Dogs house soil for different reasons. Health problems, of course, we cannot expect a dog to be able to prevent accidents. One sign of poor health is the condition of the stools. Are they well-formed and not too lose? Urinating is also affected by medical conditions. Suspicions that health issues might be involved should receive medical attention immediately.
House soiling can result from behavioral problems. Separation anxiety, demands for attention, or leadership issues need to be addressed directly. But, some dogs just haven’t been taught that the house is no place to potty. Young dogs, or sometimes older dogs, that had less than clean childhoods need to be shown. This section on house soiling is for those dogs.
Clean all accidents with vinegar and water. When a dog urinates or defecates a chemical (pheromones) is released. One of the functions of this chemical is to cause the dog to physically feel as if he needs to relieve himself (natures way of having the dog soil just certain areas). Vinegar breaks the effect of pheromones. Half white vinegar and half water in a squirt bottle works well.
Feed on an exact schedule.
Do not vary the diet.
Feed a high-quality food. The fewer fillers (soy, ash) a food has, the less bulk your dog’s system will need to manage.
Keep everything your dog ingests (food) consistent. If you plan on giving your dog treats, make sure to give the same amounts and type each day through the housebreaking process.
Walk your dog on an exact schedule.
Provide an area that is solely used for elimination. If your dog spends time in an area (such as a small back yard), then it may make more sense to him to relieve himself in an area where he spends less time, such as a basement or spare bedroom.
Catching your Dog in the Act is Critical to Success
This can be tricky! Some tips:
Of course, this is the key.
Know how long after your dog eats till he will have to respond to nature. This varies from dog to dog, but within twenty minutes he should need to.
A brass bell or two on the collar. When the bells sound you maybe able to tell how the dog is moving and where he is off to. This is handy if your dog uses a particular spot to house soil. Pet stores sell small bells for cats that are perfect for this purpose.
When you do Catch your Dog in the Act
Loudly yell “No!” Make it loud and startling. As with any correction, don’t over do it to the point that your dog will lose focus to the act he was doing that caused the correction.
Take the dog directly to where he is supposed to relieve himself. Until you near the area he is to use keep mumbling in a harsh tone.
As you are near the area to be used, be relaxed. You’re not upset that your dog relieved himself. You’re upset where he relieved himself.
Wait for your dog to use the proper area. Stay for a while even if you don’t think your dog will relieve himself.
If your dog does relieve himself in this area then give him lots praise!