by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
It's disgusting and frustrating when the dog goes on the carpet. Ew! So, housebreaking your dog is always an excellent idea. How exactly do you achieve that, though? There are a myriad of housebreaking methods out there, and one of them is to let your dog tell you itself when it needs to go out. This tip may sound mad but it really does work with a little patience and training of your dog.
All you need to do is hang a bell by the back door that your puppy or dog can reach. When you want to take your puppy outside take his paw and bat the bell to make it ring. Don't let him out without making him ring the bell. Before long, he'll start ringing it on his own to let you know he wants to go out. This works best with puppies, but some older dogs catch on, too.
Something else to try is to teach your dog to only do business outside and then make a flap in the door to allow your dog to go in and out on its own. This way, your dog can go to the bathroom all on its own and it can let itself outside for fun whenever it wants. This is probably my favorite way to deal with the housebreaking situation. The less you have to worry about your dog, the better, and the happier you all will be.
Housebreaking your dog is a pain and sometimes can be really hard and frustrating for all involved. If, however, you can housetrain early, and teach your dog with kindness and gentleness, your goals will be likely be met. The best way to train a dog is to let it know it has some control. If it needs to or wants to go outside for whatever reason it can, and especially when housetraining, try not to force your dog to do what you want. Teaching is always preferred to forcing.