House breaking or potty training older dogs can be a bit of a challenge. But where some like getting puppies for being so huggable and cute and all, others rather prefer an adult dog. An older dog usually has matured more and maybe makes for better companionship too. They may be a rescue dog or form a shelter and may need some extra TLC.
Since the common saying goes that you can’t teach new tricks to an old dog, some people hesitate getting and training an older dog, particularly when it comes to potty training. Good thing that this popular notion isn’t all true. Training an older dog to go potty is quite possible if you remember some important issues.
Here are tips to housebreaking older dogs
Dogs are more prone to learn something new rather than break an old habit. With this in mind, put your focus on getting your dog to actually go outside and do his business instead of doing his business inside. This new habit will eventually “replace” the old one.
What you want to do is choose a fixed location for your dog to go. This will be his permanent spot for doing his business. A small corner in the yard should suffice. By consistently doing this same routine it will stick in your dog’s memory and it will form a new habit. Your dog will speed up the learning process if it goes in the same spot over and over again. Try to let their stool linger for about a day or two before cleaning it. This is only necessary in the beginning to remind them where to go.
It’s easy to confuse your dog if you use different phrases when it’s time for him to go potty. So be sure to choose a phrase and stick to that same one. By using the same phrase time and time again it will become a command in your dog’s mind. This will ensure that your dog reacts by doing their business.
If your dog accidentally goes inside, as soon as possible, clean it all up extremely well. Dogs are equipped with a very keen sense of smell. This means that if your dog smells it’s urine or stool in the house, he can get confused into thinking that is their designated area. Use some type of deodorizer cleaning solution to get the smell completely out.
The area that your dog sleeps in should be kept as comfortably tight as you can possibly get it. Give your dog just enough room to sleep and turn around. Do not give him so much room that he can relieve himself in the corner if he wanted to. Because dogs don’t like to keep their stool and urine in their sleeping area this will aide you in potty training your adult dog. When morning comes, take your dog straight out to his area.
Do your best to not give your dog too much to eat or drink when it gets close to the evening. When potty training your adult dog this helps him to not have any midnight or early morning “surprises” waiting for you. If you drink too many fluids before bed you may have to pee in the middle of the night. The same goes for your dog. The best thing is to avoid feeding your dog late at night.