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Keep in mind that newly adopted adult dogs may be confused in new surroundings and unsure where to relieve themselves. And we are happy to report that Snickers has aced his house training and is enjoying his new home.
Dogs naturally want to avoid eliminating waste in their living quarters, but a dog that has not been trained, or has been incompletely trained, may have learned bad habits that must be broken. Be sure to let the vet know about any dietary or environmental changes your dog has recently experienced, including change of food, schedule, and the addition or removal of people or animals living in the home. Your vet can also help you isolate and begin treating any special behavioral problems that might be causing your dog's accidents, including a fear of the outdoors, separation anxiety, etc. Most healthy adult dogs only really need to go a few hours per day, but you want to take your dog out frequently at first to find out when those times are and avoid accidents. Once your figure out your dog's routine, you can schedule outings specifically around those times.
Don't restrict your dog's water intake if it is hot, or if your dog gets a lot of exercise. Punishing your dog for accidents is an ineffective approach to housetraining, and could cause the dog anxiety and make the situation worse instead of better. If you have a secure yard, think about installing a doggie door so your dog can let herself out.
Hire a dog walker, or make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to come over and give your dog mid-day relief breaks. Use doggie diapers or a similar sanitary product on your dog at times when you can't be there. Provide piddle pads in a set location for your dog to use if she cannot wait until you get home. This version of How to House Train an Older Dog was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on July 11, 2015. If your dog has had accidents in the house, clean those spots thoroughly by using protein enzymatic cleaners made specifically for pet urine and feces. If your dog is having many accidents or seems to have to go frequently, it may signal a medical condition that warrants a complete physical exam by a veterinarian. Fortunately, housetraining an older dog can be achieved fairly quickly if you are patient and persistent with your approach. If you have recently adopted or purchased the dog, call the source and find out as much as you can about the dog's previous habits and upbringing.
If your dog was house-trained and has just recently begun urinating or defecating in the house, or if it is a new dog that seems to have some bad habits, it is important to see your vet and rule out any medical problems before attempting a behavioral intervention.


Figuring out where the dog is doing its business and when can help you isolate problem situations and avoid them in the future. Many experts recommend taking several days off work to establish a consistent routine and housetrain your dog in one go. Even if the dog was already partially housetrained, and you were accustomed to just letting her out, it is important for the retraining process that you actually take her to the desired location, and make sure that she is using it. Take your dog outside frequently, beginning when the dog first wakes up, and then every two hours at first. If your dog is peeing indoors at night, the problem might be too much water before bedtime. If your dog is having accidents when you are not around, the best approach might be to crate train her or confine her to a small room when you must be away. You may be able to reduce the frequency of your trips outside, but the ritual of escorting your dog to the elimination site, instructing her to go, and rewarding her when she does so successfully, should be continued for at least two weeks to cement the behavior. Older dogs often just can't hold their waste as long, regardless of how well they are trained, and you may need to make accommodations to help your dog avoid accidents. If you are having trouble identifying why your dog is still eliminating in the house, a consultation with a pet behavior specialist can be extremely helpful for diagnosing and treating the problem. If you suspect that your dog is eliminating in the house due to anxiety or unpreventable stress, ask your vet if anxiety medication might be right for your dog. But be patient and watchful, and you can be successful in house training your new adult dog. Instead, he needs restricted access to certain areas of the house where he can be watched and supervised. Use this time to teach your dog his new name (if you changed his name), connect with him by talking to him and by praising him, and identify the signals that he needs to eliminate so you can usher him outside.
During the day, try not to allow him to remain in the crate for more than four hours at a time. Follow the label instructions and clean completely to prevent your dog from house soiling on the spot again.
Feed your dog the amount and type of food recommended for her age and weight at regular intervals throughout the day. Check with your veterinarian to see if putting the water dish away a few hours before bedtime will be helpful. If a week of consistent elimination training fails to help you and your dog, it is time to consider other solutions.
Let your dog out more often when you're home, and pay attention to cues that she needs to go.


I have attempted to crate train as I did with my other dog before her, but it is not working.
It is also helpful to know if the dog was confined for long periods of time in a particular environment (exclusively outdoors, on a concrete floor at a shelter, in a kennel, etc.) as this can cause surface preferences that you may need to overcome.
Older dogs with subclinical kidney disease (in the very early stages) can deteriorate rapidly if water is withheld.
I know she can hold it because I crate her all night while we sleep and I also know she knows it is wrong to poop and pee in the house.
I've tried everything, the bell on the door, the doors closed, her attached to me, but to no avail, she will be great all day and then when not attached to me and not crated she eventually goes somewhere in my house and I'm so done! Last night I took her out before I went to bed and not even an hour later I heard her urinating in her cage. Enzymatic cleaners will take the smell out and I would take up the water a couple or hours before bedtime or only offer a small amount.
I am wondering if it is to late now, because he thinks doing his business in the house is normal I guess. We just put all new flooring throughout our house and my husband and I are both simply fed up.
Here's the story: I've had my miniature Dachshund Hendrix since he was around 6 months old.
We lived in a house with a garden when we got him, and he was outside with our other dog (fully house trained) when we were at work.
Once our other dog escaped from the garden (we got her back right away though thankfully!) and we decided to keep them inside when we weren't home. He and my other dog have a limited space, not the whole house, they have a Kong each, chews, their beds, and toys - and each other - so I don't know if he's just bored or has separation anxiety, but I really need to sort this problem out. The same couple has done it now twice - they love the dogs and the dogs love them, but the accidents drive everyone a bit nuts.
We're traveling again in December so I'd love to have him properly house-trained by then if possible so we don't wear out our lovely friends.
It's hard to find people who get on with the dogs so well and that we can trust when we're out of town!
He said that Jumba (the dog) has been doing this for months now even before we were together.



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