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House Training an Abused Dog

We just adopted an older, abused dog from the pound. He has only had 2 accidents in the house the last 5 days, but we are beginning to believe he wasn't properly housebroken to begin with. Any suggestions to help us train him?

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

You have to be very careful when he doesn't do what he is supposed to do, since he was abused. Even a harsh tone of voice will set him off. I would praise him lavishly when he does go, and crate him if he keeps having accidents. If he wants freedom in your home, he will change his ways.

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

Was he a house dog before or an outside dog? That information may be helpful for you to know, as well as how was he abused. You certainly would want to avoid certain things in scolding or correcting him if you knew if they were used to abuse him before. But, as Judy posted lots of praise when he does well.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for the advice! I literally no nothing about this pup other than he was abused. Since I posted this question, we have started trying the umbilical cord method, meaning he goes where ever we go and we make sure to praise him constantly and give him a small treat anytime he potties outside. Hopefully this helps!

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

Take him/her out often & praise when he/she goes in on older dog should be at least 4 times a day> if you go to work then buy a good size crate, put her in it while you are home, and praise her for being quiet, a treat wouldn't hurt, This will become her safe place, to go if there are guests, children if not accustomed to kids, having a crate is not cruel but her very own safe haven

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