The Afghan hound is known for many things including an attractive appearance, strength and speed and having an incredibly stubborn disposition. It's this last trait that can make housebreaking this breed such a challenge. Here are a few tips to help make it a little easier:
Provide a Place to Go
The single most important thing you can do when housebreaking your dog is to provide an appropriate place to go on a regular and consistent basis. If your dog will be going outside then make sure that you provide the opportunity often. Let him out first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It's also a good idea to allow him outside after every meal even if he shows no interest in going. If you develop a regular schedule your pet's body is likely to adjust to it and he will go when provided the chance.
One of the best ways to avoid elimination accidents is crate training. Dogs don't like to "go" where they will be sleeping so if you provide ample opportunity for them to eliminate before going into the crate this can be a great training tool. Make sure that the crate you choose allows your dog enough room to lie down and turn around comfortably. Also, don't use the crate as punishment.
When Accidents Occur
A few accidents are likely to happen so it's best to have a game plan in mind beforehand. Do not under any circumstances rub your dog's nose in the mess he's made. Not only is this cruel, it serves no purpose. The dog will just be confused and will continue to have the same type of accidents. Instead, try speaking in a harsh voice to convey that what he has done is inappropriate. Take him right away to the place that he is supposed to go. If you wait even a couple of minutes to do this he will be distracted by something else and will not get the connection.
Timing is Everything
If you discover that your dog has had an accident in the house, but you didn't actually catch him in the act it's best to just clean it up and hope to be more attentive next time. Much like a toddler, your pet isn't going to know why you are scolding him half an hour after the fact. This will only cause confusion and may even result in a timid and distrustful pet.
Watch for Signs
If you watch your dog closely you will probably find that you can tell when an accident is about to occur. While Afghan hounds aren't as vocal as some breeds, they will usually show signs of distress or discomfort when they need to relieve themselves. If you suspect that this is the case get your dog to his designated area right away and don't forget to praise him to let him know that he has done a good job. Patience is definitely a virtue when housebreaking your Afghan hound. Their independent nature can sometimes make it difficult to convince them to do things your way but they are incredibly smart animals and your perseverance will pay off.
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