You know, when I think about training things more, something comes to mind. Sometimes you have to wonder who it is training who? After all, while we humans are trying to train our canine companions to abide by the “house rules” about keeping the “den” clean (ie going to the bathroom), we find U.S I also have to learn things.
For example, when your puppy is only 8 weeks old, you should learn to watch him to see when he is getting ready to relieve himself so that you can take him outside and start teaching him. that it is the right place to go. Generally, if a puppy has its nose stuck to the ground for more than a couple of seconds, that is one of the signs that it is looking for a place.
You probably already know that puppies can’t spend more than an hour busy playing without having to relieve themselves. So, he starts to look closely and pulls out the furry girl when he starts looking for a good spot.
Between three and four months of age, the puppy begins to gain some bowel and bladder control and the two of you have begun to agree on a sign that the outdoors is a good idea. The people who will tell you earlier that their puppy was perfectly house-trained are perfectly house-trained themselves. I’m not saying that’s bad, just that it is.
Eventually, the lesson will assimilate to the dog, but then, you meet the dog who is teaching you she sign of need to go out. My Jack Russell mix will go to the door and bark once, then jump out the door. If I don’t realize it, he will repeat it until I do.
My Border Terrier, on the other hand, has a much more subtle signal. He will come and stand next to my chair. At first, I thought it was his way of telling me that he wanted attention or scratching himself. He would just stand there, more or less far from me, but close enough to be caressed. He finally taught me to understand that this is his way of asking out. As a secondary method, he managed to teach Mix JR to bark like she He has to go out, but then when I answer, he is the one who has to go, not her. She will walk away from the door.
My “heart dog,” a thoroughbred Jack Russell Terrier, used to trot between me and the door. The more imperative you get out, the faster the trips will be. She would come and look at me, then jog out the door. Go back and look, then at the door, until I get the hint.
Now, you can modify this behavior to some extent by encouraging the use of a particular signal. Scratch the door, ring the bell that you have hung on the door, come and put a paw on your arm, anything that helps you get up from the chair to let it out. Maybe it’s a certain tone in the bark, a rather high-pitched howl? Maybe it’s that broken moan with the sad look?
The upshot is that, in order to teach your dog a signal that you decide on for this particular behavior and need, you must first learn what the dog’s signal is that indicates the need. Then who it is training who?