House Breaking Your Dog
ArTex Hills Kennels, LLC does not currently offer house breaking training. As hard as we try to make a dog at home, a stay at a kennel does not compare to your home environment.
Our recommendations for house breaking is to first buy a crate for your dog. It is not "mean" or "cruel" to crate your dog. After a dog gets used to it, you will find the dog will sometimes voluntarily go into the crate. Dogs like dens. It becomes a comfort zone to them.
First, you need to have a set feeding time, and stick to it. It won't take long to figure out when your dog needs to go out. If a puppy, the first 3 to 4 weeks are the most difficult. As soon as you let your dog out of the crate, take him outside. Give him a command such as, "Take a break" or something of the sort. If after about 5 to 10 minutes, if the dog goes, then bring him into the house. If he doesn't go, put him back in the crate and wait another 30 minutes and try it again. After a successful "go", make sure you watch the dog while inside. After a bit of playing, puppy goes back in the crate and then repeat the above. The key to house breaking is preventing it from happening and developing bad habits. One of my favorite sayings is, "If your dog goes in the house, roll up a newspaper and hit yourself in the head with it!" Please do NOT rub your dog's nose in a mess if you find one. If you do catch your dog in the act, say, "NO" and promptly take the dog out.
I've heard people say, "My dog knows when he has messed up" over and over again, but in reality, the dog sees your body posture change and has learned that when you stand that way, a correction will follow. Dogs don't think like we do, they think like dogs, and dogs are cool!
Best wishes and good luck!