Instructions for Housebreaking and Crate Training your dog using the Umbilical Method
One of the most important steps in housebreaking is keeping a close eye on your dog. It's important that your dog is never, ever out of your sight. The difficult dogs that I've seen have been the ones that were allowed to sneak off and pee and poop when no one was around, so the first step in housetraining the difficult dog is excellent management skills.
Housebreaking the difficult dog is a lot like keeping an eye on a small child. Just as you can't let a small child out of your site, the same is true with the difficult dog. Your dog is going to go everywhere with you in the house. This is done by attaching a leash to your dog's collar, and then attaching that leash to your belt or tying it around your waist.
Now your dog does not have the opportunity to have an accident with you physically right there to influence your dog's behavior. If your dog starts to have an accident, you can quickly interrupt your dog by stomping your foot very loudly, clapping your hands and then quickly taking your dog outside.
If you want to completely housetrain your dog, you need to understand that you have to influence your dog's behavior. If your dog successfully sneaks off and has an accident, there is no one there to influence the dog's behavior. If you tie your dog up or let him out in the yard by himself, there is no one there to influence his behavior.
Timing is the most important part of influencing a behavior. You have a split-second after the behavior has occurred to influence your dog. If your dog pees and you walk into the room 10 minutes after the behavior has occurred, it is too late to punish your dog.
With the leash attached to your dog, you'll be able to catch your dog in the act if she starts to have an accident. You'll also be able to go outside and reward your dog for going in the right place.
When you cannot be with your dog, your dog should be confined to a crate. By using a crate, your dog will not have the opportunity to make a mistake.