What To Do if Your Housetrained Puppy Goes Potty in the House
Quick Tip - What To Do if Your Housetrained Puppy Goes Potty in the House
Housetraining a puppy is difficult!
It is probably one of the biggest problems that dog owners suffer from.
And, it is probably the #1 reason dogs end up relinquished to the pound or shelter.
A lot of times it is because owners don’t take the time to actually effectively potty train their dogs or puppies.
The truth is, that potty training takes time and effort and isn’t easy.
It requires you to monitor your dog or puppy, constantly and get them outside about every 2 hours.
Allowing them to develop bad habits and sneaking off to go potty in the house can turn your potty training experience upside down!
So put in the effort early in your puppy’s training and you won’t regret it!
But, what if your housetrained dog goes potty in the house?
It can happen, and there is no real need to panic!
One accident every once in a while isn’t a catastrophe.
Assess the accident to find out why this happened.
Is he sick?
Did he have diarrhea?
If he did, it really isn’t his fault!
Have you ever gotten sick to your stomach and needed to find a toilet in 0.2 seconds?
Imagine if you were locked in a crate or locked inside with no bathroom… chances are that you would suffer from an accident too!
After all, everyone has an emergency sometimes.
If the accident is not from being sick, assess it anyway.
If it is urine, understand that he may have some kind of infection.
We see dogs all of the time at the vet clinic where I work that are inappropriately urinating because they have a bladder or kidney infection.
Have you ever had a bladder infection?
Do you know the pain associated with it and how frequently you seem to need to urinate?
Now, imagine being a dog and not having the access to go potty when you need to…
I once had a dog that had bladder stones and was urinating blood and I didn’t know until he was given an ultrasound for a totally different reason. It taught me that you never know what is going on with your dog’s health unless you have it checked!
Even your vet may not know until he takes a sample and has it analyzed!
If after your vet visit it is determined that it is not health related, then you can move on to worry about behavioral concerns.
If It Is Behavioral
If it has been determined that it is behavioral, assessment is still valuable.
Did it happen during the rain?
Did it happen at night?
Is the accident in multiple areas?
If you can break down the behavior you may learn more about why it happened.
I used to work with a client whose dog had accidents every Friday. After some assessment we realized that the garbage truck came on Friday and the dog was afraid to go outside. This helped us to set up a training regimen to desensitize the dog to the garbage truck.
Go Back to Square One
There are always those instances where people have no idea why it is happening.
If that is the case, the most important thing to do is go back to square one and treat the dog like you are potty training all over again.
Keep an eye on the dog and don’t let him wander off.
Get him outside every 2 hours at first.
Use a crate if you can’t watch him!
The most important thing to do if you see your dog developing a bad behavior is to break that behavior as quickly as possible so that the behavior doesn’t become a habit.
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.