Puppies and the Adopted Older Dogs: Problems and Solutions

Monday, April 16, 2012

Almost all owners walk in the house to be greeted by their dog with the ‘So glad you’re back’ attitude. That's one of the most paw-sitive things about owning a dog but then...
Tinkle Terror!

A ‘tinkle terror’ usually happens when a miss-timed butwell-intended correction has been happening. We all do it; go into another room and come back and there is a pee puddle waiting. Over-correction or inappropriate correction are usually the culprits in the ‘tinkle terror’.

Remember, with a young puppy it is a matter of their bodies maturing and of their understanding of what you want. It may take some time and patience.

Some dogs, especially older dogs, now and then experience a reward for eliminating in the house -- the reward can simply be the natural sense of relief -- then his tendency will be to keep up the habit.

We need to change that reward quickly!

Above all: remember this: you are teaching your dog every time you interact.

Some of the wrong ways to correct:

•    As we all know, hitting a dog teaches nothing but fear. Finding a puddle in the past meant rubbing the dog’s nose in the puddle and hitting it on the nose with rolled up newspaper. WE ALL KNOW NOW, HITTING IS WRONG.

•    Calling the dog over to us, and scolding it. One problem with this approach: When you call the dog and it comes, that should be a happy time! He came when you called! When greeted with discipline they don’t understand. They were doing what you asked! They naturally will stop coming if they are greeted with anger or scolds.

Try a more timely and appropriate correction.

•    If you find a puddle when you get home, quietly clean it up in a calm way. This isn't a time to talk. The best thing to do is to ignore him while you do the cleanup.
•    With a young puppy it is a matter of their bodies maturing and of their understanding of what you want. Consistency and patience.
•    Catch them in the act.That is the single best correction a dog will need.There is no better scold then catching them in the act!
•    Taking them to their potty area every time they wake up
•    Create situations and surroundings where the dog can never eliminate in the house.
o    Crating till trained
o    Confinement in a room
o    A pen
o    A fenced area in the yard
Remember what goes in comes out. Wait a bit after drinking or eating and take the dog outside to where you want it to go. (if inside on a piddle pad: this also applies).
o    When outside say,  “go tinkle” or whatever your word you would consistently use ( I use pee and poop)
o    It can take a while. Enjoy the time when you are out there waiting. Walk, pull a weed or two, stretch, listen to the birds.
o    As soon as they go, be enthusiastic! REWARD! The dog associatesthese two things and with time will soon get with the program.
o    Timing:  Go outside when they: wake up, breakfast, lunch, nap, have been taken out of confinement, dinner, snacks, bedtime and if he whimpers in the night.

Praise him in a cheery voice when he produces. Don’t forget to be overlyenthusiastic about the behavior we do want!His reward is your happiness!

In obedience dog training and everyday life, ending in a paw-sitive is the way to solve behavior you dislike.Obedience training is a great way for our dogs to be fulfilled and discard unwanted behavior.

Barbara Talcott is the owner of Zippity Doo and  www.acatand9tails.com. Christina R. McCauley is the owner and trainer of Bone-a Fied- Friends Forever Pet Services www.mybffpetservices.com