Housebreaking Bozo!

Dog Training. Housebreaking Bozo!

When Bozo came to me, he was 12 weeks, for housebreaking, so my mission was to housebreak him in a few days. First thing I did was put on a Herm Sprenger choke collar on him, for safety, and a light-weight line, about 15 ft. long. As I moved through the house, and outside, I held the line in my hand, and this helped the puppy follow me everywhere.  By nature, dogs are pack animals, and they submit to a leader, so my behavior made Bozo aware that I was his leader, and that he should follow. At first, he screamed and carried on, but he quickly gave up protesting and happily went along with me.

When we were in the house, Bozo was comfortable in his crate, which I covered with a sheet, for maximum air ventilation, and privacy for him. He cried a bit, but I corrected this behavior, and he quieted down and protested no more.

I kept Bozo on a very disciplined, natural  raw food schedule for his maximum health, as well as  reliability in bowel movements, and natural dental care. He loved eating chicken with the bone in, and I was able to add venison, beef, fish and pork as he grew. His coat grew shiny and luxuriously soft – he looked like I put oil on his coat, but that wasn’t necessary. His stools were tiny, firm and very easy to pick up and dispose of in the trash bag.

Bozo spent a lot of his day outside with the pack of daycare dogs, where housebreaking was not an issue.  He loved playing with the large and small dogs. He annoyed the older dogs, by jumping on them, and hitting them with his paws, but they put him in his place, and he thrived. When he got tired, he rested again inside in his crate.

At 12 weeks, Bozo was capable of waiting many hours to eliminate, and at night there was no need for me to get up and take him out.  He easily and comfortably slept 8 hours without a peep from him.  When I took him out in the morning, I always took him to the same place, and as his nose explored the ground, I softly told him “go potty”, “go potty”, “go potty”.  He got into position, started to “go”, and I very softly praised him “good boy”, “good boy”, “good boy” until he finished.  When he finished, I promptly stopped praising him, then repeated the procedure with his sold waste elimination.

After three days of his housebreaking regimen, Bozo was completely housebroken, and never needed a correction for “going” in the house.

Elizabeth Wood