House Training Dogs is much more than just housebreaking (potty training, toilet training), yet most dog trainers (and thus dog owners too) start and stop with housebreaking - and then understandably they lock the dog in a kennel (=locked crate) because the dog has not learned to behave well in the house.
Why get a dog and then lock the dog away? All the worse if you get a German Shepherd Dog - who is meant to be free to guard every corner of the property and the family?
Hence why in the most remarkable year 2014, the best non-selling author Tim Carter went out of your way and published what is often called a book with the ingenious title House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home. You too enjoy humor, right?
And surprise, surprise, even if you call your house a shack, this book is right on because a German Shepherd upgrades every shack to a high value home anyway.
With House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home now you too can give your dog free run of the house, even while you are away! And your dog will keep everything as shack-like as you left it - or as luxurious as you left it, indeed.
Now for the penny pinchers in brief: What does House Training Dogs have to comprise, such that your dog is safe, considerate, and clean in the house?
As a minimum:
- Dog housebreaking - meaning Potty training a dog or Dog toilet training
- Crate training dogs
- Dog meals, Meal times, and Feeding routine - in our Periodical
- Establishing even the youngest family members as the accepted Pack leader - in our Periodical
- Leash training the dog (indoor SSCD) - in our Periodical
- No scratching, no chewing, no knocking over - in our Periodical
- No jumping up and opening doors - in our Periodical
- And even: No spreading slobber across the floor after drinking - the importance of teaching this I only realized with My New Puppy on a tiled apartment floor!
Now ask yourself: Can you, or the BEST professional dog trainer achieve all this with Obedience Training?
Stupid question, I know. Of course NOT, NO! Try leaving an obedience-trained dog alone at home with free run of the house!
Not only a German Shepherd, every dog knows very well that when you have left, there's no one that the dog needs to obey. So guess what happens? Not always, mind you, but sometimes. And already once is enough. One destroyed house, and you'll agree: "Phew, I was nuts to leave the dog alone at home with free run of the house - without specific training!"
This is why for all the above topics of House Training Dogs we will make use of Behavior Training, not Obedience Training. See House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home if you are interested.