Housetraining Issues With Dogs
What to do if your dog has an accident with housetraining
dog house training methods and
dog separation anxiety
While you are
doing housebreaking training, there is a chance that
you may have some housetraining issues with your dog.
He might have a accident and do
business where he's not supposed to. Though you may be angry
when this happens, stay calm and don't get discouraged.
dog who eventually becomes housetrained has had an accident at one
point or another.
If there seem to be recurring housetraining
issues with your dog, give it some time and stick to the methods. Just like
with children, it takes repetition for your dog to figure out the
What should I do when my dog has an accident?
When your dog has an accident inside (whether during
housetraining or afterwards) your first reaction may be to punish
your dog, but DON’T DO IT. Don’t punish your dog and don’t let him
know that you’re angry because of his mess.
There’s an outdated way of housebreaking dogs that involves
“showing” your dog what he did wrong by pushing his face close to
his mess. This will not help your dog become housetrained and it is
likely to cause more housetraining issues with your dog. Your dog
does not see a connection between the accident he had hours ago and
your anger when you return home to his mess. Punishing your dog at
this point only leads him to believe that you just come home in a
When your dog
messes in the house, you should greet him normally, immediately put
him outside and then clean up the mess. If he uses the bathroom when
he’s outside, praise him as usual. Continue with the housetraining
methods and possibly give your dog more frequent potty breaks.
Action to take if your dog is already housetrained and has an
If your dog is already housetrained but seems to
be having recent housetraining issues, you may have to do some
detective work to figure out the cause. The first thing you
want to rule out is illness, so make sure your dog is eating
regularly and even take him to the vet for a checkup to be sure.
Another possible cause for housetraining issues
with your dog
is a change in your household. Have you moved to a new home or
welcomed a new family member or another dog into your house? These elements
could be stressors that are upsetting your dog's routine. Help
your dog get back into housetraining behaviors by reinforcing his
training with praise when the desired action is taken.
And a third reason for dog housetraining issues
could be separation anxiety. These are situations where your
dog deliberately does his business in your bed or on objects that
belong to you (like shoes.) This could also be the cause if
your dog keeps his housetraining when you're home, but reverts to
bad behaviors when you leave him alone. If this sounds
familiar, see separation anxiety for solutions.