|Barked: Tue Feb 19, '13 12:31pm PST |
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Lexus was especially stubborn when it came to house breaking. She has it now though. Even though your dog may not give vocal signs he will start giving you body language signs. You will pick up on them eventually. It is hard to distinguish sniffing around to just sniff or sniffing for a spot to pee. Lexus still only gives subtle signals, but when I see them, even if I second guess it, I take her out anyways. Better to prevent then wait. She will sniff, but she will sniff as she walks around in a circle. The other thing she does is just walk over to me and simply look at me for a sec, walk away and then walk back to me and look at me, like she is trying to tell me something. So sure enough I take her out and she goes. With cleaning up the messes as the one poster said, do not scold and things like that, but do not completely ignore when you catch her in the act. When you catch her say in an alarmed voice "outside" (not mean or stern, but alarmed) and carry him out right away, then if he finishes out there praise, this way your showing him where the right place to go is. If you dont catch him, simply clean it up and continue your day.
Another thing that works until house training catches on is tethering. When you know it has been a while since he peed tether him to you with his leash, and go outside every half hour or so till he goes, but do not let him off tether in the house till he goes outside, this way you wont have to worry about what he is sniffing for, because your tether will prevent it. Once he goes, praise and when you come back in let him have free roam again for an hour or 2, depending how long you think he usually goes between pee's. Then take him out again, if he doesn't go then tether him again, this is a great way to prevent accidents and set your dog up for success. Also make sure you are cleaning up those pee spots reeeeeally well, if his scent stays in the house, he will keep peeing in there.
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