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November 23, 2012

Ask Dog Lady: Couple treat their Lab like their child

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A: Readers, please be patient. Read the entire above letter as it zigs and zags about potty-training the Shih Tzus. If you make it through the whole question, you will have a sense of how not to potty-train dogs in general. The questioner has tried a little of this, a little of that, and has even thrown in some bells and leashes. No wonder these adorable muffin hounds continue to go on the carpet. You would go on the carpet, too, if you were confused about the location of the toilet. These dogs have not been properly trained.

OK, go back to page one in the training manual. Keep the dogs in their crate and let them out only to do their business. When they go outdoors, reward them liberally and praise them to the heavens. Do this again, and again, and again, and again. ... Get it? Make sure they do not soil indoors before expecting them to enjoy the run of the house and ring bells when they have to go outside.

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