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Thank you so much for your patience. 🙂
I love the use of the word “elimination” as opposed to more crude words. Plus it brings a new use to a one form defined term. And that last part about leaving them in the crate to reinforce the training is a great tip. I will try to do that with my next friend, I choose to use friend instead of pet :3.
I wish you the best of luck with all of your future friends. I’m really glad that you found this to be helpful, and I encourage everyone to do as much research as possible before they actually acquire a new animal.
Just to clarify–If your dog is whining inside of the crate, you don’t want to acknowledge her until she is quiet (even if it’s just for a few seconds!), because if you were to acknowledge her while she’s whining, you would be reinforcing the behavior of whining. Which you don’t want to do. 😉 I just want to make sure I expressed that properly. You do want to reinforce calm[er] behaviors.
I think some of this advice could be used for toddler training too! It seems that yelling and making a child feel bad about “nature’s calling” just causes confusion and negativity, rather than reinforcing the potty training.
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Thank you so much for your comment. I agree with you completely, and it sounds like you would be a great dog person (and parent). 🙂
Sometimes I think about how people scold and punish dogs for eliminating [in unwanted places], and how awful it would be for the dog to make the association that the act of eliminating (at all, in general) is wrong. I was also thinking about the dog actively trying to “hold it” and not urinate/defecate at all, in order to avoid punishment… and I think it would be terrible for a dog to feel so scared about doing something that is a basic necessity.
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