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Dog Rehoming - House Training


Never, ever be cross with your dog
if he has an accident in the house
whether you were there at the time or not. Do not shout, smack or scold him. Dogs that look 'guilty' are actually showing fear - and they can learn not to go to the toilet in your presence as a result - which creates a vicious circle of behaviour. Dogs are generally very clean creatures - but it's up to us to give them all the right opportunities to get it right.

rehoming house training

No matter what age your rehomed dog is, it's sensible to make a plan to ensure that house training is a top priority. Many rehomed dogs are completely clean once in their new home. However, others can need a little help - especially those which have been kennelled while waiting to be adopted.

All dogs learn best through rewards, and this is particularly important when toilet training a new dog, as anxiety caused by punishments can easily make matters worse and can damage your relationship with your dog.

As a general rule, dogs need to go to the toilet after waking up, after playing, after any kind of excitement - such as the children coming home from school - and straight after meals.

At these times, take your dog to the same place outside and wait with him or her - even in the rain! Gently repeating a word or phrase, such as "Be quick," helps your dog to remember what he's there for and means that you will be able to encourage him to go to the loo on command.

Once he has been to the toilet, give him lots of praise and a really special tit-bit to reward him.

If you wait outside with your dog and he does not go, bring him back indoors after a few minutes. You will now need to supervise your dog just in case he or she needs to go to the toilet. Sure signs are sniffing and circling around, looking for a place to go and going towards the back or front door. If you cannot watch your dog all the time, confine him to an enclosed area where it doesn't matter if he has an accident.

If you catch your dog about to go to the toilet in the house, say 'Outside' in an urgent voice, then take him quickly outside to show him where you do want him to go.


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