House Training Dogs - Tips for Successfully Training a Puppy or an Adult Dog

Regression May Occur

When house training dogs or puppies, regressions may occur during teething or if your best friend is ill. If accidents persist, take your dog to a veterinarian for a check-up. There may be a medical reason. There are other reasons as well; improper training, marking territory and dogs will sometimes urinate when excited, intimidated, anxious or upset.

Housebreaking a Puppy or Dog - Summary


  • Consistency - establish a routine for both feeding and taking out.
  • Use repetitive command phrases or words.
  • Use praise and reward for doing the right thing.
  • When housebreaking dogs, use the same door each time you take your pet out.
  • Go to the same spot each time.
  • Confinement - if you are busy, confine your dog, it will build bladder and bowel control.
  • Cleaning - choose a good dog urine odor and stain remover to clean up accidents.


    • If an accident occurs do not punish or rub your dog's nose in it.
    • Do not leave your untrained puppy unattended; the key to remember is that when your dog is not confined, supervision is necessary.

    Housebreaking Adult Dogs

    We usually associate house training with puppies; however; sometimes it is an adult dog that you bring into your home, possibly from a rescue shelter. House training dogs is usually an easier and faster process if they are older. Do not assume that because your new friend has been housebroken that you do not need to revisit dog toilet training. It is a new dog sitting environment for your best buddy so the same process is applicable. Adult dogs have better control over their bladders so they will not have to be taken out as often. If your dog has had a bad experience, you will have to be patient; it will probably take time to win his confidence and trust.

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