The single most preventable behavior problem for dogs is inappropriate elimination in the house. Prevention is the key, but even if you already have a housesoiling dog on your hands, don't despair!
Most dogs are easy to housetrain, and Kathy Diamond Davis shares everything from the basics to more advanced solutions for tough cases and adults. Even rescue dogs, puppy mill dogs, and dogs with health problems are not impossible to train if you use the right methods.
Trying to act on good advice about training your dog, you confine your new puppy or dog to a crate. But instead of a clean and rested dog when you return to the crate, you find a soiled one. What is happening, and what can you do about it?
When a dog starts having housetraining accidents, its easy to believe the dog is acting out of anger or some other defiant motive. That is rarely the case. Lets look at reasons for housetraining accidents, and methods for improving your dogs batting average.
Housetraining is more difficult than most people realize, and it’s much more difficult with some dogs than others. It’s the first complicated task most people teach their dogs, and many dogs lose their homes over housetraining problems. You’d probably be surprised just how common all the housetraining problems are.
While a typical scenario for dog ownership used to be a house on private property that could be fenced, now many puppies have to be housetrained from households with no outdoor area of their own. Until the puppy’s vaccination series is complete, walking around on ground where dogs outside your own family also walk is of questionable safety. This is especially true of tiny breeds.
Urine marking is a normal, instinctive dog behavior, mostly in males but also sometimes in females. Like a lot of other natural dog behaviors, we need to modify it as one of the fascinating ways that humans and dogs learn to cooperate for rewarding lives together.
People tend to be upset when their dogs urinate on beds. A dog doesn’t mean this as the insult that humans take it to be, and the dog doesn’t see it as disgusting. Some dogs mark their own beds by urinating there.