Easily Housetrain Your Adult Dog
you have an adult dog who has never been housetrained, or is just stubbornly using the indoors as an outhouse, you
can easily correct this dog behaviour.
You may not know your dog’s
history, especially if she was adopted or rescued from a dog shelter. As a result, you may be dealing with an adult
dog who lived outside, was never housetrained at all, was insufficiently housetrained or even incorrectly
Your adult dog may be dealing
with some behaviors that have been reinforced through time and experience, so the most important thing to keep in
mind is that you must be patient with your dog.
You should keep an “eagle eye” on your dog and observe her actions when she is in the house. Does
she head off to a specific room or corner prior to relieving herself?
If so, you’ll want take her
outside whenever she makes a move toward her "indoor outhouse."
Once outside, give her time to take care of doggy business. When she is done, give her a small treat and say “Good
Dog !”. Your adult dog will start to associate going outdoors to relieve herself with getting a
This technique has worked for
us with multiple dogs. It does take time, several weeks to a few months of
constant repetition, but your adult dog will catch
Once she is conditioned to go
outside to relieve herself, you will have conquered the task of housetraining your adult
Here’s a few tips to help you easily housetrain
your adult dog. Need help to potty train your dog?
- Keep your adult dog under supervision indoors
until housetraining is accomplished. You may want her to prevent her from access to
some rooms such as the laundry room, bath rooms, bedrooms or other places
where she can cause a little doggy havoc.
- Don’t give her food and water late in the evening.
If she needs to relieve herself during the night she may do so while you are dreaming of happy days at
the dog park. You want to be alert to her needs to go outside during the housetraining
- Look for ways that your adult dog
communicates when she needs to go outside. One of my dogs will
tap my foot with her paw. Another will sit by the door. Each adult dog has her or his special way
of “talking to you”. Listen to your do when she talks. Her housetraining will progress at a much faster
- When you go outside, take your dog to the same
area each time. Your adult dog will start to associate that place as the designated doggy
bathroom. She’ll become conditioned to using it and this will make your time outside for this
activity short and productive.
- When you take your adult dog outside, give her a
verbal cue to complete her task. We say “ Hurry Up” in an upbeat and happy voice every time we
take our dogs out. They get the tone of your message and it will become part of the conditioning process
that tells them what you want them to do.
- Housetraining an adult dog is not as hard as some
folks believe. It simply takes some time and
patience. The rewards are certainly worth it, both for your and your adult
- Never physically abuse or punish your adult dog or
any dog. This is inhumane and counterproductive. Your dog will not understand what is happening as the
event that provoked the punishment is already a past event for
her. It is not on her mind and she can not relate to
your anger. As a consequence, the unwanted housetraining challenge will get worse. So stay calm and show
your adult dog love, patience and proper training. You and your adult dog will both be happier in the
long run !
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