Post # 1
Hi ladies- has anyone house-trained an adult dog before? Our girl Rosy is a new addition to the family. She’s between 1 and 2 years old and probably lived in a kennel outside before we got her. She is crate-trained and doesn’t have accidents in there, but will wander off and piddle in a corner. She goes out with our other dog, but we don’t know what her ‘signal’ that she needs to go out is and she doesn’t know to scratch the backdoor like our other dog.
Any advice for me?
Post # 3
The only advice I would give is to almost treat her like a puppy. Puppies need to go out like every hour, so make a habit of just taking her out ALL THE TIME. After she eats, after she sleeps, after she plays….and watch her like a hawk. she will eventually connect OUTSIDE=PEEING.
It’s hard because you really shouldn’t yell at a dog AFTER they’ve “gone” in the house. You can fuss at them WHILE they are going but after they’re done, they have no idea why they are being yelled at.
Post # 4
Positive reinforcement works so much better than punishment! I second taking her out at regular intervals more often than you think you need to at first and praise praise praise when she does something positive, like going to the bathroom outside or scratching at the door.
Post # 5
We did this with our dogs. They were puppy mill rescues. We went from taking them out practically every hour to every two hours, etc, until we got into our regular schedule. They were bad at first but eventually learned our schedule. Still, whenever we change our schedules up they have a hard time but we learned their strengths (holding it if they have to) weaknesses (more likely to “go” if they have free reighn so we limited their area) and problem areas (breaking into our room or the spare bedroom to sniff EVERYTHING and pee or poo on something) and found ways to work with them.
Post # 6
Our Petsmart trainer told us to associate a command with peeing and pooing, so the dog knows when (and where!) to go. So before you go outside you say “Potty!” then take them outside on a leash. Once they are in the designated area, say again “Potty!” When they start to pee, say “Good potty!” When they are done, say again “Good potty!” Then take them back inside and as you cross the threshold, repeat “Good potty!” Repeat on million times (or as often as you take the dog out, which should be more frequent at first, then occur less frequently). You should start by taking them out:
- When they wake up
- After they eat breakfast
- Right before you leave for work/school
- Immediately when you come home
- After they eat dinner
- Before bedtime
- After strenuous play or exercise
This technique is incredibly effective, I can now actually order my dog to pee, even if he doesn’t have to go. He knows both “Potty” and “Business.” (We differentiated where we want him to poo and pee.) It’s a great technique! If you’re still having problems, go into your local Petsmart and ask a trainer there for tips!
Post # 7
I agree @mightysapphire. My dog knows “go potty” and “go poopy”…. which is funny cuz I know when he HAS to poop but won’t, so I have to tell him over and over… he’s so funny. And when I try to get him to eat, I point to the bowl and say “right here” — he’s weird, won’t eat otherwise… unless I sprinkle cheese or something on there which I can’t do every time so I just came up with the command to get him to eat.