House Training an Adult Dogoogly

House training an adult dog takes time and patienceNot every dog knows that toileting indoors is unacceptable, but house training an adult dog doesn’t have to be a headache with these tips from The Upward Dog.


How Often?

The million-dollar question!

Be ready to take your dog to the garden after every one of his activities: eating, drinking, sleeping, and playing. Also, take him out as soon as you get back from being away from him, first thing in the morning, and last thing in the evening.

Ideally, you should be taking him into the ‘elimination zone’ (aka the garden!) around every twenty to thirty minutes, unless he’s sleeping.



No Success? Try Again 

If the dog doesn’t toilet while you’re outside for several minutes, go back indoors and keep him with you (or put him in his crate), and take him out again in ten minutes. This level of consistency is what teaches dogs quickly, and prevents any ‘accidents’. 



Praising for Peeing

If your dog toilets where you want him to, praise him, congratulate him, make him feel like he’s done the best thing ever! The happier you seem, the more likely he will be to want to repeat this by doing the same in future.



Don’t Try It

Many methods for house training an adult dog have been suggested over the years, but often they just prolong the inevitable plan outlined above.

  • Newspaper – the dog continues to toilet indoors, on something that is placed on the floor. Be ready for wet rugs, and a dog that carries on refusing to toilet outside.
  • Dog doors – these are useful, but they don’t teach the dog where to toilet, just that, if he wants to, he can get into the garden. Be ready for a dog who convinces you he’s house trained, until you visit a friend’s house, where they don’t have a dog door.
  • Rubbing the dog’s nose in his ‘accident’ – this teaches him nothing, makes him fear you, and he believes he’s being told off not for where he has peed, but for peeing in the first place. Be ready for a dog that takes himself off somewhere secret to toilet, where you won’t find it until you stand in it at 2am.


Accidents Happen

If your dog has a mishap, it’s not the end of the world, your hard work isn’t wasted, and he will get back on track. The worst thing you can do is scold your dog, or punish him: he hasn’t arrived with you knowing what to do, so the buck stops with you, unfortunately!

Ignore accidents, and clean up when the dog isn’t watching: if he senses you’re angry, in future he will toilet in secret; and if he is standing by, while you clean up, the presence of floaty rolls of kitchen roll might prove a game to him.

Keep consistent, mop up, and carry on!