November 2, 2012 | 3 Comments
Note: This post is part of A Sizzling Winter Blog Hop. Thirty bloggers have gotten together, courtesy of author Lori Verni-Fogarsi, to bring you their reviews of two of Lori’s books “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Dogs!” and “Momnesia.” (If you missed my review of “Momnesia” this summer click here.) As part of the blog hop we are not only reviewing Lori’s books, but we are also offering giveaways on our own sites, and individual clues that you can enter here to be entered in the grand-prize giveaway — $100 Amazon Cash. So read on to learn about my experience with Lori’s puppy and dog house training guide-book and see how you can be entered to win a $15 gift certificate to Doctors Foster and Smith so you can get your favorite pet something nice for the holidays.
As if life wasn’t crazy enough at the Seuss household we added another family member to the mix — a yellow lab puppy named Titan. We couldn’t resist. The Seusses love their dogs and they love their labs. And though Murphy, our Mississippi lab mix rescue is much-loved, Thing 1 thought he needed a friend.
Enter Titan … and author Lori Verni-Fogarsi.
As I said above, the Seusses are a dog family. We’ve had dogs, house broken dogs, and trained some dogs better than others. So when I was offered the opportunity to review Lori’s dog training book, I was interested to see how our training differed from my writer/blogger friend and Master Dog Trainer’s training methods as laid out in her book “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Dogs!”
The approximately 100-page guide provides a blueprint for housebreaking your dog/puppy in 30 days or less, among other dog training tips. From an overview of how dogs think and the pros and cons of crate training (definitely more pros than cons) to basic training, the importance of keeping a schedule and a section regarding possible problems, solutions and a list of recommended clean up items (Nature’s Miracle Odor Neutralizer rocks), Lori’s book covers it all. The book even includes a housebreaking chart (which I’ve never used before but would absolutely recommend to others) for readers to use to help figure out patterns surrounding their dog or puppy’s bathroom schedule. The chart includes places to track feeding/watering times, walking times, whether they urinated or defecated outside and information about the how, when and wheres of why your dog had an accident, which is a great tool to figuring out your dogs bathroom habits and aids in making housebreaking easier.
Many of the topics in the book were not new to me. I knew about the benefits of crate training, we had crate trained all of our dogs in the past, and designating a bathroom zone outdoors has also been done with all of our dogs. But having a step by step guide via Lori’s book gave myself, my husband and my children direction and a more structured approach to housebreaking Titan. When he had an accident, we knew it was because WE had dropped the ball and hadn’t followed his schedule. When he was having issues urinating in his crate, with the suggestions from the book, we realized we had to put a divider in the crate and make Titan’s crate area smaller. And when we first brought Titan home and he could not settle in his crate, the book, Lori herself and her website FreeDogTrainingInfo.com helped us “diagnose” and alleviate Titan’s separation anxiety disorder. Yes, the former therapist had to do some doggy therapy.
So how is it going three weeks into this dog training experiment a la Lori Verni-Fogarsi? Well, thanks to the book and Murphy, Titan rings a bell to go outside and “do his business.” He knows exactly where the designated area is, though if we don’t remind him to head out there with a “in the field” prompt, he gets lazy and wants to squat before he gets there. Of course, there are still a few accidents (most as the result of the people in Titan’s lives not following his schedule), but he’s only 10 weeks old so I think that is expected. All in all, life with another puppy has been fun at the Seuss’ and I truly believe “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Dogs!” had a great deal to do with that. If you have a puppy, are getting a puppy or have an older dog with bathroom issues, I recommend you check out this book. It’s a life saver.
So thank you Lori for your book and all your help via the website FreeDogTrainingInfo.com and our Facebook chats! Titan is well on his way to being completely housebroken which makes life at the Seuss house so much easier. Now on to teaching him not to woof down his food and to be gentle when taking treats out of our hands. But such is life with a puppy!
** Now on to MY GIVEAWAY. It’s easy. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a $15 gift card to the pet supply company Doctors Foster and Smith. The more tasks you perform the more chances you have of winning. You have until Dec. 15, 11:59 EST, to enter. A winner will be announced on Dec. 16. After you’ve entered head on over to the Main Giveaway Page here, and enter MY TREASURE HUNT CLUE: FOLLOWYOURDREAMS and you will be entered to win $100 Amazon Cash. Then link to the other sites, read their reviews, enter their giveaway and then find their clue for another chance to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.
Have Fun! Good Luck … “And may the odds be ever in your favor.”