The mother dog literally ingests a puppy’s eliminations and the enzymes in her mouth sanitize surfaces she has licked keeping both puppy and den area relatively free of harmful bacteria. A less distasteful approach, but one that still utilizes the mother dog’s method; is to clean areas in the house (where the puppy has had an accident) with enzymatic soap. These bacterial agents literally consume the puppy’s elimination odors and may reduce or remove a puppy’s propensity to re-mark a previously soiled areas.
Another method I have employed with great success to prevent a puppy from marking or remarking a valuable rug, for example, is to use Right Guard original scent men’s underarm deodorant or corn-starch baby power. Spray the underside of a rug with the Right Guard or dust the top of the rug with baby powder corn starch (lavender scented works best). The puppy will undoubtedly re-investigate the area of it’s last social faux pax, breathe in the scent and realize too late that the odor makes him sneeze. It’s harmless.
Not unlike the mother dog, women are often delegated to the task of house-training a puppy. We often use phrases such as the family dog or the family pet but these terms do not point to the all too frequent reality – the family gains the benefits of the work accomplished by the principle caretaker who is typically a woman. Time restraints, household duties, childcare, employment concerns, and hectic schedules, among other concerns, have placed many women in a constant crisis mode. Never in human history is so much being expected of them. In many homes across America even relatively simple tasks such as feeding the dog or taking it out for a walk are often contingent on a woman’s schedule and availability.
A spouse or partner; as well as other family members should be recruited to assist during the house-training program. if you are a women in this predicament, do not assume all family members will understand what’s needed to accomplish the task. Rather than becoming angry or disappointed with their lack of enthusiasm or support during the house-training process – delegate:)
Contact a veterinarian if the puppy continues to eliminate in the house despite your best efforts. After removing organic reasons for the puppy’s behavior, then hire a canine trainer (get references) to assist in the house-training process or investigate information available in, “Puppies for Dummies,” Sarah Hodgson, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, N.Y. 2006.
Roger Alan Bernard, a canine behaviorist and frequent guest on national and international radio shows and television programs throughout the Southeast, and works exclusively with Women Who Own Dogs….and the men who love them. He can be reached at: www.savvycaninetraining.com or http://womenwhoowndogs/blogspot.com