3 Potty Training Issues - And How to Deal With Them

There are three potty training issues that always go hand in hand with trying to train a puppy, adult dog or senior dog. Some older dogs never had the training, so they never ended up housebroken. But regardless of age, any dog can be trained to do his/her business outside.

Here are three common potty training strategies that any dog owner can solve with ease!

#1: Crate Training

Crate training is the best way to train any dog, so you always want to start there. The reason that this method is so effective is that dogs are extremely reluctant to go to the bathroom where they sleep.

If you have a dog that’s constantly relieving himself in his crate, it’s because the crate that he’s in is too big. He has room to go relieve himself in one area and turn around and lie down away from his elimination.

That means that your crate needs to either be downsized or you need to use a crate divider to take away some of his room. If you do that and your dog is still using the bathroom in his crate, it means that you’re not taking him out often enough or he may have a medical condition and can’t hold his bathroom needs as long as other dogs can.

#2: Peeing in the House

Another common potty training issue is when a dog relieves himself in the house. If he’s gone through crate training, then this shouldn’t be an issue. But it can happen with puppies if they end up drinking something or eating something.

Their systems are small and fast. They usually need to relieve themselves within a half an hour after eating or drinking. Adult dogs have potty training accidents when they eat something that upsets their system or when they’re left inside for too long.

With senior dogs who have potty training accidents inside, it’s usually because their system isn’t what it used to be. They may have trouble holding their urine or they may have digestive problems that make them need to eliminate quickly after eating.

The solution is to watch your dog more closely when he’s sick and make sure you let the dog out more often when he’s prone to having accidents. Keep him on a schedule and that can help stop accidents.

Also, dogs that have potting training issues could pee inside your home if they’ve done it before because of the scent that’s left behind. Even if you’ve cleaned up their accident and you can’t smell it anymore, it doesn’t mean they can’t.

#3: Outside Potty

The third potty training issue you run into with dogs of all ages is they don’t use the bathroom when they’re outside, even if they haven't gone in a while.

The causes of this are anxiety or they get distracted by a bird, a squirrel, the sound of someone or something else. Sometimes dogs will need to go, but dart back inside without going because they want the calmness and security of being inside.

The solution is to walk out with your pet and stay out in the yard with him until he goes. Dogs feel more secure when their owner is close by.