Housebreaking, Housetraining, Crate Training, Common Sense

Initially housebreaking your new puppy is pretty much straight forward, as long as your puppy has enough room. What we’re going to talk about here is the adolescent or young adult dog that still finds out of the way places in your home to do his business. A dog that we know is reasonably housebroken and still finds places to go, will drive us fuken crazy.

But why does our dog do this, we will often think our dog is being spiteful, disobedient, angry at us, defiant, evil or worse yet stupid. If we are thinking along these lines, the only one that is stupid here is us. We have a tendency to over analyze the simple, making a mountain out if a mole hill.

Our dog will find out of the way places to go to the bathroom in our home because they are, well, out of the way. Did you get that, or did I confuse you some more ? We know, that our entire house is our home, our dog does not know that. A dog will often relieve himself in parts of our house that he is rarely in. To him, the pacts territory or living space is were he spends most of his time with his human family.

So if you have one of these dogs that likes to go in the basement, laundry room or some other place in your home. Start closing the doors to those other areas or take him outside a little more often.

The Spirit Dog

Additional Resources

Crate Training Housebreaking Myth
Puppy Care, Housebreaking, Training

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2 Responses

  1. Hello Vanessa

    A lot can change in our lives in thirteen years. One of the big changes is additional responsibilities such as kids, new jobs and so forth.

    The problem your running into is she has free roam. Now, you can continue to let her roam free and the housebreaking will take some additional time to accomplish.

    Or you can read these articles and speed up the process.

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/housebreaking-puppy-training-the-new-logical-approach/

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/07/14/dog-housebreaking-housebreaking-todays-rules/

    Good luck, and if you need some more help after reading those articles, get back in touch with me.

  2. We just adopted an older puppy (10 months) from a shelter. She is pretty good about eliminating outside but still has daily accidents. She is not crated and has free roam of the house. (We had another black lab for 13 years that wasn’t crated)

    How can we keep consistent about her going outside and not having accidents inside? We’ve only had her a week and I know it is going to take time. She has the accidents when we leave for a short time or when my husband sleeps during the day. When she sleeps at night, she is in my daughter’s room with the door closed. She’s never had an accident in there.

    Thanks.

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