House training your adult dog – 4 useful tips
Not every dog who is up for adoption is a puppy. People often decide to adopt an adult or even a senior dog. You might find it hard to believe, but many adult dogs are not house trained.
Maybe the dog has lived outdoors, in a shelter, or an enclosure. It’s possible that the dog was never potty trained or maybe never got a chance to live indoors.
House training your adult dog might be easier than potty training a puppy. So don’t worry. Here are 4 useful steps that you can follow, to make the process as easy as possible.
1) First steps
The key when house training your adult dog, is taking them out often. Adult dogs can go longer without “taking care of business” than puppies. However, taking them out every few hours (4-5 times a day) is very important.
Take them for a walk or just outside the house on an appropriate spot. Every time they are successful, make sure you reward them. You can use treats, play, or praise them.
Remember, the reward must follow right after the good deed is done, so the dog understands its importance.
2) Pay attention to any warning signs
Not all dogs will bark or scratch the door when they need to go outside. Some of them might become anxious or act differently than usual. Pay attention to the signs that your dog is showing you. Soon you will learn what are the warning signs, that your pup might want to go outside.
3) Act accordingly if accidents happen
If you catch them in the act (inside the house), immediately let them know this is wrong. Don’t yell or punish the dog. Aggressive behavior towards your dog might even make the problem worse.
However, you can use a stern voice, clap, or make a louder noise, to let them know what they did was wrong.
Right after, you might want to take the dog outside. There might be some business left to attend to. If they continue outside, reward them! That will help them make the connection.
Make sure you thoroughly clean any spots in the house where it happened. Otherwise, the perpetrator might return to the crime scene.
4) Have a schedule
Plan a schedule of the times that you can take the dog outside. Adjust it to your schedule and free time. If you don’t have enough free time, ask your friends and relatives to help. It’s very important to take the dog out often as you can. If you are at work for 8 hours, and the dog is left unattended, don’t expect him to hold it all day.
Dogs have a good sense of time and will remember when is the time to go out next.