Michael wrote to tell me, “The problem is that we have three pups that need house training. I have successfully housebroken a number of dogs, one at a time, but all the methods I’m aware of require you to show the dog the mistake. Indicate in whatever manner preferred that the mistake is unacceptable & place the dog outside.
Certain methods involve placing newsprint on certain spots on the floor as an interim step. However these methods don’t seem applicable in this case, because unless you happen to catch the dog in the act of urinating/defecating, it is impossible to identify the animal at fault and to reinforce the fact that the behavior is unacceptable.
We have reached the stage where non of the dogs will misbehave if humans are present, but as soon as you walk out of the room oh-oh. Provided that there is more than 1 dog in the room. I was wondering if you had a book available that dealt with this kind of problem and if so, which one would you recommend that I purchase? Thanks, Michael
Thank you for the e-mail. I’m going to direct you to my article on Housebreaking here, for your benefit. –Edited… complete article can now be found at: House Training