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How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days (Revised) Paperback – August 3, 2004
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For almost twenty years, dog owners have turned to this compact guide for sensible, step-by-step advice how to housebreak their beloved pets--in just one week! Now revised and updated, pet expert Shirlee Kalstone's foolproof method for housebreaking your dog is available with a fresh new look and up-to-date information.
Whether your dog is a puppy or getting on in years, whether your goal is to housebreak, paper train, or litter train, this practical, easy-to-follow plan will help you transform your pet into a dependable member of the household--in a way that works with both his innate behavioral instincts and your individual lifestyle. You'll never again have to worry about your dog acting out, feeling anxious or depressed--or ruining your brand-new rug--as you discover:
* The simple secret of successful housebreaking--understanding your dog as a den dweller
* Step-by-step programs tailored to both apartment dwellers and home owners, as well as to people who go to work, versus those who are home all day
* Schedules for training puppies and (re)training adult dogs
* How to identify your dog's natural behavioral rhythms--and use them to your advantage
* How to cope with housebreaking lapses, marking territory, separation anxiety, and health problems
* The power of praise and positive reinforcement, not punishment
Including sample schedules and timetables, and a list of related resources and websites, here is the essential, proven advice that will make training a pleasure, for both you and your dog.
About the Author
Shirlee Kalstone, an internationally recognized expert on pets for over twenty years, has published 8 books on pet care. A trainer, groomer, and humane society worker, she has also professionally bred and shown both dogs and cats.
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A little background: My precious Mini Aussie was a rescue. He was kept under a porch outside for the first year of his life and as a result is a very traumatized and skittish animal. Potty training was an issue from day one. So much so that my dog would pee instantly as we walked through the door. We soon learned that this was out of fear and had to address the fear before the potty training.
Fast forward to a year in a half later and he still isn't potty trained but is doing much better in other areas. The going to the bathroom in the house got so bad that my boyfriend and I almost called our relationship off.
Out of desperation I called a trainer who wanted $600 to train my dog but I remembered I had ordered this book and figured I would give it a try before spending an obscene amount of money on a trainer.
Within one week, ONE WEEK, my dog was potty trained and hasn't pooped or peed in the house since! This solved all of my problems. I stuck to the schedule of letting him out immediately after I woke up, feeding him 15-20 minutes later, then taking him out to void 30 minutes after that. In the evening I take him out immediately after I get home, feed him 15-20 minutes later, take him out 30 minutes after that and then again right before bed.
Before I knew it, he was potty trained!!! He knows the schedule and he knows when it's time for him to go outside and void. I didn't give him treats but instead lots of love after he went to reinforce his behavior. This book is wonderful!
The author dispelled a major misconception of mine - I've always thought that paper training is a first step to outside-the-house elimination. It isn't and the author is clear about why it isn't. For that reason alone, the book is invaluable to me and perhaps to you.