Tuesday, November 22, 2005

House Train Your Pup Properly!

Many experiments and studies have been performed concerning early socialization. With respect to dogs, socialization is the process by which a dog develops a Bond with a human, identifies itself as part of a human family, and develops relationships with people and animals. Puppies that aren't socialized turn out to be abnormally fearful and/or aggressive as adults. If you want your puppy to turn out to be a well adjusted adult, he/she must be exposed to a wide variety of non-threatening sights, sounds, people, animals, places and interesting experiences. They must also imprint and bond to people and animals, otherwise they will be permanently unable to relate to new social situations. The ideal time to adopt a puppy is at 8 weeks of age. This same process happens with humans, but over a longer span of time. Early abuse or neglect will wreck the adult... dog or human. Try studying why so many abused girls become prostitutes...it is the same process.

EXAMPLE: A new study links the lack of infant cuddling to the adult’s later inability to form healthy relationships. Here are a couple of excerpts:

The scientists took 18 children aged around four and a half who had been born in orphanages and therefore missed out on the level of physical contact they might have had from a mother and father. All had since been adopted, some as many as three years ago, and been given plenty of love and affection. However, some continued to display strange behavior, such as being willing to seek comfort from a complete stranger, even if their adoptive parent was equally on hand.

Children who were seriously neglected in infancy can carry a physiological burden for years, even after moving to a loving environment. A study of their hormonal responses shows that their brains are less equipped to trust and form social bonds than other children.

There is also a strong link between early childhood abuse and later drug abuse.

Substantial evidence points to childhood victimization as a major risk factor for later drug abuse. At least two-thirds of patients in drug abuse treatment centers say they were physically or sexually abused as children.

Early imprinting experiences make huge impacts on the perceptions and responses of adults, both human and canine.

Knowing this, it is important that you properly socialize your child… and you dog… for either to turn out healthy and well adjusted.

One area where people are likely to abuse their pups is in the process of house training. That is why I wrote a book called “100% Housetrained”.

Just recently, I received a call from someone who was complaining because their spouse was seriously spanking their 5 month old dog for urinating in the home. I told him that not only would this not get the dog to stop pottying in the house, it was abuse and illegal. They could be sent to jail for animal abuse.

I get calls like this all the time, in one form or another. That is why I wrote a book on house training. It was about time someone wrote the definitive guide on how to do it properly, so as to stop the abuse.

Here is the first chapter from my “100% Housetrained” book:

“Much of what you have heard, read and learned about house training a dog is wrong.

I have found most trainers, dog training books, veterinarians, groomers, kennel operators, breeders and dog owners don’t understand how to properly house train a dog. I felt it was about time someone correctly, clearly, specifically and completely taught dog owners the best way to house train any dog, regardless of the age or breed of dog. Some trainers think of you as an idiot if you can’t get your dog housetrained. But when you ask them for specifics on how to solve many of the house training problems people encounter, they run out of answers. They don’t know the answers.

When I see a dog owner having trouble house training their dog, I don’t consider them an idiot. I feel sorry for them because they are not enjoying their dog the way they could. And I feel sorry for the dog, because it doesn’t know what to do, and is oftentimes getting in trouble for things it doesn’t know how to solve on its own.

So here are my secrets to house training a dog properly. It is all here. This method has been proven to work over and over again. In this book, you have everything you need to know, and everything you want to know, about all aspects of house training.

The more books people write about dog training, the more difficulty dog owners are having figuring out the right solution to their house training problems. There is so much confusion, and so much bad advice hurting so many dogs, it was about time someone wrote a comprehensive book explaining everything about house training, especially how to do it the right way.

Over the years, this House training Program has been used to successfully train countless dogs and dog owners. This program has been used successfully with every type of house training problem imaginable. Because I have dealt with countless house training situations, I have been able to devise effective solutions to most house training problems.

For example, many people don’t believe their dogs can be housetrained. They let the problem go on so long, and make the problems so bad, they finally gave their dogs away because they didn’t know what else to do. Then the next owner has to do those things the first owners should have done right in the first place. Unfortunately, people end up applying either outdated or inappropriate methods to house train their dogs, and they end up wrecking many good dogs. Sometimes, the problems are so bad they can’t be fixed. It doesn’t have to work out that way. There are solutions to most dog training and behavioral problems. This book tells you all you need to know to do it properly.

