Housetraining an adult rescue dog is almost as easy-if not easier, than housetraining a puppy
Many adult rescue dogs come with none to little and imperfect housetraining skills, and even those who were potty trained in their previous home will still need a course to refresh their skills if they didn’t get regular walks at the shelter. However, there is good news, which is that it’s quite easy to teach an adult dog the new trick. As a matter of fact, adult dogs are faster and easier to housetrain than puppies, especially when you use a crate.
The key to housetraining the dog is to start the very first day you welcome him home. If you are patience and persistent and able to stick to the following routine, you will be able to housetrain an adult dog within one week, or maybe even less!
1- Take time off to housetrain the pooch properly
2- Start using the crate the day he gets home
3- Give him at least six bathroom breaks daily
4- Praise him and give him treats when he does a good job
5- Do NOT ever punish him for accidents, not even if you catch him in the act
Housetraining an adult dog
1- Take time off to properly housetrain your adult dog
Your dog needs someone to take him out for midday bathroom experts, and it’s recommended that this should be you. Take time off work when you first get the dog, and if this is really not easy, then you can hire a dog walker.
2- Use a crate, and start using it the day you welcome him home
Crate training is probably the easiest, fastest way to teach your dog how to control his bladder and bowl movement, dogs are not fans of soiling their sleeping and eating areas. Keep in mind when choosing a crate that it should be big enough for him to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfort, but it shouldn’t be any bigger than that. If the crate is too big for the dog, he can easily choose to eliminate in one corner as he will still have clean living space to sleep in. Keep the crate in a part of the house where you, and other family members, are there a lot so the dog doesn’t feel isolated.
Make sure the dog gets enough time outside the crate for exercise, training, and generally just being outside, hanging with you and building the bond. When a dog is kept in the crate for too long, he starts feeling trapped and frustrated.
If you are one of the people against using a crate and don’t consider it an option, then you should keep in mind that the case with adult dogs is different as you will only need to use t for as few as three days before the dog is fully housetrained, so it shouldn’t be a problem, really.