Dog Training: Housebreaking issues with older dog

Dog housebreaking  problems and more inside the home gets resolved by simple and pleasurable walks outside the home!

A recent owner confession of housebreaking  issues with her Maltipoo and Yorkie, who were both mature adult dogs, led to a complete lifestyle change for owner and dogs.  It solved years of housebreaking frustration.

On my first visit, my client was noticeably frustrated with her two dog’s housebreaking issues.  The Maltipoo also had other issues of nipping or biting when anyone petted her. She also stole things that didn’t belong to her. BUT, both of these bad behaviors paled by comparison to the housebreaking issues with both dogs.

My client was always finding little “presents” here and there throughout her home. As we talked about her pups daily habits for pooping/peeing in the back yard, those habits were just hit or miss.  I then inquired about frequent walks for exercise and potty breaks. She answered no.  She had never walked her dogs.

She loves to walk but never thought she could manage one dog on a walk much less both dogs.  So outside we went – dogs in tow as I began talking about the value of the structured walk if done consistently.  The structured walk also provided her pups with leadership by walking with her and just as important, a fun routine that they could count on three times a day. I recommended that she take treats and begin to praise and treat her pups for pottying outside.

The same was to be done when they eliminated in the back yard. Developing a strong reward history for eliminating outside and especially on a walk would create the likelyhood that outside elimination would occur again. It would quickly begin to pay big dividends for her – no more potty accidents inside her home.

Once outside, the lives of these two small cuties changed in an instant. For the dogs it was like two kids in a candy store. You could tell they were a bit apprehensive but excited as well.

I returned a week later to find that my client had discovered even more benefits of constructively managing their energy on her structured walk. Not only had the house soiling all but disappeared, the dogs were noticeably more relaxed and the once stolen articles had been replaced with yummy “stuffed” Kong toys and chew bones.  My client greeted me with a smile on her face.

Do not discount the value of a well structured walk. If done properly it can solve many dog problem behavior problems and greatly enhance your life with your dog in ways you cannot imagine.

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog, as you are the teacher of your children.  And remember, “Opportunity Barks!”

Jim Burwell

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