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Housebreaking a dog is no easy task and is one of the first challenges you will face as a dog owner. It should not be underestimated because it is a huge challenge. After all, man and man’s best friend have to learn to work together quickly to avoid messes in the house. However, many owners go about housebreaking a dog the wrong way and break all of the general rules that should be adopted. As such, the dos and don’ts of housebreaking a dog below can give you an idea of how to go about the process and start as you mean to go on.
DO encourage your dog. Tell him he is a good boy. You cannot housebreak a dog without emphasizing good behaviour and pointing out if he has does something wrong. There needs to be a balance because he cannot learn without a little help and direction.
DO try different methods if your dog is resistant to one specific method. After all, we cannot get everything right all of the time so you should not be afraid to change the regime when housebreaking a dog if it is warranted.
DO plan ahead. You should not have specific time expectations but should plan how to take on each step in advance for your own peace of mind.
DON’T lose patience because this will only set your progress back. It is important to keep your cool at all times or risk taking longer when housebreaking a dog.
DON’T change your method just because it is easier. Many people do this and it may leave your dog confused. Give every method time, no matter how difficult you may find it.
Bear these in mind and you will find that housebreaking a dog is a much less daunting experience than you may think.
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