One of the most frustrating issues for the average dog owner is an incompletely housetrained pet. In order to effectively and thoroughly housetrain the family puppy or adult dog, a comprehensive and consistent strategy is essential. This includes but is not limited to:
- Good health. This is fundamental to all aspects of your dog's training. Be certain that the dog is free of internal parasites/worms. Provide suitable, good quality food. Please, no human food, as it can play havoc with the dog's digestive system and cause accidents.
- Proper management of the dog. This will involve the use of some equipment, including a crate, a short tether, and, ideally, an outside run.
- Establishing a consistent feeding, watering, and eliminating routine that is convenient for you to follow every day.
- Selecting an outside elimination area that will be easy to maintain and clean.
- Careful supervision with 'immediate feedback,' or catching the dog in the act.
If you have followed the above advice for a sufficient length of time, you should have a properly trained dog. If not, and you are still experiencing difficulties, you may need to consider what other factors are contributing to your dog's sanitary shortcoming. These may include:
- Engaging in inappropriate leg-lifting or territory marking
- Submissive-induced urination
- Stress - primarily associated with separation anxiety
If you are experiencing difficulties getting a grip on the problem, perhaps it would be wise to have your dog evaluated with a view to detailing a suitable plan of action to altering the behavior.