How to Housebreak a Dog
When I get calls from owners struggling with their dog’s housebreaking, the majority of their dogs are puppies that still haven’t quite figured out potty training. Sometimes housebreaking is struggle for older dogs, dogs past puppyhood and still having accidents in the home, or are territorially marking inside. For dogs that aren’t housebroken, the formula for potty training is essentially the same thing as housebreaking a puppy. The main difference is with puppies, they might still be developing the physical ability to hold it and wait. Also, if a dog is just marking versus just having accidents, then there’s a slightly different approach.
Housebreaking is a common issue for growing puppies, but even adult dogs might struggle with it. Housebreaking is about teaching a puppy or dog how to eliminate outside the home and/or in a certain designated area that you assign for them (ie: a certain part of your yard, on a patch of artificial grass, a pee pad, etc.). It’s about teaching your puppy to wait until you let them out (which you must obviously do multiple times a day), and to eliminate outside, rather than have an accident or mark inside the home.