Positive Dog Training
In the old days, it was suggested that if a puppy soils a place in the house, it should be punished by shoving its face into whatever he or she soiled the house with. I even remember when I was a kid, one of my classmates actually told me that was what his family did to housetrain their beagle dog. Well, nowadays, this is considered cruel according to the professional dog trainers and much more effective and humane methods are now used. This includes positive dog training which is essential for housebreaking puppies faster.
Positive dog training involves rewarding the puppy for doing the right things rather than punishing it for doing the wrong things. By rewarding with training treats, enthusiastic praise or even better, a combination of the two, the overall training process is speeded up significantly. Puppies will quickly learn what to do in order to get rewarded and not do the bad things since no rewards are involved.
Positive dog training is now important for general obedience as well as in housebreaking puppies. Puppies learn that there are rewards when they do their business in the places that their owners want them to do in while rewards are withheld if mistakes occur.
In my method in housebreaking puppies with an indoor litter box, positive dog training is an important key element throughout the process as well as beyond the ‘graduation’. There is no more room for cruel punishment in either the housebreaking puppies methods or general dog obedience training of today. In fact, the outdated cruel methods of punishment can cause a mistrust in the relationship between the dog and the owner.
For a visual demonstration of positive dog training, see the free video I offer on basic dog obedience training as you can see how I work with my own two dogs, Chester and Roxie. Of course, this type of training is described in detail for its role in my book on housebreaking puppies called ‘Potty Train Your Puppy With A Litter Box – Convenient House Training Indoors For Dogs‘.