Having a puppy or a dog as a new addition to a household is always a great thing! When that same puppy or dog making a mess and generally peeing or pooping everywhere? Not so much. It is generally this point in time when a lot of dog owners start to question whether they are meant to be owners or if they are suited for the responsibility.
It is unfortunate that this is a period that may find difficulty with but that is completely understandable. What is truly unfortunate is that this is the particular period wherein a lot of dogs are either abandoned or given away. Our hope with this article is that dog owners will be able to use the little nuggets of wisdom regarding how to stay sane when housebreaking their dog.
Let’s get started!
Have a Plan
This is, by far, the most ignored piece of advice that has been given. Vets, pet trainers, and long-time pet owners will all tell new pet owners that it is important to have a plan when it comes to housebreaking a pet. It’s not something that you just half ass.
You will need to make sure that you’re equipped with the right mannerisms, right responses, and right rewards to let the message sink in a lot better. A plan will usually consist on when you are starting the housebreaking, what you need to do, and how you are going to measure your success.
Consistency is always important when you are trying to teach a pet a habit or a response. A lot of the problems and the frustration come from not being consistent with the rules that are needed. Puppies and dogs (which are usually rescues) have a lot of difficulties understanding what is expected when things aren’t consistent.
If you are going to stay sane, you need to be consistent as well. Get to know your pet and time when they usually have to relieve themselves. From there, make it a habit so they’ll pick up the time when they need to go and where they should do it.
Just because you are responsible for your pet does not mean that you should not make time for yourself as a person. Housebreaking a pet can be extremely stressful so it is important to practice self-care. Take a break when you think that you are losing your temper. If your pet is driving you crazy, substitute with someone else for a while. Doing what it takes to make sure you are a happy and healthy person will help your pet in the long run.
When it comes to being a responsible pet owner, taking care of yourself matters a lot. After all, if you are not happy, there is very little chance that you will be able to provide the sort of care and support that a young or needy pet needs. Being a pet owner means that you will be part of a relationship with someone that cannot speak their mind and is completely reliant upon you for their survival and wellbeing.
What’s your opinion regarding the whole housebreaking process? How did you survive the whole housebreaking period with your own buddy?