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How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days (Revised) Paperback – August 3, 2004
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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.
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Dogs, like most people, are creatures of habit, so that can be used too. Set up a watering schedule that will contribute to success. Also don't try to housebreak a puppy before it's old enough to have adequate bladder control. Still, you can make it to that point without too many accidents. The book details all this.
Finally, remember Pavlov's dog. Dogs respond directly - they don't understand abstract thoughts. Start by repeating a word like "potty" over and over quietly while your puppy is relieving herself, then praise her. This will associate the word with the feeling of relief. DON'T USE THE WORD ABSTRACTLY like asking "do you want to go out and potty?" when you're in the house! (You can say "do you want to go outside?"). After "programming" your puppy about 100 times, she will pee on command when she hears the word. This will really pay off later when you're travelling, etc. The important thing is to understand that dogs take everything literally and directly and really only understand a few key words, your tone of voice, and your body language.
Try to think like a dog - it will change your whole view of the world!
The thing I like most about the little book, aside from the completely reasonable price (truly one of the best deals for your dollar in the world of dog-training books), is that she includes several sample feeding/exercise/elimination schedules that a person can tailor to one's own schedule. She also strongly advises and gives solid training information about crate-training, which when done properly, is one of the most humane and best gifts a human could possibly bestow upon a canine companion.
If you're having a problem with "accidents" in the house, *this* is the book you've been looking for! And what a bargain! :)
Okay, now to my review of this very useful housebreaking guide, one that I recommend to all my clients with new puppies. I have to say that except for Kalstone's occasional forays into punishment, via the alpha theory (which we now know is totally false), this book gives you almost everything you need to know about housetraining. The fact that she's broken-down the various schedules any dog owner might need, allowing for various work schedules and life-styles, makes this book a must-have for every owner of a new puppy. (It's why I recommend it to all my clients -- it saves them and me the time of sitting down and writing up a schedule of their own.)
She also gives good advice on how to acquaint any puppy with a crate, and gives the info (that most other books don't) that a puppy's emotional and physical development prevent him (or her) from really learning this stuff before about 3 1/2 to 4 months of age. Just please, please, ignore everything she says about being the pack leader, being alpha, etc., and you and your puppy will do just fine.Read more ›
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Both myself and my Sons Family have used this book for our new puppies, very helpful!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have a new puppy, I have raised over 4 dogs in my life, potty training all of them. I was thinking that maybe this book could offer some insight as to why I was having trouble... Read morePublished 10 days ago by J. Bredestege
It was wrong you never take a Pups food and water away from him and if the Pup does good you do give him Treats and praise him for being good. Read morePublished 15 days ago by country123
The bad reviews are interesting on this one. People are complaining regarding their $8 investment on a book that works, simply because they could have gotten the information for... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mark Twain
This book is quick and easy to follow. I read it in one sitting. It has tips for new and old pet owners For pet owners that work all day and those that are home. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tatiana Gant
The only one trained in 7 days is the owner. This is not a realistic scenario and.made me feel like a failure.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Fearrington
Quick read and very informative. Helps you to understand the why behind a dog's behavior. Recommended.Published 1 month ago by Shelly Tiller