House Training an Adult Dog

By Valdette Muller| December 20, 2016 | Blog


Many adult adopted or rescue dogs may not need to be housetrained at all or may just simply need a refresher course to get back into the swing of things.

Adult dogs have a greater attention span and are easier and faster to train than puppies.

By sticking to a routine it’s possible to house train an adult dog within a week or so.

It’s important to start training on the first day your dog comes home. It does however; require time and a lot of patience.

How quick your dog learns will also depend on their age and if your dog was ill-treated in the past.

It’s very important

  • To feed your dog at the same time every day whenever possible and take the bowl away in-between meals. This will prevent your dog from always having food in its digestive system.
  • Give your dog scheduled, consistent times to be let out, a minimum of six times a day. These times should include when you first wake up and before bedtime.
  • Try to take your dog to the same place or area each time as smelling their own scent will encourage them to go to the toilet.
  • Avoid playing games or doing a lot of talking during this time as it will just distract your dog from the purpose at hand!
  • If your dog looks confused and wants to go back inside, walk around with your dog slowly and patiently and encourage them to move with you.
  • Stay outside until they have done their business and always give praise and maybe give a treat.
  • Always reward good behaviour.

If they still haven’t gone to the toilet after 5 minutes or so, go back inside and repeat this process every twenty minutes until a result is achieved.

Be patient and persistent and your dog will soon learn this new routine.

Between trips to the garden keep a close eye on your dog especially in the early training days.

Watch for the typical signs that your dog needs to go to the toilet such as looking restless, sniffing the floor or walking in a circle.

If you catch them in the act, clap to startle them out of what they are doing and take them outside straight away.


  • Do not punish your dog for any accidents you may discover later.
  • Do not Lose your temper, shouting and hitting may cause your dog to become anxious and this may cause even more indoor accidents.
  • Clean the area with a product that contain enzymes and avoid ammonia based cleaners as they smell like urine to your dog. Unfortunately most dogs will continue to go where they have gone before so ensure all the smell has gone from the soiled area.

For the first few weeks go with your dog to the garden and continue to praise good behaviour. Your dog will soon show signs that they need to go outside such as going to the door, once this happens you can relax your supervision.


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