Potty Training Your Dog or Puppy

Before You Get  Dog or Puppy Get Prepared for Potty Training Your Dog

Probably the very first thing you are going to want to do with your dog it teach it to “go” in the appropriate place.  Before you even get your dog or puppy you better think about what place that is.  It could be inside or outside depending on what your living situation is, house or high rise apartment, the size of your dog, and your personal preference.

My personal recommendation is that the dog should be trained to go outside if at all possible.  Skip paper training your dog unless you want to keep them going on papers all the time.  It’s just as easy to take them outside to go than to have them go on papers only to have to retrain them to go outside.

Your dog is clueless when it comes to potty training.  You are going to have to get him to understand what you want him to do and it’s pretty simple if you are willing to spend time with your dog so you can recognize when he’s got to go.

The other thing you should do, in my opinion, is to get a crate for your dog that is not too big. Get something that is cozy that she can feel comforted in and just barely stand up in.  You may have to get a few crates if you get a puppy as they grow and you don’t want a crate that is too big.

For the dog owner the point of the crate with potty training is to keep the dog confined so that accidents are less likely to occur and isolated to the crate if they do occur.  I’m not saying keep your dog in the crate all the time, but if you can’t keep an eye on him and he’s not trained yet then he gets placed in the crate.  It should feel like home-sweet-home to your dog.

There are many ways to potty train your dog in a positive manner.  You can find examples on youtube if you search carefully.

We have a really good report available for you to help you potty train a puppy or an adult or older dog.  At the moment it’s free but soon we’ll be charging a nominal fee for this excellent resource.  Click here for the Free Report.

Some reasons to train your dog to go outside:

  • Dog urine and feces smell bad, especially in your house.
  • Your guest will think it’s gross that you encourage your dog to pee in the house.
  • Getting outside is good for you and your dog.
  • Taking your dog on a poop walk (bring bags to pick it up) is a good way to meet your neighbors and get some exercise.
  • Dog pee outside doesn’t smell up your house inside.
  • If you ever need to re-home your dog you’ll have a much better chance of finding a good home for him if he’s trained to go outside.

Click Here for How To Potty Train a Puppy or Any Adult Dog, regardless of prior failures.



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Dog Training Methods



There are probably as many dog training methods as there are dog trainers out in the world of dogs. Each dog trainer has a particular spin on dog training. Every dog trainer needs to motivate a dog in a way so that the dog behaves in a desired way.

So dog training methods are based in motivation of the dog. What motivates you the most? Is it when someone yells at you? Maybe you really appreciate this if it happens infrequently and right before your about to hit by a bus!

If someone yells at you all the time, chances are you’re going to tune it out or normalize it in your head. It just won’t matter, but it will still be pretty annoying. That’s how I’ve seen it with dogs.

I have friends who (try to) motivate their dogs by yelling at them. No they SCREAM! at them. The dogs don’t care any more. They’ve learned to tune it out.

I’m a proponent of sane living so I like it when I see a dog trainer talking peacefully to a dog. Seeing a dog responding to this kind of dog training method gives me hope for a saner world.

You can talk to you dog in a normal voice and expect response. Sometimes you’ll need to increase your energy, but you know your dog will listen to you because that is something out of the ordinary and your dog is going to be surprised, if not curious.

Getting your dog’s attention is a key part of the dog trainer’s dog training method. How you choose to communicate with your dog speaks volumes about your relationship with your dog.

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Is Dog Pulling on Leash a Problem for You?

walking a dogDoes your dog pulling on the leash on walks frustrate you and make you wish you didn’t have to walk your dog?   Did your dog come to you as an adult from a shelter?  Then it is likely that you never had the chance to train the dog properly from the start, when he was a puppy. 

 If you got your dog as a puppy and didn’t train him properly, it’s likely you never knew the right way to train your dog.  Don’t worry. Old dogs can learn new tricks as long as you are willing to put the time in to train your dog the right way.

A dog pulling on a leash should never be tolerated.  Once you have let a dog pull on the leash you’ve effectively trained him that pulling is OK.  So every time you are walking your dog and he’s pulling, you’re saying to the dog this is what I expect. And the bad behavior gets reinforced.

Training a dog can be frustrating unless you have the right attitude.  Patience is required.  Standing in one spot and not moving forward while your dog pulls on the leash is perfectly acceptable.  Don’t reward your dog by moving forward when your dog is doing something you don’t approve of. 

Keep a positive attitude and realize this is what is required right now.  Once your dog learns how to walk without pulling on the leash your walks can resume.  And you’ll be much happier.  The sooner you don’t give in to your dog’s bad behavior, the sooner he will have no desire to keep it up.  It won’t get him anywhere, he’ll figure out a new way to get what he wants, on your terms.  Remember, dogs are smart.

