Wolf Dog Training Tips
Housebreaking Your Pet
Potty training is pretty simple if you can keep the dog in your site. You should be able to see that he or she is sniffing around and walking in circles (that’s the best indication of needing to pee or poop) Right when You see the action of “going to the bathroom,” give the dog a quick tug on the collar and walk him outside to the potty spot. The point of this is to make it a negative experience for the dog. When he does go to the bathroom outside, praise dog like it just made you a million bucks. Doing this right and consistently can sometimes get your pup potty trained in a weekend!
If you cannot follow your dog around at all times to look for potty signs, crate Him or her. This is another good method. It is not cruel. It saves both you and the dog a lot of heartache down the road. Make sure you do this early. 8 weeks is a great age to start. Take the Baby out often. Play with it, love it, feed it and reward it When it potties outside. Then put it back in its own space. This will not only help potty train your baby but it will make it easier to manage as well. Know that it will be very difficult for the first week or so. You might need to put the crate far away from the bedrooms as the pup might cry a lot. You have to be strong and know you are doing the best thing for all of you. It only takes a couple weeks and after that you will be able to leave the crate door open so your baby still has access to its own space. You will be surprised how often your pup goes back to its crate on its own because it has become its safe den.
Crate training tip:
Crate training can be difficult, and we often train our dogs to do the opposite of what we want them to do, and here is why. You put your pup in the crate, walk away, and the pup starts to cry, bark, and whimper, and continues to do so for 5-10-15 minutes. Then feeling bad for the pup go take the pup out, hold it, pet it and comfort the pup. Then you put the pup back in, and it does the same thing, and you “Rescue” the pup again. You now have trained the pup to cry, bark, and whimper to get out. This cycle will never work; you and your dog will become confused and frustrated.
First step put a treat in the crate and allow the pup to walk in and out of the crate freely a few times. After this, put the pup in the crate and close the crate. Don’t walk out of the room yet, sit by the crate, but ignore the pup, even if it cry’s, barks or whimpers. (It is very important to not give in) wait until the pup settles down, and stops crying and/or whimpering (Depending on the pup this can take anywhere from a few minutes to several minutes) When the pup has calmed down, pull the pup out and pet it normally, don’t over do it. We sometimes make it a bigger deal then it needs to be. Repeat this step a few times a day for 1 to 3 days. This teaches your pet that it’s okay to be in the crate; the pup will soon stop crying, and will be more wiling to enter the crate and stay. Next step is to move further away from the crate, until you’re able to exit the room without the pup crying.
While the above methods have the best results, sometimes there is that stubborn pup that doesn’t mind sleeping where it eliminates or has no desire to potty where he or she is supposed to. This section is for those puppies that refuse to potty train. It is also for those of you who work long hours, who feel bad about leaving your pup in a crate and those who plan on having your pup outside and dont feel the need to potty train. Metal puppy play-yards are excellent for keeping your pup confined but with enough space to play. Line the entire bottom with wood chips; this will keep things nice, clean and fresh smelling. The chips soak up all the urine and bury the poop so it doesn’t get all over paws and fur. The only downside is the woodchips get everywhere, so keep that in mind when setting up the play-yard. You have to know that doing this does not help in potty training but it can be a huge help to those of you who have a stubborn baby that has made one too many messes. The majority of pups will potty train with the listed methods if you are firm and stick with it. This advice is mostly for that hard headed pup that doesn’t mind sleeping in his own poop. In cases like that wood chips and a playpen can save your relationship.
Behavior Issues In Dogs
The main thing to remember is to reward wanted, obeyed behaviors, and to create negative association for unwanted behaviors. One method that works well is with a water bottle full of water. You can either follow Your dog around until You catch it doing something wrong, then You shoot it directly in the face with the water bottle. This works with a variety of bad behaviors such as getting into the garbage, jumping up on the countertop or table, getting on furniture, chewing, going into rooms they’re not supposed to and so on. If You dont have the time or patience to let Your dog mess up on its own, You can use a technique called “Canine Entrapment” To speed training up. Your basically going to tempt Your dog into naughtyness. Do this by placing a yummy treat in the garbage, on the counter top, table, or couch. As soon as your dog goes for the treat give him or her a quick spray of water right on the face and say no! It would only take a couple of squirts and a short time before your dog will associate the negativity reaction he or she gets every time she does the unwanted behavior. Remember not to praise your dog after you give any form of correction. That would be very confusing for the dog. Some people after giving a correction will praise the dog, and the dog just gets lost in your communication. Learning when to praise is important, many often give praise too often. The easiest way not to confuse Your pet is immediately following the spraying put the animal outside or in its crate. A short puppy time out will reduce the risk of sending mixed signals after the misdeed.
I am sure many of you have heard or said that your dog knows when it’s in trouble, “He knows when I am mad at him” after you have discovered that the dog has gone to the bathroom in the house, or chewed your shoes, because he or she whimpers, gets on their back, and acts submissive. And that all of this is an indication to you, that the dog “knows” they did something wrong. This is not true. Canines live for the moment, they have no idea that you are upset with them because the peed in your closest an hour ago. All they are doing is sensing your body language and energy and know that you’re unhappy. Unless you catch your dog in the act, your correction will do nothing for the dog. Rubbing your dog’s nose in its own urine or poop does not do anything to teach Your dog. The same goes for taking the dog to the spot and scolding it. You cannot correct behaviors if you don’t see them. They do not understand being punished for anything other than what they are doing the minute you punish them.
Dogs communicate by body language, your posture, and the energy you’re giving off. Dogs can sense if you’re sad, happy, or mad. Your pup needs a leader and you can be that! Remember negative association with unwanted behaviors and positive association with wanted behaviors. When you spray the dog to stop unwanted acts say “No” loudly and soon you will be able to stop using the bottle, and simply use the word “No” because he or she associates that word with negativity.
Now the water bottle is no miracle. There are some pets with more serious behavior problems. Its always a good idea to speak to a professional Animal Trainer. You can also find products to help with specific problems such as a bitter spray for a dog that chews on all the wrong things. For a dog that will not stop barking we recommend training collars, which give a humane safe way of correcting the dog.
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