Common Client Complaints – By Ben Kersen (written by Nancy Noden)
A common complaint that we hear from future clients of Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs is difficulty in teaching a puppy or young dog to be housebroken.
Ben Kersen’s approach is one of prevention, make sure that your dog does not have the opportunity to do it’s business in the house. Ben says “If you are holding your puppy in your arms, very few will have an accident in this situation”. If you are using a crate with your dog, put them in the crate if you are unable to watch them. Another safe situation is to put the dog outside in a secure fenced yard as ideally this is where you want them to go.
Clients will often forget to watch their puppy when they are inside and this is when the accidents happen, the pup will go off into a corner of the house and do it’s business. Instead, Ben recommends watching your puppy like a hawk and taking it outside frequently. Don’t forget the importance too of praising it immediately when it does it for going in the correct area.
Ben has had great success using this method with his own Wonderdogs to the point that one of his dogs, Shiloh, never had an accident in the house in her many years in the Kersen household.
Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
I am really enjoying your blog on Client Complaints, your tips on housebreaking are especially helpful for new dog owners or those considering getting a puppy or young dog. Dog training is so important for new owners and we are lucky to have resources in Victoria like Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs:) Wish I had a few of these tips when I was training my pup. Looking forward to future posts, thanks Ben, keep it up!
Thanks for the feedback! 🙂
Hi Ben and Nancy. Thanks for this helpful post. I don’t think anyone would complain if their new puppy never had an accident. You make it seem simple and straight forward. Thank you!!
Glad to hear it.
I love the idea of preventative medicine. I don’t like to discipline my dog, so I think this approach will be a real boon in my house ! Thank you Ben. PS I live in Victoria too.
Hi Ben, do you think that it is wise to make an area for new puppies to stay with papers down? Will they complain? I live in Victoria. Thanks and I love your dog training videos !
HI Ben, I was curious if you have thoughts about how much crate time my new puppy should have. Meaning is there too much crate time? Will he start to complain if left for more than an hour for example? Thank you for all your tips on this Blog !
House training is often a tough proposition. I think your training method of praise and play works wonders for our furry friends ! PS. I love Victoria ! Such a beautiful city. I dont think anyone could complain about these tips. Thank you Nancy and Ben!
Ben, I appreciate your wife’s insights. Your dog training tips are very helpful. I live in Victoria and I have used your advice many times to help people I know who have dogs! Thank you