There are a number of methods out there for training your dog, especially for house training them. Negative reinforcement has basically been thrown out the window these days, and for a good reason as it can cause behavioral problems in the dog as well as cause a strain in the relationship between the dog and their owner. Today, house training is all about positive reinforcement and the use of different things such as clickers and word association in order to create consistency within the dog and their positive behavior.
House training is a formula, or an equation, that you must follow very carefully. Consistency is key to achieving success when house training your dog. It’s important to use the right behavioral training methods in order to achieve the desired results. With puppies you must watch them constantly and be ready at the drop of a hat to take them outside. Using word association and clickers helps the dog associate specific sounds with specific behaviors. This conditioning allows you to better communicate different commands to your dog.
No matter what route you choose, in training your pooch there is one thing that always gets their attention: TREATS. Dogs absolutely love treats and the extra attention that comes with the positive reinforcement for their good behavior. Most people only think of treats as being a food type form of reward, but treats can be many other things such as: belly rubs, play time, or even a favorite toy.
In actuality, raising a dog and house training them is like having a child. You have to be patient, watch out for them, and be sure that you give them plenty of love and attention. The fact of the matter is, once you get started training your dog and they start catching on, they are not the only one being rewarded, but you are as well. As your dog continues to learn and catch on you begin to feel like a proud parent would for their child, and the bond between human and dog becomes stronger.
With raising a dog and using positive reinforcement there are three things I have found that you need to be careful of and watch out for even after your dog has been house broken:
Dog ownership is not a right, but a privilege. Dogs are animals, but they aren’t just animals. When you bring a dog into your home it’s not just an object or some form of entertainment, but a living breathing thing with feelings, thoughts, and emotions just like you and me. When owning a dog you find that it becomes more than just to pet to you, but a member of your family. A dog is a great companion to have and can help you with a lot more than you may think. Training your dog is just a small part of the dog/human relationship, but is a part that will help strengthen you and your dog’s bond.
House training your dog may be easier for some dogs and harder for others, but it is important that you always practice good patience as every dog’s personality and temperament is different. In order to be successful you must watch your dog and help it to learn. House training a dog is rewarding and with positive reinforcement together you and your dog can achieve it one treat at a time.