Potty Training Your Puppy

Jul 11th 2010 at 5:08 PM

Dog training mistakes can and will have a negative impact on the personality of your dog permanently. The irony is that most errors are actually more difficult to follow through than to follow the correct principles and they add more problems instead of helping. Thus, not only errors make you work harder and get unpleasant results, but your puppy is suffering for it in the end and because of the cooperative relationship that you want to build.

Some errors of dog training that cause or contribute to canine behavior problems:

* Accidentally teaching your dog to ignore you

* Hitting, swatting or spanking to "correct"

* Rubbing your puppy's nose in his mess (not only is this  gross and cruel, but makes the behavior worse and guaranteed to add more behavior problems that can not seem to be connected, but are caused by this error)

* Using the wrong cleaner to wipe up messes (There is a special ingredient that actually accentuates the smell of urine and this ingredient is not only contained in many household products, but is also present in some product cleaners that are marketed only for pet messes.)

* The use of the word "no" with the name of your puppy after

* Give your puppy or dog the run of the house too soon

* No proper socialization, (especially during the stages of imprinting)

* Reinforcing and/or causing jumping when trying to correct it

* Accidentally encouraging or causing whining and barking

* Inconsistency-intermittent reinforcement of an undesirable behavior actually makes it harder.

* Use of force to try to teach a command

* Use of corrections to try to teach. (There is an easier way for more peaceful "teach" appropriate behavior.)

   Leaving  your puppy in the cage too long for his age and size

* Consoling, trying to calm or smooth the hackles down, and the comfort of your puppy or dog in a tense situation. (This has the opposite effect on a dog and the promotion of fear and/or aggression).

* Using the wrong equipment for the job (for example, using a choke collar on the spindle or a puppy)

* Free food, and do not have a proper feeding schedule.

* Without the knowledge let the dog be your leader, and most people whose dogs are the leaders do not even realize what is happening. (This is one of the most common causes of stress behavior problems in dogs.)

* Without knowing it, teach your dog pull you on the leash.

Dogs and puppies have a very "specific way of learning" and given the keys, things can run smoothly along.

Of course genetics plays a role in the personality of a dog, but 98% of kind of adult companion for your dog proves to be is a direct consequence of the early environment of your dog is submissive and how he experiences its first year.

These are some of the many dog training mistakes that interfere with the peaceful lifestyle you want to create for you and your dog. If you have been told by someone to do all these things, either they did not have adequate training or are using outdated methods and inaccurate or both. They have all been behind many behavioral problems in dogs and should be avoided at all costs!


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Aug 19th 2010 at 8:38 AM by lele10000
I love this piece because my mother has a german shephard mix and he is only 9 months old. He is currently going though some of the issues you talked about. This is a helpful piece. thank you. Lisa Epperson
Aug 15th 2010 at 6:42 PM by soonerdad3
I agree with a lot of what you are saying in this article, potty training was really easy for us with our Border Collie / Lab mix. We got her when she was a 2 months old from the shelter and she was potty trained in a couple of days with minimal accidents and we knew not to wipe her nose in the mess. The one thing we have done very successfully with all of our animals (four cats and one puppy) is we leave the food out 24/7 for them, except canned food. We only feed them dry food from Nutro Max dry food for the Cats and Nutro Natural Choice Small Bites Puppy food and they never over eat. I like this article!!!

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