Many adult dogs adopted from The NOAH Center were previously housetrained in their former homes. However, while at a shelter and throughout the transitions in their lives, they may not have had the consistency or opportunities to maintain the appropriate potty habits. In addition, once in their new home scents and odors from other pets in the home may stimulate urine marking behaviors.
Always assume that your new dog/puppy isn’t housetrained and start the housetraining process from scratch. This includes:
· Establish a consistent routine for potty breaks
· Supervise your dog and do not give them an opportunity to soil in the house.
· When crate training, make sure the crate is small enough they will not be encouraged to go potty in their crate.
· Make sure to take out frequently and give ample opportunity for bathroom breaks.
· When they do use the bathroom appropriately make sure to reward them with treats and a lot of praise!
All dogs/puppies have accidents in the home! It’s normal! If you catch your dog/puppy eliminating in the house interrupt the behavior and take them to where you want them to potty and give them treats/praise for eliminating in the correct spot. Scolding your dog/puppy for an accident will only make your dog afraid of you or afraid to eliminate in your presence. Animals do not understand punishment after the fact, even if it’s only a few seconds later!
Clean any soiled areas immediately and thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the smells.
If your pet is having continued or sudden inappropriate elimination, it may not be behavioral-based. It may actually be a medical concern such as a urinary tract infection and you should make a veterinary appointment as soon as possible.