How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days

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For almost twenty years, dog owners have turned to this compact guide for sensible, step-by-step advice how to housebreak their beloved pets—in just one week! Now revised and updated, pet expert Shirlee Kalstone's foolproof method for housebreaking your dog is available with a fresh new look and up-to-date information.

Whether your dog is a puppy or getting on in years, whether your goal is to housebreak, paper train, or litter train, this practical, easy-to-follow plan will ...

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Overview

For almost twenty years, dog owners have turned to this compact guide for sensible, step-by-step advice how to housebreak their beloved pets—in just one week! Now revised and updated, pet expert Shirlee Kalstone's foolproof method for housebreaking your dog is available with a fresh new look and up-to-date information.

Whether your dog is a puppy or getting on in years, whether your goal is to housebreak, paper train, or litter train, this practical, easy-to-follow plan will help you transform your pet into a dependable member of the household—in a way that works with both his innate behavioral instincts and your individual lifestyle. You'll never again have to worry about your dog acting out, feeling anxious or depressed—or ruining your brand-new rug—as you discover:

* The simple secret of successful housebreaking—understanding your dog as a den dweller

* Step-by-step programs tailored to both apartment dwellers and home owners, as well as to people who go to work, versus those who are home all day

* Schedules for training puppies and (re)training adult dogs

* How to identify your dog's natural behavioral rhythms—and use them to your advantage

* How to cope with housebreaking lapses, marking territory, separation anxiety, and health problems

* The power of praise and positive reinforcement, not punishment

Including sample schedules and timetables, and a list of related resources and websites, here is the essential, proven advice that will make training a pleasure, for both you and your dog.

A simple, step-by-step method to housebreaking your dog based on your pet's natural instincts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553382891
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 118,162
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirlee Kalstone, an internationally recognized expert on pets for over twenty years, has published 8 books on pet care. A trainer, groomer, and humane society worker, she has also professionally bred and shown both dogs and cats.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Fantastic book for first time dog owners or those with problem pups!

    I've always loved all animals but I've only ever had indoor cats. This past weekend I was offered a lab-boxer mix pup and my heart told me to go for it. He was just too adorable to resist. Right after getting puppy supplies: crate, food,etc. I picked up this book at the local B&N. It has been a Godsend! It is simple, to the point, and full of common sense. Experienced dog owners will probably not find the info to be anything new but for me, a novice, it has a wonderfully straight forward approach that helped me get things off to the right start. In just two and a half days my pup was housebroken. He's happy, I'm happy, and my floors are stain and odor free...what more can you ask for? Yes, the book is short. Yes, in-store its a little over $8. The point is that it includes all the info you need to housebreak your dog and none of the fluff and filler that just fills up pages and increases the price of other books. You'll have to decide for yourself whether a poop and pee free home is worth $8. Personally, I think you'd spend a heck of a lot more than $8 on carpet cleaner, spot treatments, and odor removers if you don't use this book. And for those who say the info could all be found online...maybe so, but I didn't have time to weed through all the crappy advice to find what 'might' work. I thoroughly researched on B&N and 3 other book seller sites to find the highest rated housebreaking book. This one is the top pick for a reason and instead spending days trying to find the right method, I had the right book in my hand in a little over thirty minutes after doing my research. I appreciate saving time and aggravation.

    !!!ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU BUY THE BOOK...PLEASE UNDERSTAND---> YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THE APPROPRIATE SCHEDULE AND ADVICE TO A "T" to have success. If you can't/won't put the time and effort into it, and/or you generally half-A everything you do in life, you really shouldn't have a dog in the first place. To have a wonderful pet, you HAVE to be an equally wonderful owner.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    It Really Works!

    I first bought this book 13years ago for our puppy Sam. It took less than 7 days and he never had an accident in the house until this past year and that was from getting old and not having control anymore. I gave that book to a friend who brought a puppy home for her son. She said it was Great! Then We got Puppy Shadow 5 years ago and I bought another copy. One week is all it took and he has not had one accident. Same with that book, I had a friend who got a puppy and I gave her my copy. Now my Mother-in-law has a new puppy and needs help. I'm getting a 3rd and updated copy for her. Thanks for a great book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Lost my 14 year old copy, buying it again!

    I bought one of the original copies of this book 14 years ago when we got our first Westie. We tragically lost our little boy a few weeks ago. The two things our family agreed on was a new little boy soon & another copy of this book. It turns dog psychology into people language. A funny & great family read. When our last little man turned 13 weeks (the key age), he was housebroke in 3 days. We never crate trained, just stuck w/ it. He might have had 1 accident in all those years. A must have for anyone getting a puppy! Know anyone getting a pup, give it as a gift, they'll LOVE you for it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Great Book for beginners!

    I just recently bought a puppy... The breeder suggested this book! It was great! Read it in one day so it's a super easy read! Highly recommend for new puppy owners!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    I have had my puppy since june when she was 6 weeks now she is 8 months will it still work?

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Great as long as you don't have 2 doxie pups

    This is a very informative book. I did use some of the procedures in here and am very consistent when it comes to pets. But I adopted 2 long hair mini doxie pups, and I'm now into week 4 with potty training. I finally had to separate them and it honestly appears, they are understanding the "potty in the pad" (puppy pads). I am away from them so long (due to my commute) that it gives them plenty of time to figure a way out of the 2 bathrooms I'm using as their "den." All in all, I liked the author and learned quite a bit from her. She is very good about covering the basics on dogs. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to pursue housebreaking your pup/dog. It's just that dauchsund breeds are hard to house break. With a LOT of patience and some of the tips from this book, it can be accomplished. She's done a great job.

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