When walking a dog on a leash, any tension in the leash is a sign that you need to address the dog with either a command or correction or both, carefully timed.  One difficulty with using a short leash is that you don’t have much time to give a verbal command before the dog reaches the end of a short leash.  It’s no wonder that so many dogs pull on a leash.  The owners don’t have time to correct them.

Another reason dogs don’t get trained well is that when they are puppies, well meaning but uninformed adults let small children take the new puppy on a walk.  With absolutely no dog training skills a kid basically drags a young puppy around on the leash teaching the dog that this is what it’s supposed to be like.  There is always supposed to be tension on my neck.

This is so unfair to the puppy. The puppy is getting nothing positive out of this experience and just ends up learning how to irritate its owners every time it goes for a much needed walk. 

One technique that is very useful in training a dog to walk on a leash is by using a long line.  The long line dog training method allows you time to give a verbal correction or command to your dog before he reaches the end of the leash.   This technique is extremely useful when you need to make changes to an adult dog’s behavior.   An adult dog may run a lot faster than a puppy and get to the end of the leash or line quicker than a small puppy.

Training your dog properly to walk on a leash is something you need to do as a responsible pet owner.  Dogs need to learn how to behave from humans if they want to survive in a human world. 

You can learn about the long line dog training method and stop your dog  pulling on the leash.   You and your dog will walk in harmony after you learn the simple method discussed in this free audio.

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Two Dog Training Commands Your Dog Needs to Learn

dog-with-leash-in-mouthWhen we first get our new puppy or dog from rescue, we usually want to know what kind of training, if any, the dog knows.  Sit is about the very first thing a dog learns so many dogs know this one, even puppies. But as we move through life with our dogs it is very useful for humans to be able to direct the dogs from one place to another.  Wouldn’t it be convenient if our dogs could change direction or wait for a few minutes while we made our way to the car, around the block or even in the house?

My dog trainer, John Spieser, says that the first two dog training commands he teaches a dog or a puppy are “wait” and “this way”.  Using these two commands he can get a dog to go just about anywhere he needs them to and keep him safe along the way.

The command “wait” is easy to teach your dog.  For some reason, wait, feels temporary to a dog so he’s more willing to wait then to have to “stay” somewhere for a long time.  “Wait” is good for street corners. Tell your dog to wait at the corner while traffic passes.  Or maybe your dog needs to wait while another dog, kids, bike or whatever passes by.  Maybe you want him to wait for his food.  Whatever the reason, the dog learns that it is only a temporary situation, soon to be followed by the release (which is rewarding) and possibly more positive stimulation.

The “this way” command is better than come.  The recall or “come” command tends to get over used and dogs may get resentful after hearing it often.  Using “this way” allows the dog to keep moving but in a different direction.  If your dog is running away from you and doesn’t respond to the typical recall command of “come”, then try implementing “this way” into your training routine.  A dog hears this as a chance to please and still keep moving.  It’s much less restrictive to the dog and it’s really easy to teach this to a dog.

For more effective communication with your dog, try dog training commands that teach your dog how to move with you without being too restrictive.  Consider making “wait” and “this way” a primary part of your repertoire.  The two dog training commands that make the most sense are ones that give you a lot of versatility with your dog.

Get your dog or puppy moving where you want him using these two dog training commands. It stops pulling on the leash too. Listen in the free audio from my dog trainer John Spieser.

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Dog Pulling On The Leash? Don’t Let Him Do That

toddler-and-golden-on-leash-at-beachIs your dog pulling on the leash practically pulling your arms out of their sockets?  I see people walking their dogs, no their dogs are walking them, the dog pulling them all the way.  If you let a dog pull on the leash he will think that is what he is supposed to do and keep doing it.

So how do you stop this behavior?  First of all if your dog is grown, it might take some time. Ingrained habits take longer to unlearn.  If you have more patience than your dog you will eventually be able to train your dog.  The key is to be more stubborn, more determined than your dog.  And know what to do along the way.

If pulling is something you don’t like, then don’t tolerate it even for a second.  If your dog is pulling forward, either stop, or quickly turn a different way and say “this way” to get the dog going in a different direction. As he turns there will be a brief moment of slack in the leash. You can tell your dog “that’s right” as this happens.

Now that you are headed in a different direction and your dog starts pulling again, quickly turn a different direction and say in a calm but affirmative voice “this way” and your dog will follow. Give an affirmative “that’s right” when there is slack.  If you can make this seem like a game for your dog, he will start paying attention to you and begin watching you to see if you are going to change direction.

To improve the conditions for you and your dog, giving him a longer time of good behavior and you more time to see what is coming and correct him before he hits the end of the leash ( which could be micro seconds on a six foot leash) use a long line.  The long line will give you time to call out a change of direction before he gets to the end of the leash.

There is a whole lot more to be gained and more training available with a long line.  Some dog trainers specialize in the use of a long line. Whatever method you use to teach your dog to stop pulling on the leash, make sure that you never let your dog do it in the first place, then he’ll never be reinforced for doing something you find unpleasant.

