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Friday, July 24, 2009

Are YOU Training Your Dog or Is HE Training You (3 0f 6)?

This is the third in a series of blogs about dog training:

Training Foundation
HouseTraining (you are here)
Obedience Commands
Overcoming Aggressive Behavior
Advanced Commands/Tricks


Search for “crate training” and “housetraining” on the net and you will get hundreds of references. Read just a few of them and you will find that “crate training” and what I call “scheduled housetraining (no crate)” are the two major methods.

Alvin did not respond well to crate training, but scheduled housetraining is (95%) successful. At 6 months of age, he does have accidents occasionally; mainly because he decided that one particular area of the house is his potty. I’m guessing that we were not diligent in completely deodorizing his mistakes with the enzyme cleaner. Anyway, he’s banned from that area.

In retrospect, I wish I had access to the Secrets to Dog Training coverage of housetraining. All key points and “how-tos” are captured in one pdf document, including the correct way to handle accidents (no punishment involved).

Note: In this series of blogs about dog training, I am referencing Secrets to Dog Training quite frequently. But you need not rely on my recommendation – google “review of secrets to dog training” and you will find that several independent sources have critiqued this product.


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