Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Rewarding and Punishment
The key with housetraining is to stick to positive training principles. Set your dog up to succeed as much as possible by giving her plenty of opportunities to go to the toilet in the right place. Reward and praise her when she gets it right.
Punishment, a we've already mentioned, is not effective for correcting housetraining issues. The dog doesn't understand that she's not supposed to toilet inside until you teach her, so punishing a puppy for this makes no sense and isn't effective anyway.
How to Deal with Accidents
Even if you're super vigilant and take your pup outside 20 times a day, chances are the odd accident is going to happen. Keep your cool – it's not the end of the world. Don't get angry or lash out at your pup – at best you'll just confuse and scare her, and it won't make any difference to whether or not she has future accidents. Only teaching her the right place to go can do that.
When she does have an accident, make sure you clean it up as thoroughly as possible. As I already mentioned, dogs find their toilet area by the scent. You need to remove that scent from your floor to help make sure she doesn't go in the same spot again. Sometimes scrubbing isn't enough – you might have to get an odor removal product form the vet or online.
Remember too that a crate can be your best friend when you have to leave your pup unsupervised.
Disposing of Mess
Always pick up after your pup and dispose of her droppings. Puppy droppings can contain worm larvae, so even if you've just wormed your pup – if she decides to see what her poop tastes like, she could end up re-ingesting the worms and you'll have to go through the worming process all over again.
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