John Spieser is the master of The Long Line Dog Training Method. Get his free audio where he talks about how he uses the long line with dogs and puppies. This will work with your neck strong dog or puppy if you stay consistent.

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Manage Your Dog For Better Behavior

No matter how good or bad  your dog behaves you’ll probably need to manage your dog’s behavior at some point in time.  Some may require continued management for best dog behavior.

So what does this mean?  It means paying attention to your dog’s bad behaviors, pulling on the leash, counter surfing, raiding the garbage, getting on the couch or peeing on the floor. If your dog does anything you don’t approve of you need to manage his behavior.

One very easy way to manage a dog’s behavior is to never let him out of site in your house.  It may seem silly, but keeping your dog on a leash, inside your house can prevent him from sneaking into your closet to chew up your new shoes, or peeing on your bed.

The crate is also a great place to put your dog for part of the day if he is causing trouble or can not be watched carefully.  Do you leave food on the counter in the kitchen when yo know your dog had a propensity to counter surf? Well don’t do that. Keep your dog out of the kitchen unattended or put him outside or in his crate during meal prep time.

You need to manage your dog’s behavior and where-abouts to control the outcome in your home. Don’t be afraid to use a leash on your dog inside your house is warranted.  Your dog will learn that it is pointless to misbehave is he is never rewarded by allowing a bad behavior to continue.

js-longlingA dog pulling on a leash is another bad dog behavior that should never be tolerated. Learn how one dog trainer uses two commands and an inexpensive training device to teach a dog to stop pulling on the leash.

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Dog Training Schools Need to Teach the Dog Training Pyramid

Last night John Spieser reviewed the dog training pyramid in his seminar Ambassadors for Dogs Part 2. This series of seminars should be used by dog training schools because it gives a person a tremendous background and foundational information about dog behavior, health, breeds and environment that need to be in place before successful training can take place.

Anyone looking for dog training schools might want to investigate the quality of the teachings before signing up for a system of dog training that may be outdated or detrimental to the dog. John Spieser would be considered a new school dog trainer. He balances compassion for the dog with obedience required from the dog in his methods.

Old school dog trainers rely more heavily on discipline and use discipline when it is not necessary. One dog training video that was recently reviewed showed the dog trainer using invasive equipment on a small puppy. It is unnecessary to use anything more than a flat collar when training new puppy. The puppy doesn’t know anything yet and hasn’t learned any bad behaviors. It’s easy to teach a young pup how to come using a long line and his flat collar if done correctly. There is no need for any command collars or flat collars ot this time.

Also, other dog training schools advocate the use of food rewards in dog or puppy training. This can be overdone. If you are basically bribing a dog to do something for a treat, then the dog is training you. Giving a dog an unexpected treat for appropriate behavior is acceptable.

I will get the dog training pyramid up for your review. Also we’ll be making the entire 4 hour Ambassadors for Dogs training series available in a few weeks. The seminars will continue covering valuable information regarding the shaping of your dog or puppy’s behavior. And I will be sharing portions with you on this site.

If you are considering finding dog training schools to teach you about dog training then you’ll want to see for yourself every Ambassadors for Dogs dog training video. John Spieser balances compassion and discipline in dog training reflecting the well adjusted mother dog’s behavior towards her pups.

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Amazing Neck Pulling Dog Frustrates Owner to Tears

Maybe you can relate to this.  You know, it was really frustrating for me to walk my dog Sadie when I brought her home from the pound. This neck pulling dog was a huge challenge to me.

I had envisioned these nice walks we could take, both of us getting some exercise, but it just turned into a struggle all the time.

She’d be pulling me down the street sniffing and whatever dogs do, and wouldn’t even pay attention to anything I said to her.  I thought I could change this and I tried a choke chain.  That worked for about one day until she got used to it.  Then my neighbors started giving me all kinds of devices to put on her neck.

One was a prong collar used for a dog twice her size and I really didn’t know how to use it.  It basically fell off her so that didn’t work.  Then I tried this thing that went over her muzzle and made her turn her head when I pulled it.  She HATED that.  Plus it was rubbing off all the fur on her face.  So I passed on that.

Then, I figured I’d just let her off her leash and let her go “free.”  Big Mistake!  I found out one of her favorite games was to play keep away – from me.  And she’s one of the fastest dogs I’ve seen so there was no way I was going to catch her.

So we went back to walks on the leash.  I was getting very concerned because all the pulling was starting to damage her vocal chords.  I could tell because her bark was getting hoarse.  That was kind of sad and I mentioned it to my other neighbor, Pam.

Pam reminded me of a dog trainer she knew that she was going to employ when she got a dog for herself.  His name was John Spieser from dogheart.

Well since I met John my life has changed and he has spurred me on to provide better information about dog training and how to build a connection with your dog through this blog and through the Ambassadors for Dogs training programs.  Stay tuned for more.

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