If your dog is not completely housetrained yet, do not feel bad, there are still things you can do to prevent your dog from using the bathroom all over the house. Read on to learn how to toilet train your adult dog right from this post!
Just because your dog is getting older doesn’t mean he has to be completely trustworthy (just because he is becoming more mature). A dog who is getting older aren’t as energetic as he is at a younger age, so he can end up having the same type of accidents that he was making as a younger dog.
You should put your dog in a safe place if you are gone. For example, keep your pooch in a bedroom (place a potty pad in the designated spot) where he won’t be able to have accidents if you were gone for a long time. If you want your dog to use the bathroom, then just restrict his access to just the bathroom. This will keep him from having any accidents.
As a result, your dog doesn’t have to struggle with trying to find a place to use the bathroom, and you don’t have to spend time cleaning the mess he would cause if he were to do his potty in an inappropriate place.
Put a puppy pad in a spot that is the same as where he has an accident before or as soon as it happens. You want to show him the pad and let him go to the pad. When he uses the pad, praise and reward him.
When you see him showing signs of potty needs such as whining, sniffing around or begin to circle on the spot, place the pad in the designated potty spot again and instruct him to go there to relieve himself. Do this until your dog understands the system. House breaking success is reached when he goes to the pad on his own.
Another approach is to place newspaper on the spot wherever there is an accident. Your dog will eventually go to that spot to relieve himself as his urine scent will bring him back to the spot.
When house breaking an older dog, you can move the newspaper to wherever you want him to go. As he starts to understand the game, you can move the newspaper toward the door and eventually outside for his potty.
You should also start with choosing the right spot in your yard for establishing the routine. Backyard is likely to be the favorite place for your dog and he will soon learn that potty time is also the time to get out of the house and go for a walk in the yard. It also give him the clues that he can’t mess in the house overnight.
Also take your dog outside to the potty spot on a regular schedule each day. Keep the potty experience positive and reward your dog for going to the right spot. Don’t be stingy with your praise and rewards!
The other thing you’ll need to do is deciding the command – “get busy”, “go poop” or “do your business” for going potty. This needs to be done in consistent. Your dog will eventually learn the command and respond to it. You’ll need to use it with the same frequency as all other words. That way, your dog will learn to associate it with his potty action.
Give your dog plenty of attention and play. He will probably wish to visit the toilet again soon. When he does, reward him with plenty of praise and play. If you have to leave him outside the whole day, keep him occupied with a hard rubber toy to keep him occupied.
Using a crate is another great way to house break your adult dog. Since most dogs are den animals, they want a space of their own. A crate serves this perfectly. This is a place where they can hide when they are scared, hungry or tired.
Your dog will not want to mess with his den. The crate should be just big enough for him to stand up and turn around. Any larger will be too overwhelming because he can do his “business” on one corner of the crate. Your dog will learn to hold his bladder once he is crate trained. . Keep the crate clean and make sure it has toys and bedding and you are well on your way to a house trained dog.
While age can sometimes be a factor in housetraining, it doesn’t mean you can’t help your aging adult dog gets through the house training. All dogs are different, and if you try the above methods, you can make sure your dog doesn’t fall through the cracks.
One crucial step is not to punish your dog when he goes wrong, and reward him when he goes right. This is what makes the most difference in how fast he learns.
So do not let your dog’s age deters you from conducting the training. He can be housetrained successfully if you make some effort!
Toilet training an adult dog is not without challenges but if you use the correct steps, you can greatly improve the success rate. Patience and perseverance are the keys to your success.