If your dog isn’t housetrained, you are probably going to give your dog away. If you are at that point right now, you need to seriously ask everyone in your family: Who might end up being our dog’s new owner? Will the new owner abuse our dog? Will the new owner train our dog, or will they pass the problem along again to someone else? Could we be making mistakes that could end up wrecking our dog? Do we love our dog enough, as a family, to change what we are doing to make this work?

If you are having troubles house training your dog, then you need to buy this book, read it all the way through, and do everything suggested! You can’t count on the next owner doing it right, and you can’t count on the next owner treating your dog well. It is all up to you… but you aren’t alone, because this book is here to help make sure it works out. However…

You need to read EVERY word and every page of this book to understand it completely. Don’t skim through this book and expect it to work for you. There are reasons why each sentence and word is included in this book. This book is a result of many years of teaching dog owners how to have a dog which doesn’t defecate or urinate in the home. The real world examples used, the sequence of each point… everything… has been included to teach you important lessons so you do everything right with your dog!

Besides, who wants to step in, look at, or smell feces or urine on their floor? Who wants filth in their homes? I know I don’t! It is dirty and full of germs. When it comes to my dogs, I am willing to do whatever it takes to get my dog housetrained, and to do it right the first time.

House training is one of the most important lessons you can teach your dog. It is important because if you don’t get your dog housetrained, you will probably give your dog away to a shelter, or leave it outside indefinitely (which is a form of serious neglect and harmful to your dog). If house training is carried out in the wrong way, it can set off a huge number of other behavioral problems later on, such as problems with bonding, aggression, fearfulness, teaching the dog to run away from you, and difficulties in training obedience commands. So, if you do the house training incorrectly, you can wreck your relationship with your dog, and possibly make your dog unwanted by anyone else. Shelters are already overfilled with unwanted dogs. Unwanted dogs, if no one will adopt them, will eventually be killed by the shelter using a lethal injection or toxic gasses, to make room for dogs people will want to adopt. So, this is a life and death matter when it comes to your dog!

The first formal thing people teach their puppies is how to be clean indoors. House training is the first formal lesson we teach a puppy. This puppy doesn’t know anything, yet, the typical owner expects their dog to know what to do, and when the puppy potties in the house, the punishments start: hitting, yelling, slapping, rubbing their noses in feces, grabbing the pup by the collar, isolation in a laundry room or backyard, spraying with a squirt bottle… the list goes on and on. Now, none of this is fair to, or good for, the pup, nor is it good for an older dog. It isn’t fair because puppy pottying ISN’T a form of disobedience, requiring corrections and authority. These punishments aren’t good for the puppy, or any dog, since they teach them to fear the approaches of family members and doesn’t address teaching the dog how to potty outside and to be clean inside. Therefore, it should be clear, how you house train your dog will sets the stage for how your dog will relate to people for the rest of its life. You either make life go well, or you blow it, through abuse and neglect, and possibly wreck your dog to the point no one can fix what you have messed up. It is your choice.

However, most people, including many dog trainers, veterinarians, groomers, and even experienced dog people don’t know a thing about canine learning and behavior. So, they start yelling, screaming, spanking and chasing a puppy whenever it urinates or defecates in the house. They grab the pup by the collar, drag it over to the accident, and rub its face in the mess. They confine the pup to an indoor room, unsupervised, and force the pup to relieve itself indoors. Some leave the young dog alone too many hours, which either teaches the dog to hold its feces and urine for too many hours (and getting comfortable with being full and not emptying themselves, and thus never signaling they have to go potty), or causing health problems because the dogs aren’t relieving themselves frequently enough.

THEN THE BAD STUFF STARTS TO HAPPEN: If you treat a dog roughly, or neglect them, or do stupid training, you will pay a price. Sometimes the price is you have to put the dog to death, because you made the dog into a biter. Let’s say you are one of those people who yells, screams, chases, spanks, drags your puppy outdoors by the collar, and/or rubs your pups face in feces when it potties in your home. Should it be any surprise, when the dog is an adult, your dog is scared of you, or decides to fight back, or won’t come when called, or it bites you when it is handled around the collar, or it guards food and toys, or it still urinates and defecates in the house?

What so many people don’t realize is the rough handling they did with the pup at the beginning caused other serious behavioral problems once their dog became an adult. In the end, blaming the dog or the breed for problems which were in truth of their own creation, they abandon the dog to a shelter and get another dog, only to repeat the process all over again. If this isn’t a definition of animal abuse, what else would qualify?!

