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In canine behavior, size doesn’t matter. A problem is a problem, regardless of size.

That applies to housebreaking as well.

Of course, size of the dog has a more profound impact to the human, when the results of the dog's "deposit"is involved. Too often people ignore a problem until it affects something of value, and only then will they pay attention to what’s going on. Other than that, people seem content to ignore issues.

Example: A chihuahua with a housebreaking issue is often merely wiped up after, once the mess is found. But a Newfoundland with a housebreaking issue is a whole different story. A small pond on your hardwood floor really gets attention. A big dog versus a tiny puddle from a Yorkie can certainly get people’s attention. Yet it’s just a matter of proper housebreaking. And that does not mean rubbing your dog’s nose in it.

Any dog, regardless of size, needs to be taught the rules of going out, especially positively, as that will have a greater impression, help the dog to want to “go” outside, and make for a happier dog.

Bladders are sized to fit your dog. Small dogs shouldn’t have to go out more often than big dogs. But for some reason, people think they do.

Okay, I can hear the objectors now. “But my dog does have to do out a lot, and he ‘goes’ each time.” Well, let me just say that you’ve done a good job of training Phydo to do just that. Going out every half hour or hour . . . it’s something you’ve taught your dog, regardless of size.

Now, if your dog drinks a lot, of course, he’ll have to “go” more often. That’s common sense. So, take him or her out! Deliberately ignoring those red flags from your dog can undo housebreaking in a big way.

However, if your dog is begging to go out or is dancing around trying to get your attention to go out more often than usual, make an appointment for your dog to see the vet. Get him or her checked out. Dogs get UTIs just like people, especially female puppies. But that isn’t the only condition your dog could be suffering from bladder-wise . . . Get Phydo to the vet.

NOTE: Whenever you notice a shift in your dog’s health or behavior pattern always get your dog cleared medically. Never assume!


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