Training a dog is an exercise in love. And patience.
If you are having trouble with your dog, here are some tips from the experts – Rogers' Rescues foster homes. We have seen, and had to deal with, just about everything!
Housebreaking has to be the most frustrating of all aspects of dog training. Luckily for you, this is something every foster home has had to contend with and we've accumulated quite a library of tips and tricks. Here are two you can try if you run into the problem.
1. Use a crate. Keep your new dog in the crate when you aren't playing or working with him. Every hour to hour and a half, take him outside to do his business. Give him 2-3 minutes. If he doesn't do anything, put him back in the crate and try again in an hour. If he does go outside, PRAISE LAVISHLY. Give hot dogs, treats, affection, whatever he loves most.
2. Keep your dog tethered to you. If you can't or don't want to use a crate, you can use a leash and keep your pup tethered to you at all times. As soon as she squats to do her business, scoop her up and take her outside to complete the task. Once she goes, PRAISE LAVISHLY and reward with a high value treat or lots of kisses.
Remember, housebreaking issues rarely last forever. But housebreaking does require consistency until your new pup understands what is expected and has a chance to teach you the signals for needing to go out. Sometimes we people are a little slow to get the message!