You might be saying to yourself at this point: "I DID DO all of this rough stuff with all of my previous dogs, and it worked." Well, maybe you were lucky. Or maybe others wouldn’t agree if they met your dog. Or maybe you had a dog who took what you dished out and still figured out how to potty outside. But the true test of a training method is whether it works for every dog, not just one dog. You see this all the time in the "dog world". You find all these so-called experts out there who only work with one breed of dog, or one type of dog, so they figure all dogs work their way. And when their stupid methods don’t work with your dog, well, "you must have a stupid dog!" Or "you are doing it wrong." Or you should get rid of "THAT" breed and get their breed. Well, there is a different solution: get another trainer! These folks are idiots and they will wreck your dog.

I don’t blame you. I blame bad training from poor quality trainers.

So here is your first homework:

a.) Read each and every page of this book!

b.) When you have read this whole book, from cover to cover, THEN begin house training your dog.

If you take shortcuts and skim the material, you will make mistakes and could set back your whole House training Program. The amount you paid to get this book is only a small percentage of what I have charged people to teach them in person how to house train their dogs. This book reveals many of my dog training secrets. This is the kind of information you won’t find in other books or training classes. So treat it this information with care, and DON’T LOSE THIS BOOK! OK, with that said… let’s begin!

This House training Program will work on normal dogs of any age and of any breed. This program will work for you and your situation. But, you must follow all these rules, with a good dose of common sense, or you will have flaws in your handling of the situation and your dog will continue to potty indoors.

As I’m writing this book, my current dog, a 5 year old Doberman, Dillon, is about to pass away as a result of an inherited heart disease called Cardiomyopathy (an abnormally enlarged heart). It is a result of poor breeding practices. Cardiomyopathy is particularly nasty for Dobermans, because once it manifests, they don’t live long. I have felt for a long time, if breeders want to eliminate these kinds of inherited diseases, they should collect semen and eggs from young breeding dogs, then hold onto them for 10 years. After 10 years, you test the living dogs for all the typical health related diseases, and the ones which are still healthy, you breed pups from the preserved semen and eggs. Similarly, with female dogs, they shouldn’t be bred until they are at least 5 years old. My experience is most genetic defects start showing up by the time a dog is 5 years old, whether it is blindness, allergies, hip dysplasia, heart disease, anxiety disorders, aggression disorders, or other common canine disorders and diseases.

I figure if a dog will live 10 years, and a bitch lives for 5 years, without manifesting any genetically inherited diseases, then they should be used for breeding. Too many breeders start breeding dogs as early as a year old, which is long before many serious genetic problems manifest. With modern science, within a generation, we could start to eliminate most of the debilitating and fatal diseases plaguing many of our dog breeds .

On a personal level, my friend, my pal, my dog is not going to live much longer. Yes, I’m sad. And I’ve been depressed about it since I learned of his condition.

They say he has about 3 to 6 weeks to live. So, I have him on several medications, I’m feeding him a special diet, and I’m trying to make it easier on his heart. Hopefully, all this effort will extend his life a bit longer.

One major side effect of the drugs is frequent urination. My dog now has to urinate frequently… all day, and all night long. It is like having a young puppy all over again.

One day, your dog might be in the same situation. Maybe not from heart disease, but from old age. When dogs get very old, their kidneys often start to fail. I remember when my dog, Kate, was about 10 years old, her kidneys started to fail as a result of old age. So she had to urinate every few hours, like my current dog.

In both cases, I was SO glad my dogs were housetrained!

Even though they had to urinate frequently, like young pups, they didn’t have any accidents in my home, because I could read when they had to go, and they let me know, as well.

At the same time, I’m now making plans to get a new pup. The sadness of losing current my dog will soon be replaced with joy through obtaining a new puppy. Yet, I’m going to have to start all over again with this new dog. He or she won’t know a thing about what to do, and I’m going to have to do all I’m going to instruct to you to do in this book to ensure my new pup gets housetrained properly, because I know: It’s no fun having a dog that isn’t housetrained.

It is no fun to have to clean up messes in your home. Is no fun to have a house or room which smells like stale urine. It is no fun to step in feces in your bedroom in the middle of the night.

I’ve experienced all of that, and I’ve learned the proper way to prevent and deal with those types of problems… and more. And I’m going to show it all to you in this book."

Is Your Dog House Trained? Are You Being Rough On Your Dog?

If you don’t know how to properly housetrain your dog, or know of someone who is being rough on their pup for pottying in the home, I suggest purchasing my book.

You can order my book, 100% Housetrained, by clicking HERE. You receive a 95 page book, plus email follow up for any specific questions you might have. The cost is $95. The book is NOT sold separately. This is a lesson, with personal follow up from me, a professional dog trainer and behaviorist.

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