“It's all about consistency and positive reinforcement.”
- Shelly Leibowitz, on Housebreaking
- 1.)At Shelly’s School for Dogs, we take a holistic approach to puppy training. We think
it’s important not to train just one part of your puppy’s behavior, but to tackle all
aspects at once. That’s why our early training for dogs is immersive, and includes
housebreaking as well as a full-regimen of obedience training.
- 2.)At the same time, we understand that some of you prefer to do housebreaking
training at home. For those of you who have decided to go the home route, we’ve
compiled some tips to make the housebreaking process a bit smoother.
- 3.)Make time. Housebreaking requires patience and attention. If you know your
schedule is going to be busy, hold off on getting a puppy until you’re sure that
you can devote the necessary time to housebreaking training.
- 4.)Consistency is key. Make sure your whole family adheres to the same training
methods, as differences can be confusing for the puppy.
- 5.)Teach positive associations. Puppies learn to make positive associations, not
negative ones. Never stick a puppy’s face in the pee/poop and try to “show”
him that what he did was wrong.
- 6.)Give lots of praise. Every time your puppy pees in the correct place, praise him
immediately. Puppies respond well to positive feedback.