Did you know there is only one thing two dog trainers can ever agree on?
Yep... the third trainer does not know what he’s doing. LOL
So, I was reading something online by a dog trainer who says that when housetraining, instead of taking your dog out regularly on a schedule, you should just let the dog tell you when he needs to go.
What the hell???
If I’m housetraining a dog, it’s because he is not housetrained, right? Which means he doesn’t know to come to me and tell me he has to go out.
A major part of the foundation of housetraining is that you take the initiative, you control the situation, and you take the dog out on a regular schedule.
Come on! That is A-B-C.
Further, he suggests teaching your dog to ring a bell to tell you when he needs to go.
I totally disagree with this, even for fully-housetrained dogs.
What if you’re in another part of the house or you have music playing loudly and you don’t hear the bell?
Chances are pretty good he is going to go right there at the bell.
When housetraining a dog, you need to initiate the process and guide your kid all the way through to completion.
You tell him when (and where) to go, he doesn’t tell you. In fact, if he starts acting like he needs to go – pacing or sniffing around, you waited too long.
And the bell? Keep it for cute tricks but not for serious business like pottying outside.
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