This has been driving me crazy for a while. Why do people use the term house- "Breaking"?? I always make sure I use the term "Housetraining" and I correct anyone I hear who uses "Housebreaking".
Do you Potty-Break your child? No. You Potty Train them.
It is the same. You House TRAIN your dog. You are not breaking him (at least, I would hope your methods aren't such that you could use the word "break" with it).
HouseTraining is supposed to be fun. Most dogs I have come through pick this up within a week. Some take as much as three weeks. Why do people make it a big angry scary thing?
There was one dog I know who "couldn't be housebroken" (I have many stories like this, but you only get one per rant!!). One of the big time training facilities (PetSmart) told the owners that she couldn't be housebroken and recommended that she be euthanized. She was a shih tzu ... a puppy mill dog. I agreed; she couldn't be housebroken ... but that didn't mean she couldn't be housetrained. This was the dog that took three weeks to housetrain. Yes, she took longer than most I work with, but that doesn't mean she couldn't be trained! All dogs learn at different speeds.
Sometimes I am amazed that the one side of my head isn't flat from banging my head on the desk so often ...
Training your dog is fun. So are you making it into a chore??