How To House Train A Dog To Prevent Potty ‘Accidents’ Inside Your Home

If your dog is peeing or pooping inside your house, your first priority is to see if there is a pattern to the behavior.

Keep a notepad handy and take notes of what you were doing and where you were going when your dog went potty inside. More importantly, what was your dog doing and how was your dog behaving moments before going potty in the house?

The best way to house train a dog is to  establish a pattern to your dog’s behavior. You need to determine what, specifically, is the trigger that leads your dog to potty inside the house.

Once you have a better idea of what that is, then use the following housebreaking tips to put an end to ‘accidents’ once and for all!

Why Dogs Potty In The House

There are several reasons that a dog may potty inside the house.

These tips to house train a dog are based on the specific behavior patterns that you may be seeing:

  • Doesn’t like rain – Your dog may not like going outside on a rainy day and getting his paws wet, so he’ll go inside instead.
  • Separation anxiety If your dog barks like mad when you leave or you notice that the immediately potties right after you leave the house, then your dog may have separation anxiety.
  • Never been potty trained – Maybe you got your dog as an adult, and he simply hasn’t been potty trained before. This is comment with dogs that spend most of their time outdoors.
  • Submissive urination If your dog cowers at times (when you get near him, when he’s startled, when he hears a loud noise, etc.), urinating in the house could be a sign of nervousness or excitement.
  • Urine marking Lots of dogs (especially dominant ones) tend to mark the places they’ve been as a means of claiming their territory.

Other reasons dogs potty in the house.

All of those are very different (and also very legitimate) reasons for a dog to potty in the house.

So you need to follow the specific instructions for whichever behavior your dog usually displays prior to peeing or pooping in the house.

If your dog is getting old and that is the primary reason that he’s going potty inside the house, then you’ll appreciate these 5 tips for housebreaking an older dog.

My Experience With Dog Potty Training

We still have a few problems with our second dog going potty in the house.

She will be 3 years old this year, and we are still unable to trust her outside of her crate while we are at work.

We noticed the following pattern with our dog:

  • When we give her full access to the house, we always return to find that she’s had an accident.
  • However, if we confine her to the kitchen, we are less likely to come home to an accident.

I have just started to trust her being left alone in the kitchen when I go out for short periods of time — like to the grocery store.  So far so good.

We believe that when she is outside with her sister, she simply forgets what she goes out for.  She is more interested in playing than going potty.  We determined this after we would have the girls come inside and about 10 minutes later she would always ring her bell to go back outside.  I watched her one day after she rang her bell, and sure enough she went potty outside.

When we’re home, she never potties in the house.  It’s just when we’re gone for long periods of time.  Fortunately, she seems to be getting better when she’s confined to the kitchen for short times.  For longer times, we still keep her in her crate.

About Carrie

I have 2 Miniature Pinschers. My husband and I consider them our 4-legged kids.

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