Housebreaking Issues in Philadelphia
I always recommend seeing a vet before beginning behavioral training for your dog, just to rule out any medical reasons for the behavior problem. Your dog may be aggressive because he’s in pain, rather than simply because he’s mean and moody. He might have trouble housebreaking because he has a UTI.
However, some behavioral problems that crop up remain an issue long after treatment has been completed, just because the dog has developed a bad habit. This was a case with Winston, a dog I recently worked with whose crystals caused him to have accidents inside the home. After he was treated, he continued to pee inside the home.
When his owners called, we set up an in-home consultation, and I met the family. Winston was not a bad dog, by any means, but I could tell he needed help with basic obedience as well as housebreaking. I put together a customized training plan, and after I made sure the owners were on board, we started training.
Basic obedience training works in several ways. It sets boundaries, helps bond the dog and his owners, and even reduces anxiety by teaching the dog exactly what is expected of him. Basic obedience is the foundation to every training program. To help with housebreaking, specifically, we utilized crate training, place training, and proper leash techniques. We also kept him on a strict schedule and eliminated roaming. Once he breaks his bad habit and earns his owners’ trust, they can start to lighten up a bit and give him more freedom.
Training is a process, and thanks to the dedication of Winston’s owners and the techniques I was able to teach them, he’s already made progress. No more stepping in dog pee for these folks!
To learn how I can help your dog kick his bad habit(s), give me a call today at 215.709.2560.