If you decide to keep your future canine mate in the house with you, depending on the age of the puppy and the place where you get it from, your Caucasian Shepherd dog will have to adapt to the new indoor conditions. It is good to be as well documented as possible when it comes to housebreaking a Caucasian puppy.
As the pups leave their parents and litter and go to new homes and new owners, they are going through a big lifestyle change, becoming independent from its dog family and connected to their owner. This way, bonding through early training is very precious and the potty training part is, of course, essential. So if your caucasian pup has little or no housetraining, you will need to learn how to work with him or her as efficient and open-hearted as possible.
First of all, you should know that our Titans Family kennel and kennels in general keep puppies in special enclosures and they have also have plenty of space to run through the garden. So they do not spend time in the house with us and learn in a natural way as they grow to go to potty in the yard and not in their enclosure.
If you decide to keep your Caucasian mountain dog in the house or in an apartment, then you should be prepared to go through the housebreaking training with him or her.
We have put together some basic steps and things to consider when housebreaking a puppy, be it a Caucasian shepherd or any other breed. Dogs function in the same way when it comes to training, although their rhythm and receptivity might differ according to the breed and each individual.
Having a clear strategy and knowledge about the moments when it comes naturally for a dog to eliminate makes the housetraining procedures much easier and organized. So you need to consider three essential moments when your puppy will need to go to potty: after waking up from sleep, after having a meal and after playing and movement.
You can thus allocate time to take your Caucasian Ovcharka puppy out in each of these moments during a day, so that you can be a step ahead of him and praise him when he pees or poos outside. It is very useful to take him to the same spot so that an association will be made. Also, choosing fixed intervals for his meals is very helpful, establishing a rhythm and routine and making things easier.
In time, if you pay close attention to your dog, you will observe the specific gestures and body language it has when he or she is about to eliminate. Usually they start spinning around in finding for a safe place to poo, and when needing to pee in the beginning they might not exert too many signs except for the instantaneous squat posture. However, after some time goes by the pup already starts to announce you that they need to go out, so you will know exactly how to recognize their signals.
It is crucial for any owner to understand that housetraining a Caucasian Mountain dog and any dog in general will work best through positive reinforcement, which is praising and rewarding the achievements instead of punishing the wrongdoings.
Every time a dog goes to potty in the signaled place outside, it is essential for the owner to praise him, even give him or her a treat so that the pup makes the correct association.
For the times when your Caucasian puppy remains home alone, using a crate for his training is very effective. The crate is a replacement den and a place the dog feels safe, so you can make the crate as comfortable as possible and use small intervals in the beginning to keep him confined. When you cannot supervise your dog leave him in his crate and make sure you do it after he has gone out for his potty needs.
As time goes by and the dog starts developing a better retention reflex you can increase the crating time. A dog will not soil the place where he or she sleeps, so this way, providing clear spaces for each need you make sure the dog makes the correct associations.
Patience and understanding
All dogs, as children also, need time and patience so that they can learn and adapt to the lifestyle of their new family. It is also very important for every owner to know that for some months, especially until they are 1,5 years old, they will want to play and chew lots of things so they need patience, understanding and also all the resources we can provide.
When it comes to housetraining puppies, the results will be more efficient and at a faster pace if the owners manage to be consistent with the pup and to constantly point out the desired and undesired behaviors, with a healthy degree of understanding. Repetition, attention and consistency are key factors in any dog’s training.
Breeders send puppies to their new homes starting the age of eight weeks and up until they are eight months old. It is ideal to get a Caucasian Ovcharka pup in this age interval for better bonding and seeing him grow by your side. So if you decide to share your house with them, you should know that before they reach your home they live together in kennels and roam free in the garden. All the information covered in this article should be very useful to start up with the process of housebreaking a Caucasian shepherd puppy.
Best of luck!