Here are some basic rules about housetraining that you should follow. If you follow these rules your dog should be housetrained very quickly:
Rule Number One : Keep watch on your dog
The first rule with housetraining is to watch your dog. Generally, the dog will give signals, such as sniffing around, going to squat, going to the door, scratching a surface and so on, that will indicate that he has to go to the bathroom.
If you are unable to watch your dog, place him in a crate or somewhere secure where there is nonporous flooring that is easy to clean. Most dogs will not soil their bedding, so when your dog is in his crate or bedding area, he will not usually relieve himself there. However, don’t leave him there too long. This is not a substitute for not watching your dog.
Rule Number Two: Understand when your dog has to go
Another important rule is to understand when your dog has to go to the bathroom. In general, dogs will have to go to the bathroom after the following:
After eating or drinking
When they wake up in the morning
Make sure that you have built up a routine for doing these things so that everything happens at a regular time each day. Because of the internal clock mentioned earlier, once your dog’s body gets used to eating at the same time each day, it will also get used to going to the bathroom at the same time each day.
It is also recommended that to avoid accidents, you do not feed your dog at night. This is because dogs generally have a bowel movement 10 minutes to 30 minutes after they have eaten. Therefore to avoid night time accidents, feeding your dog after 7 pm is greatly discouraged.
By following this rule and taking your dog out after each of these common times for them to go to the bathroom, you should be able to prevent 95% of the accidents that might occur with a dog that isn’t housetrained yet.
Rule Number Three: Don’t scold
If you scold your dog when you see him squatting or peeing in the house you are likely to scare him into peeing again right away. Nothing positive is accomplished with scolding a dog who pees in the house. The only thing you have accomplished is making your dog afraid of you, or making the dog scared of relieving itself in front of you. This is especially true if you have a rescue or shelter dog who does not know why you are yelling at him.
Instead, when an accident happens, clap your hands or say, “No” if the dog is in the middle of going to the bathroom. This will break the action and often dogs will stop urinating mid-stream.
As soon as he stops, scoop him up and take him outside immediately. For bigger dogs, put a leash on the dog and take him outside. Try to take the dog to a place where it has relieved himself before. Once he starts again, praise him. This will help reinforce the idea that he should relieve himself outside, or in a particular place in the yard.
When you clean up an accident, be sure you clean it up thoroughly. Dogs will always be tempted to return to places where they have pottied before. Also, take note of the kind of detergent or cleaning agent you are using. Ammonia based cleaning agents should be avoided as these resemble the smell of urine, and may encourage the dog to continue relieving itself in that area, destroying the training you are trying to carry out.
Keep in mind that dogs can’t connect past actions with present consequences very well, so if you find an old accident, even if it is an hour old, don’t get too excited about it. The most you should do to the dog is point at the mess and ask “What is this?” before cleaning it up.
Dogs that are not housetrained will have accidents, so just expect it. If you can’t handle have your dog pee in the house, you should consider hiring a professional dog trainer.