.
2. Take them out: Many dog owners let their pets out, rather than taking them out, and then somehow expect them to figure out on their own what it is they are supposed to do. You must go out with your pup so that you can be there to praise it when it does the right thing. When should you take your pup outside? Most veterinarians recommend that the puppy be taken out after each meal, but also the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Other times include after naps, if your pup has been alone for awhile, and when it gives you “that look”. You can sometimes tell when your puppy wants to go out when it circles around, sits or whines at the door, or when it looks anxiously up at you. \
3. Praise when successful: Outdoors, pick one or two "toilet areas" that your dog can associate with toilet functions. When it defecates or urinates, praise it lavishly and then bring it indoors. In this way, it will associate eliminating outdoors with receiving praise.
4. Do not punish accidents: If accidents should occur in the house, do not raise your voice, spank the pup, rub its nose in it, or otherwise draw attention to the accident. You wouldn't do this to your child and you shouldn't do it to your pet. Besides that, it only makes matters worse. Instead, ignore the mess, remove the pup from the scene, and then clean up the mess out of sight of the pup. Should you catch your pup in the act, immediately take it outdoors (to the toilet area if possible), let it finish and then praise it.
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