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House Training a Neglected Adult Dog

I have just been bought a Dachshund; she is 2 years old and has been in a cage for most of her life. She is quite timid, but is getting better. But she will not go to the toilet outside. I take her out every morning for a walk and evenings after her food, but she will not go to the toilet. Then as soon as I fetch her home she runs upstairs and wees and poos on my bedroom carpet. How can I train her? I have only had her for 2 days and need to stop this.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

I wish you could train her in just two days but you might consider that this is a pretty unrealistic goal.

Crate training is one of the most effective and humane methods for training a dog, and it is applicable at any age: "Crate training takes advantage of your dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is their homea place to sleep, hide from danger and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, where they can find comfort and solitude while you know theyre safe and secure (and not shredding your house while you're out running errands)."

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However, since this dog's trauma has to do with hgaving been TOO MUCH in a crate, you might consider how to train her WITHOUT A CRATE: "You can housebreak a puppy without using a crate. Simply establish a feeding and potty-break schedule to teach your puppy a routine, and give him hearty praise every time he does his business in the right spot. Some dogs take longer than others to housebreak, so remain patient"

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