House Breaking By Dale McCluskey www.k9pack.com Housebreaking can be one of the most frustrating issues the owner can face when first bringing a new dog into the home. Influencing the direction a dog's mind takes is really about the type of influence the owner has over the dog's mind as it links with power and nature. Unresolved power contaminates this and other unwanted behavior issues owners seek to overcome. As the owner exposes and shifts power within the relationship his / her level of overall influence increases. The type of emotional connection the owner has with their dog matters. A direct link can be established between owners who connect at a higher emotional level and behavior issues associated with power. Dogs are in sync with this connection. The following recommendations are guaranteed to help any owner overcome the frustration with house breaking. Use a leash (not retractable) to direct your dog to an area to go potty. Learn to lead your dog's mind to the area you pick with continuing to direct their mind within that specific area. Using the leash direct your dog in a circle pattern. If their attention separates away too much flex the leash slightly to re-direct their mind back to moving forward within the circle. Movement will also help to activate their bowl. Keep your dog within the area and on the leash. Influence with directing your dog's mind is also part of the power shifting process. It is helpful to pick an area which has a corner, tree, bush etc. As you direct your dog in a circle a tree post etc will help trigger your dog to go as they pass this point. When your dog performs give some verbal praise near the end of the moment. Too much praise can be distracting to your dog. Your dog is in sync with your mind therefore expressing a happy state is meaningful enough to be felt. If your dog has just gone you are going to be alright with having your dog off leash and out of the crate for a period of time. Understanding however that power is the issue it is recommended that you limit your dog's access for now to prevent cleaning up a mess and getting frustrated. Use baby gates to block off your dog's access to other areas during this process. If your dog has gone outside and immediately proceeds to go again inside you need to crate more until power shifts as this is a sign your dog is holding onto power within the relationship. Dogs express often power through this behavior by claiming and marking area inside the house. When a dog is holding onto power you will observe other
associated behaviors as well. Power contaminates all interactions and situations. Practice projecting more assertive energy near and around your dog. Exposing and shifting power must become the focus to help gain meaningful influence with overcoming this and other behavior issues. As power shifts associated behaviors diminish. It is important to understand that puppies will take power very fast within the relationship if the owner's psychology is aligned with empowerment. Dogs are born with this nature driven need and will immediately begin to take the lead role if a power vacuum exists within the relationship. The path and direction the younger dog's mind takes to challenge and hold onto power can further influence the psychological path of the owner. The context of influence and power is a very difficult issue for trainers and owners to reconcile based on how we think and respond as humans. Begin to anticipate when your dog should need to go after eating and some time has elapsed. During this anticipation period begin a pattern of using the crate and taking him / her outside via the leash every half hour. This type of structure controls the potential and opportunities for your dog to go inside the house while you are influencing and directing your dog's mind to going outside. A dog holding onto power will still go inside the house even after just going outside. This is where the crate is needed to shrink a dog's world while power is being shifted. With dogs behavior provides a glimpse into the mind of the dog as it is associated with power. How a dog interacts and responds in one situation is not separate and independent of everything else. As you gain influence over your dog's mind you will begin to notice your dog going over to the door area on his / her own as they need to go. This type of response begins to happen as the owner's influence increases. Dale McCluskey has over 18 years experience in the dog training field including numerous awards, distinctions and accomplishments. His new book Beyond the Leash is available through his website at http://www.k9pack.com
Published on Oct 8, 2010
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