Housebreaking a dog is something you need to start the moment you bring little Chester into the house. The most difficult part of house training an animal is that they don’t think in the same terms we do. They have completely different though processes than we do, but the one thing any dog owner has on their side is that a dog will unconditionally do anything they can to please their owners. Teaching them when and “where” to go to the bathroom, and keeping them off the furniture are the two most common issues.
A dog will need to go to the bathroom at least 5 times a day and possibly more in some cases. You need to tune into the signs a dog is going to make when they have to go, in order to be successful in housebreaking a dog. If you see them turning in circles, or they seem to be sniffing an area for an extra long period of time, then get them outside right away. When you read the signals a few times, they will start to come to you and give you the “look” letting you know they have to go.
It’s best to try and keep an eye on them for the first little while they’re in the home. Catching them and disciplining them after the act will not do much of anything: Because even though they can see you’re displeased, they don’t put the act of doing their business together with the mess on the floor. Talking to them sternly when you catch them tells them not to do it again or you’ll be mad.
Furniture & Other Delicates
When you’re housebreaking a dog, different rules will apply from owner to owner, but most of us don’t allow our dog on every item of furniture in the house. This will be less of a problem than teaching them to go to the bathroom, since they will usually jump on your sofa or bed when you do — making it easier to correct the problem. There is never a reason to hit them, say “No” loudly and gently push or lift them off. This may take many attempts until they realize what you don’t want them to do, but once trained they will stay away from areas they aren’t welcome.