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House Training Troubles

What to do when your dog just isn’t getting it.

I’ve seen a lot of comments recently on our other post How to Potty Train A Dog with people still having trouble so I’m going to comment on those here.


If your dog is all of a sudden having more trouble or seems to go little bits frequently, its time for a quick sample to be taken to the vet. Just use some tongs and a dixie cup or throw away container of some kind or take your dog to the vet and let them catch it for you. Often times bacterial infections can cause this problem which is common in puppies and small dogs because of their closeness to the ground.

If your dog has been cleared of an infection, but you aren’t seeing progress, the following steps need to be taken.

1) Make sure you are keeping track. If your puppy is having accidents still its important to quantify how many times they are having accidents and when they are occurring. If there is a pattern that will help you in your training to be proactive rather than reactive. Or maybe the puppy isn’t having as many accidents as you think.

2) Is the puppy having accidents when you aren’t around? If so then quit letting your puppy or dog roam. Use baby gates, dividers, crates, leashes tethered to you, whatever will help keep your puppy from leaving where you are. Also watch for those tell-tale signs, pacing, sniffing, circling, jumping up from a down position and going somewhere new.

3) Reward the puppy or dog for going outside. It can be easy as a tummy rub or a little treat, but try to make it worth their while!

Dont punish the dog, they just aren’t getting it yet

Now keep in mind, small dogs take longer to learn this process and certain breeds are harder than others. It probably has to do with the size of their bladders and the amount of control they actually have. Over the years I have noticed certain temperaments of dogs get it easier than others. If you have a dog that came from a puppy mill type situation, I would call a local dog trainer to come and give you advice on your house training troubles.

Stay patient, keep at it, keep taking notes, it will get better.

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