Have an adult dog with potty training issues? If you are in a situation where you have an adult dog that still is not potty trained, or if you have just adopted an older dog that is not house trained, then you may think there is no hope for your dog.

I am here to tell you that you can potty train your adult dog too. Training an adult dog is very much similar to house training a puppy. The same principles and techniques will work for both puppies and adults.

There are many reasons why your adult dog may be going potty in inappropriate places. And, it will depend on your dog’s past experiences with potty training as to how easy this will be. This assumes that your dog did get some potty training as a puppy. If not, or if you don’t know, then the only thing that will change is the time it will take.

  • First, you want to make sure that your dog is not going potty inappropriately due to illness. A sick dog may start doing its business in the house if he is not feeling well, or has an illness that is not showing any outward signs that you can see. You will want to take your dog in for a vet check to rule this out. Make sure you tell your vet what is going on so they can run all appropriate tests.
  • Second, I tell everyone that has a puppy that there will be accidents. They need to know that their puppy won’t be perfect in the beginning. Well, you already know your adult dog is having accidents. These potty areas in the house need to be cleaned completely. Use an enzymatic urine cleaner which breaks down the urine completely.

Please note: If your dog has gone pretty much everywhere in your house, or has done a lot of potty in the house over time, you must be prepared to pull up all carpets, clean completely with a urine removal cleaner, and start over fresh.

Your dog will come back to the same place to go potty again, so this is why you must, must, must clean completely. If you don’t want to hear this, then oh well. If you want your adult dog to become house trained, then this is key to your success. If your dog has only gone potty in a few spots, spot clean these completely and you should be alright.

  • Third, you will use the same techniques as with a puppy. You should incorporate crate training, or keep them confined in an x-pen with paper or potty pads when you cannot watch them.

Just like with a puppy, you need to take responsibility and do the work it will take to potty train your dog properly. The processes are easy to follow, but it may take time. You will just have to stick with it and keep with the potty training, the schedule, and working to help your adult dog become potty trained.

YES! I can help you to potty train your adult dog.