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I rescued a dog that is not housed trained. I was told that

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I rescued a dog that is not housed trained. I was told that he was and I am having a difficult time trying to house train him now. I have tried taking him outside on a hourly basis and praising him when he does his business but he continues to urinate in the house. I took him to a vet and there is nothing physically wrong.What can I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about this problem with Ernie. Thank you for rescuing him.

I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. Where is he eliminating in your house: a particular room, or on carpet, tile, etc.?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

When an adult dog is not housetrained, and things like a bladder infection have been ruled out, I treat them the same as a new puppy. This means preventing indoor accidents as much as possible: no being loose indoors, by using indoor baby gates, or an Xpen, or a crate, or keeping him on a leash indoors.

I forgot to ask: is he neutered? It may be hard to house train if he is not neutered.

Do the positive things, by praising him when he goes outside, but you must not set him up to fail by letting him loose in the house. If he has eliminated outside, then he can have 10 or 15 minutes indoors. Set a kitchen timer to be sure it is not longer. After the 10 to 15 minutes, either take him back outside, or confine him on a leash or in an Xpen or crate.

Gradually you can increase 15 minutes to 20, to 30, to an hour. Just be patient, never punish him for indoor accidents, and praise him for eliminating outside.

Let me know what other questions you have. Rebecca

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hi Marina,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Ernie. How is everything going?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Can I help with or answer anything else?