Does your dog chew up your shoes? Slobber on the furniture? Jump all over guests? If so, you know that these behaviors can make living with Fido a lot less enjoyable.
But did you ever think that the annoying behavior could be your fault? It could be. In fact, it probably is.
1. Potty accidents
While some breeds are notoriously hard to housetrain, in all likelihood, that puddle is your fault.
Your job in housetraining is to never give your puppy the chance to have an accident. That means never letting him roam around out of your sight.
You can use baby gates to confine him to one room or attach him to you with a leash. The point is to make it impossible for him to sneak off and find a hiding place to do his business.
And, any time you can’t watch him, he needs to be in a kennel. It doesn’t take much to reinforce bad habits, so the key is to prevent accidents, not to correct your puppy after an accident has happened.
Constant supervision is just the first step, however. Once you see your puppy start going, it’s too late. He doesn’t have the physical ability to stop right in the middle of the action, so to speak. Plan to take him out after every meal and after every play session.
Don’t go more than two hours without giving him a chance to relieve himself. And, if you see him sniffing, take him out immediately, even if you just brought him in. “But, I just brought you in,” means nothing to a puppy who has to go.