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Housetraining For Dummies Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Housetraining for Dummies
Housetrain any dog at any age
Utilize the most effective housetraining techniques and equipment
Get your home in housetraining order
Use the latest nutrition options to aid in the effort
Author of Beagles For Dummies and Senior Dogs For Dummies
Now updated your guide to quick, effective housetraining
Want to make housetraining easier for your dog and yourself? This practical guide offers the latest information on teaching your pet basic bathroom behavior and preventing future potty problems. From the newest equipment to the importance of diet and nutrition to the best crates and cleaners, you'll find everything you need to successfully train canine companions of all ages and sizes.
Prepare to potty train explore indoor and outdoor training, select potty spots, prepare your dog's room, and assemble the right cleaners
Know the role of feeding understand how a dog's diet can influence housetraining success
Put your plan in action utilize a crate, teach your pooch to potty indoors or outdoors, and use cues and positive reinforcement to encourage elimination
Solve housetraining problems deal with accidents and know when housetraining problems are actually medical problems
Strengthen the human/canine bond get your family on the same page, set and stick to a schedule, and manage household changes so your dog has the best possible housetraining experience
Open the book and find:
Proven housetraining strategies
New tips for training small dogs
The latest equipment and products you need
Ways to introduce your dog to a crate
Common housetraining mistakes to avoid
Tips for accident-proofing and surviving setbacks
Sample housetraining schedules for puppies and adult dogs
About the Author
Susan McCullough is a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies. She is a multiple winner of the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for excellence in writing about dogs.
- Publisher : For Dummies; 2nd edition (August 31, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470476370
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470476376
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.15 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #937,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What wasn't addressed at all was bringing the puppy home to another dog. I know from experience that can make housebreaking much easier if you are bringing a male puppy home to a male dog but this is the first time I'm bringing home a puppy of the opposite sex.
I am sure that new puppy or dog owners will get a ton of useful information. I think it's a very good refresher book for people who have had a puppy before because it's usually (hopefully) many years between puppies.
The reason I deducted a star is because a multiple dog household wasn't' mentioned in the book at all.
That said, now the specific reasons I like this book. I, like many other women in this day and age have to work for a living. I am not independently wealthy and cannot be a stay at home dog mom. Most people can not. This book gives in depth information on indoor paper training which for many people is a necessity, without making you feel guilty for wanting to enjoy everything that is so great about owning a dog. Many people must leave their dogs home alone while they work. It is just a fact of life. This author explains how you can do that and still raise a happy, healthy dog. Some of the other books on training only describe crate training in full and go on to say "if you must work all day, you will have to use paper training." And that was all the information they gave on paper training. No other information to tell you how to go about it in the best way possible. This book gives you many options with very specific information in very easy to understand language.
After having read 8-10 other training books over the last several months in preparing for my puppy this is the one I will refer to over and over.
1/10/15: UPDATE: I want to add to my review with regard to indoor potty training. My Shih Tzu, Jesse, is now 11 mos. old and while we started with the indoor potty training we did combine indoor AND outdoor training. It CAN be done and does not confuse the dog. On the advice of our vet, we allowed our puppy to use the potty pads in his own room during the day and then took him outside OFTEN when we were home. By about 4-5 mos. of age he was completely outdoor potty trained and even though he is a small breed dog, he is able to hold it all day while we are at work. That is really the only part of the book I disagreed with. You can do both and the dog will learn. You just must be consistent when you are home and get him outside often. He will get the idea. Otherwise, this book was very helpful in explaining how to do each method.
I bought it to potty train my toy poodle inside, but the whole inside training it omitted, it just says to reference the full version. Total rip off.
Do not waste your time or money with this mini version. It just gives you vague insights.