Dog House Training - Why is Your Dog Eliminating in the House

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Welcome to the August, 2008 Issue of The Dog Scoop Newsletter - The ezine your dog knows has his best interests at heart and wants you to read.

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  • 1. Dog House Training
  • 2. Featured breed - Rottweiler
  • 3. Quote of the day
  • 4. Doggy Facts
  • 5. What's New
  • 6. Featured Dog Story
  • 7. Featured Product
  • 8. Photo of the Month

Dog House Training

Just When You Think Your Best Buddy is House Trained - There is a Re-lapse.

Medical Causes

There are several reasons that previously house trained dogs will begin soiling in the house. Most of them are medical. If your dog does begin eliminating inappropriately in the house, assume that there is a physical cause for it and take her to the vet. After you have eliminated a medical reason for soiling in the house you can consider other reasons this may be happening.

There are many reasons for a re-lapse. Each canine is unique so there is no easy way to categorize them. Pay close attention to when and where this happens and keep calm - no yelling or criticism. Try to figure out what is triggering this behavior.

Behavioral Reasons for Soiling

  • Separation anxiety - revenge is not considered a canine emotion but you do hear of anecdotal information about dogs, especially small ones eliminating on their owners bed when left alone. This may appear that your dog is "getting back at you," more likely your pet is suffering from separation anxiety and marking a place that has the strongest odor to you.

  • Daily Routine Changes - meal time changes, walk time and duration, maybe the amount of time she is left alone. These changes all can affect her digestive and urinary system as well as emotional state.

  • Weather Changes - some dog do not like to go out in cold or wet weather and possibly you do not either. Dress both you and your dog appropriately and do not change the routine.

  • Territorial Reasons - dogs are territorial, particularly male canines. If another dog comes into your home; chances are he may feel compelled to mark his turf.
Dogs will go back to the "scene" of the crime, so it is important to thoroughly clean the area.

If you have been crate training, it is a dog's natural instinct to keep his sleeping and eating area clean, but there are reasons why a puppy might soil the crate:

  • Your best buddy has been left in there too long and his bladder is full.
  • The crate is too big and has an area separate from where he sleeps.
  • Bedding that may encourage soiling.
Stop crating immediately if this happens; put him in a confined area like a hallway, laundry room or bathroom. Put paper at one end and his bed and food at the other. After a couple of weeks re-introduce your dog to the crate, for short periods of time at first and increase slowly if no soiling has occurred. Do not put any bedding in the crate. If it starts up again, remove him from the crate and start over.

Please read these articles on crate training and other house training methods for puppies and older dogs.

Featured Breed - Rottweiler

The Rottie is very devoted to his owner and family, is protective and will defend them fiercely. They have a reliable temperament are calm, trainable and courageous.

The Rottie will greet Friends and relatives enthusiastically. Strangers can get no further than the sidewalk.

Height: Males 24-27 inches (61-69 cm.) Females 22-25 inches (56-63 cm.) Weight: Males Dogs 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg.) Females 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg.)

They are large, stocky, muscular, and powerful. When well trained, Rottie's can learn and do almost anything and they make a great watchdog and guardian.

This breed is bulky and takes up a lot of space in your house and car; a heavy dog who wants to sit on your feet and lie on your lap. They are energetic and do require a lot of exercise and may become destructive if not given enough exercise. Rottweilers need to be socialized so their protectiveness does not become aggression and a confident owner that can take charge.

Quote of the Day

"Everything dogs do, they do for a reason; the reason may just be unclear to us."

Doggy Facts - Did You Know...
  • That 40% of dog owners carry pictures of their pets in their wallets?

  • According to the American Animal Hospital Assoc. more than 40% of pet owners talk to their pets on the phone or through the answering machine.

  • Heartworm is one of the most dangerous parasites affecting dogs. Carried by the common mosquito, heartworm can kill your best friend. The good news is that you can prevent this with HeartGard - prescription Heartworm medication for dogs.

What's New

We have added a new Dog Question and Answer page that is interactive. Help and be helped or Ask the Expert.

Photo of the Month

Chihuahuas are a popular breed. Most Chihuahua do not care for dogs of a different breed, although they seem to recognize, and indeed welcome, other Chihuahuas. Intelligent, bold and saucy. They become very attached and possessive of their owners.
Featured Dog Tail

My first dog as a young adult was a chubby bear cub...

Featured Product - Baron Heavy Duty Dog Feeder.

Serving food and water to your dog in two separate feeders can be tedious. The Baron Heavy Duty Dog Feederprovides a practical solution to this with its two-bowl feeder. You can serve both food and water on a single feeding station. Besides the ease of serving, the raised level of the feeder allows your dog to eat at his or her own level. This promotes proper posture during meals, aids digestion, and helps your dog eat in comfort.

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