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Decoding Your Dog

Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
“I just took her outside, she was out there playing for 20 minute…”

This is a common phrase stated by my boyfriend.  I hear it daily, sometimes a couple times a day, and there’s nothing I can do to get him to understand that it’s a process, it takes time, and our littermate puppies will get there.  To be honest, we both kind of forgot what it’s like.

Potty training littermate puppies isn’t really any different from potty training one puppy, except for the obvious –  when you clean up one accident, the other one is in the process of going potty on the opposite side of the room.  So we went back to the basics when we brought Zoey and Scout home.

Our Potty Training Routine

When you read books on raising puppies, most will say the same thing and Decoding Your Dog isn’t any different and this works!  We take Zoey and Scout outside to potty when…

  • They wake up from a nap or in the morning.
  • After they eat and then 15-20 minutes later.
  • After they have a play session.
  • After they have a bought of excitement, like one of us comes home or they get a treat.
Puppy Play Pen, Potty Pad

But we’re not ready to take a nap.

Dogs Don’t Think Like Humans

But Decoding Your Dog takes it one step further and reminds us of a few things and I believe every new puppy owner needs to understand…

  • Accidents don’t happen because our dogs are lazy or mad at us.
  • Accidents are our (the humans) fault – we waited too long, we expect too much, we haven’t established a routine.
  • Puppies and dogs don’t associate our unhappiness with the accident when we discover the potty pool after it’s happened.
  • We need to celebrate and praise the wins – using the potty pad, walking towards the door, ringing the potty alarm (whining as they walk to the door).
  • Rubbing our dogs’ noses in an accident isn’t an effective way to potty train them – I so appreciate that there is a significant section about this misconception.

Our puppies will be 3 months old on January 31st and I’m pretty proud of them.  Yes, we still have accidents, but they happen when our puppies aren’t taken out quickly enough OR when we forget to take them outside after they get super excited.

Decoding Your Dog is a much anticipated book in the dog lover world, when I announced on Facebook that it was being launched and we’d receive a free copy through the BlogPaws Network, I was excited to see so many comments by people who were eagerly awaiting their copy.  The book seeks to define common dog behaviors and is a great reminder that our dogs are dogs – not tiny humans with soft coat.

The book covers things such as…

  • how to speak dog
  • how to curb unwanted behaviors
  • separation anxiety
  • giving our dogs a job
  • dog aggression

I’m the type of person who wants to jump around a book like this, so I hit potty training first and will heading over to learn how to speak dog next.  Although we have a lot of experience with reading and communicating with your dogs, it’s always cool to get another take on the whys of their behavior.

  • why Rodrigo jumps and lunges at cyclists – is it his herding tendencies? is it aggression?
  • why is Zoey so submissive and how can we build her confidence?
  • why is Sydney always in my shadow?
  • why were our girls harder to potty train than our boys?

Back to the potty training, I’m excited to share that after sharing what I learned in Decoding Your Dog with J, he and I were able to make slight adjustments to our potty training, making sure to celebrate each win and remain silent with each mistake.  As a result, the puppies walk to the door (or to us) when they need to go potty and and we’re getting better at recognizing the “I need to go potty” signals they give us.

What’s something about your dog that you’d like some insight on?

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