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How to toilet train an older dog

Posted on: Jun 19 2020

How to toilet train an older dog

You know that old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, it’s not all true. Unless your dog has an underlying health issue, when it comes to toilet training an older dog it may be easier than you think.

In this blog, we’ve put together a few steps that will help you guide your older dog to go to the toilet outside, every time.

Know how long your dog can hold

Remember to let your dog outside to go to the toilet often. Begin with six times a day. However, the aim for an adult dog with no underlying health issues is four toilet breaks a day. Once you establish a routine, they’ll learn to hold on until the designated time.

Use the same spot each time

Dogs develop a preference for going to the toilet in the same place each time. So, make sure you choose the location for them to go to the toilet and stick to it.

Don’t distract them

As soon as your dog begins to go, give a command like, “Go toilet” or “Go pee.” Don’t talk to them or distract them when they are doing ‘their business.’ Before long, your dog will learn to go to the toilet on command.

Praise them

Give your dog treats and praise after they go to the toilet at the right time, in the right spot. But make sure you give the treat as soon as they finish so they make the connection between going to the toilet outside and the reward.

Don’t punish your dog for accidents

If you catch your dog going to the toilet inside, startle them midstream, then encourage them outside to finish. Don’t punish them if you don’t catch them in the act.

Clean up thoroughly

Make sure you use a cleaning product that contains live enzymes to break down the mess. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners as they smell like urine to your dog, and leave some soiled towels in your dog’s toilet area to encourage them to go back to that spot.

Karingal Veterinary Hospital

If you need more information about toilet training your adult dog, call Karingal Veterinary Hospital or book online today for specialist advise, and further care for your pet.

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