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House Training a Dog

I want to know how I can break my dog from going in the house. I take her outside and walk her and she will not go. As soon as I bring her inside she uses the bathroom. Help.


By cdiane from Atlanta, GA


House Training a Dog

Does your dog go in the same place every time? If so, there's odor in the area that isn't removed and the dog goes to that place. Use an enzyme activated cleaning agent to remove odor.

Also, take the dog out on a scheduled time everyday and to the same place. If you have potty pads to lay on the floor in your home, you might be successful at getting the dog to use it and then carry it each time outdoors to the spot where you want the dog to go until the dog is house trained. Could be your dog is head strong and that will require more time and patience, but remain consistent.

My daughter's chihuahua is potty pad trained and she has helped to get my own dogs to use the potty pad even though they are taken outdoors too. Good Luck. (06/23/2009)

By Lorelei

House Training a Dog

Here is what I would try:

First I would pick a place to go and then make it stand out by putting a little bit of the dog's stool there. I would mark the word "outside" with a treat about 100 times. See leerburg.com for marker training info. This simply means a fun time and a chance to start to be educated. The dog is confused and nervous and unsure what to do.

Take a hot dog and cut it into a lot of small bits. I would say it would make about 25 or 30. Calmly go to the door and open it. Say "Outside" and smile at the dog, while staying calm. You do not move, it is the dog's job to move. Lean against the door frame and look relaxed.

Move your hand with a treat piece in it outside the step of the door. If the dog follows, say 'Yes" not too excitedly. One second after throw a treat at the dog. Call him back in. Repeat this again. It is important that the treat not be given as the dog is going outside, but one second after going outside.
Keep doing this, as many times as you have pieces of that one hot dog.

After about two or three days of 30 repetitions each of the game "outside with hot dogs". You are ready to start shaping his behavior when you see him going on the floor. Now is the time to say "Outside" in a firm, confident and hurried voice, jump into going outside. Have some dried treats about you or in your pocket for this. (cut up jerky dog treats or something that won't really spoil). Little pieces.


Run towards the door like it is a happy thing you are doing. Go to the spot where you will have him go. Calmly drop a treat when he is there. Start slowly wondering around the area in a relaxed manner and looking at the grass, eventually he will go and it is your job to catch him at it. After he has finished going say "Yes" and drop a little piece of treat. Praise, praise, praise, and pat and make a whole party out of pooping and peeing, clap your hands, etc.

After a while this should help the dear become a little less confused. When you can't catch him sniffing around the rugs or floor as every dog will do before going, then be kind and crate him so he can't make any mistakes.

All dogs throw a fit about a crate. Cover it up and put in earplugs and take him out every so often, you just don't want to leave him in there forever. The best way to house train is to set aside a day to watch for sniffing and squats that way you can act right before and teach more effectively.

Good luck, have fun, mark that good behavior.

Robyn (06/24/2009)

By Robyn Fed

House Training a Dog

Also, a dog needs to go out immediately after sleeping, eating, playing, running around the house or drinking. This maximizes the chance you will catch the dear girl doing her business then you can mark one second after with "yes" and a treat of cut up into little pieces, dog bacon like treat. Sorry for using the wrong pronoun for your girl. I don't know why I always call all our animals "He" either. My husband says I am going to give all of them a complex. (06/24/2009)

By Robyn Fed

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