Housetraining Adult Dogs
How To Housetrain An Older Dog
Training an older dog is not much different than training a puppy, and in several ways, you may have a leg up (that's a pun) in a few key places.
Dog Marking & House Soiling
Dog marking and house soiling may smell the same, but they are two entirely different things. Learn the difference as well as how to treat and prevent both behaviors.
Litter boxes for dogs
Question: How can I train my dog to use a litter box? Answer: Litter boxes are a great option for apartment dwellers, those who are unable to walk their dogs (or who worry about leaving them unattended in the yard), or simply small-dog owners who prefer this neat, convenient method. Choose a litter box that […]
Incontinence in dogs
Helping your dog regain control
Dog behavior solutions: Housesoiling
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on how to handle a housetraining problem
Transitioning dog from crate training
Question: How do you know when your dog no longer needs her crate for housetraining? Answer: When you transition your dog from long stretches inside her crate to extended periods outside her crate, do so gradually. Many people make the mistake of immediately offering the dog free reign of the house–and then are surprised to […]
Make dog training fun?
Question: How do I get my dog to enjoy our training sessions? Answer: If you really think about it, training time is play time–training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog. Remember to keep your attitude light-hearted and consider this time together a part of the bonding experience. If your training […]
Accidents in housetrained dogs
Question: Why is my housetrained dog suddenly having accidents? Answer: When you notice a sudden change in your pet’s elimination habits, the first step is to visit your veterinarian. Problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to inappropriate urination or defecation (in other words, changes in where […]
Dog training and non-food rewards
Question: What can I use besides food as a training reward? Answer: The answer to this question is both easy and complicated–it really depends on your dog. An appropriate training reward is anything that your dog will work for in order to gain access to it, such as a chew toy, getting to go for […]
Teaching old dogs new tricks
Training adult and senior dogs
Question: Are crates necessary for housebreaking a puppy? Answer: The main purpose crate training serves is to limit your puppy’s space indoors when you can’t watch or supervise her. Some people find crates unappealing or feel they have a jail-like atmosphere, but dogs, by nature, are denning animals. The truth is that they usually take […]
Question: Do you recommend paper training? Answer: I prefer not to paper train puppies–taking them out regularly is a better option. But let’s be realistic. Many people work long hours and can’t always get home several times a day to take out their dog. Sometimes extenuating circumstances simply make it very difficult to make frequent […]
bathroom breaks for dogs?
How many times a day should I give my dog a bathroom break?
Clickers for housetraining?
Question: Can clicker training be used for housetraining? Answer: The key to potty training success is tripartite–management/supervision, scheduling, and reinforcement of appropriate toileting behaviors. Management may involve the use of gates, crates, tethers, or potty pads and should include careful supervision and prompt cleaning of all accidents with an enzymatic cleaning product created specifically for […]
Dog Stain and Odor Removers
There is a time in every dog owner's life that calls for having a good stain and odor remover on hand--think of housetraining a puppy, or living with your geriatric dog's mishaps, not to mention the irregular bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that occur in every dogs' lifetime.
Help your dog see it's already his territory
Dogs will instinctively eliminate away from the areas where they sleep or eat. This instinct, however, will not stop a dog from going in the house. There can be many reasons for this: A medical issue or certain medications may cause a dog to lose control. Puppies (and some adult dogs) lack the control and/or […]
Diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence
It's not just a consequence of age
Setting up your home for housetraining
To set your new dog or puppy up for a lifetime of good toilet habits, it's important to start housetraining right away--the very day she comes home.
Teaching your dog to alert you
The sound of a tinkling bell is much easier on the ears than barking, whining, or scratching on the door--plus, it's fairly simple to teach your dog to ring a bell when she needs to go out for a bathroom break and when she wants to come back in.