Pick a particular spot every time that you take your dog out; he’ll learn that this is the one spot that he’s allowed to go, and pretty soon he’ll be running over there to take care of business all by himself.
Whether you choose to use a noise command or not, make sure to reward your dog or puppy as soon as he has done his business.
It’s essential for him to know that he has done what you wanted, and he gets the reward of getting a big old pat, or a treat.
Keep this up, and pretty soon your dog will run over to you as soon as he’s gone, happy as Larry, with his tail wagging!
It’s common knowledge that dogs don’t like to mess in their living space.
By placing them in a crate during bedtime, or when you’re leaving the house
- their inbuilt sense of not wanting to mess where they sleep will kick in, and hopefully keep everything clean until you next let them out!
It’s important to remember that accidents happen, and you should never punish your dog for having an accident; after all, you wouldn’t punish a child for the same.
Remember to clean up the area thoroughly to avoid any lingering scent, which might draw your dog into thinking that’s the designated “go” spot.
PLAN FOR WHEN YOU’RE AWAY / AT WORK
If you work a lot, your job likely won’t fit the same schedule as your pups bladder, and digestive system. If you have a family member, neighbor, or friend who stays home – consider asking them whether they can watch your puppy, and continue training for you during the day.
You’d be surprised by how many friends would jump at the chance to have a little more dog time in their lives!
Step 3 – Pulling on Leash Cured!
Walking a dog that pulls on the leash is never fun. Instead of being a fun, and relaxing activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family; it turns your pleasant walk into a battle of who’s stronger – you, or your dog?
It can be easy to give up, go home, and collapse onto the couch; exhausted from a walk around the block. But, unfortunately, this usually makes things worse. A dog that is trying to pull on the leash is usually full of energy, and taking him on a very short walk – while it might save your arms and shoulders, won’t do anything to release his energy.
If you have the desire to fix the problem, and the patience of a saint; then following the below steps will result in an angelic dog that happily walks on a loose leash!
STOP AND WAIT
I use this trick with every single dog that pulls ahead.
- Walk your dog forwards, after five steps ask him to sit and wait.
- Wait for three seconds, then continue walking 3. Repeat
This will teach your dog to anticipate you; he should keep an eye on you, and walk very slowly in readiness of sitting and waiting.
As he becomes good at this exercise, you can increase the distance between sitting and waiting. Increase by two steps at a time, and be prepared for him to lose focus – that’s what we’re testing, and he’ll soon realize that the pattern is continuing.
When working with a dog that pulls towards something in particular, for example – moving cars. You should focus on being calm, and keep your dog’s focus on you, and away from the cars.
- Start by standing on the pavement beside a quiet road 2. Ask your dog to sit and wait
- Now hang out until a car comes along!
- As soon as the car passes, if your dog stands up and tries to pull forward
- put him back into a sitting position and ask him to wait.
- When your dog sits still as a car passes, praise him and give him a treat
You have to repeat this exercise every single day, if not twice per day to see some real results!
Once your dog has become calm at dealing with cars on a quiet road, you can take him to a slightly busier road, and so on, and so on.
After working with your dog daily for around a week or two, you should be able to ask your dog to lie down as cars pass, still using the formula above; and rewarding with treats!
There are a lot of products able to assist you with a strong dog; one of my favorites has to be a dog halter. It’s incredibly humane and works almost immediately to improve your dog’s pulling. As you pull on a dog halter, you’re guiding the dog to look towards you which redirects his focus directly onto you, and all of this without resorting to inhumane training methods.