Housebreaking the newest addition to the family. Justin Welch-Action plan EDL 669
Linus will have no “accidents” in the house while I am away. He will give a signal that he needs to go outside.
Housetraining Rule Number One: If you dont catch your puppy doing it - then dont punish him for it!Housetraining Rule Number Two: Praise your puppy when things go right. Dont let this be a situation where your only action is saying "No" when he is caught in the midst of using the wrong area. If he does it right – let him know!
Placing Linus in a crate while I am away from the house will provide him a safe place of his own. The crate should be the correct size for his body to prevent soiling. Dogs do not like to “messy” sleeping environment. Crate training encourages puppies to control their bladder and bowels.
While I am home, Linus will ring his “Poochie- Bell” to signal he needs to go outside. This sound can be heard from anywhere in the house and allows me a chance to let him out before an accident occurs.
Linus will be placed in a crate anytime I am not at home. As soon as I return, regardless of the amount of time gone, Linus goes outside to relieve himself. Before exiting however, the “poochie bell” will be rung to signal the door being opened.
How many accidents occurred in the first week of implementation? Was Linus able to control hold himself while in the crate? How long will it take Linus to learn to ring the bell?
After the first week of crate training, a new crate was purchased because Linus continued to have “accidents” in the crate. The vet recommended a smaller crate and the accidents have now stopped. The Poochie Bell is working out very well. Linus has learned that ringing the bell means he gets to go outside! If he is “successful,” he gets a treat when he comes back to the door.
Successful implementation of the action plan resulted in a happier puppy and owner. Linus has his own space during the day, and I have clean carpets.