Housetraining a dog can be a challenging issue to a new dog owner who is unprepared for the job. Before bringing home the new member of the family one should educate themselves on how to properly go about training the dog to do his or her business in the proper location.
The well known animal expert Marc Marrone gives his advice and steps to successfully housetrain dogs.
Super star expert pet adviser and owner of the pet shop, Parrots of the World, in Long Island, New York, Marrone offers his expertise in the area of housetraining the family dog. Marrone is well known as Martha Stewarts “Pet Expert” as well as being host of his own shows and a columnist featured in Newsday.
Marrone explains that the key is to use the dogs natural instinct to not go where he or she sleeps and to be prepared to teach the furry child the proper place to eliminate just as the mama dog would do. Crate training is a key component to teaching housetraining.
Marc Marrone uses the “don’t soil are where you sleep” method for housetraining.
Expanding on the natural instinct that the dog will not eliminate where he or she sleeps, Marrone aims to expand the entire house into what the dog perceives as a “sleeping den” not to be soiled. As he explains “Begin with crate training and gradually let the dog move into a larger space until he or she will safely be trained to not go in the house.”
Marrone advises that whether using wee wee pads or going outside the dog must learn to go to the bathroom in the same single spot explaining “Expanding the animal’s awareness, as time goes on dogs will develop the awareness to go to bathroom in one specific spot”.
“Begin with having a comfortable crate in the room for the dog to sleep in” Marrone advises, furthering “Give the dog lots of access to go in one space outside of home in order to expand the animal’s awareness to go to bathroom in one specific spot. Dogs will never learn that pooping on floor is a bad thing; they must be trained to learn that they have their spot to go outside, or on a wee wee pad, and that is where they will go.”
Marrone added “Smaller dogs may not hold it as long as a bigger dog because smaller dogs are low to the ground and the house seems much huger to them with the door to their bathroom seeming farther away”. Marrone believes that it is important when training a dog to see the world from his or her point of view.
“Housetraining should not be difficult if everyone involved sticks to the rules and schedule” Marrone continues “Teach the dog as the mama dog would; that the house is to sleep in and outside of the ‘den’ is where the appropriate spot to eliminate is. Just as you teach a young child to potty train a dog needs the same attention in order to learn how to housetrain.”
Enjoy your furry child’s unconditional love. Never be afraid to dance.
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