How to House Train an Adult Dog

When you’re adopting an older dog, there’s a chance that it won’t be house trained. This can be a major annoyance for owners, but also has the potential to cause harm to your dog and your household. In this post, we’ll cover some tips and tricks on how to house train your adult dog so that both you and your pet feel calm and comfortable in the home.

House training your adult dog does not have to be a nightmare.

House training your adult dog does not have to be a nightmare. The key to success is consistency, starting with the basics, getting rid of the accidents and rewarding success.

Start by taking your dog out first thing every morning. If you are able to do this multiple times throughout the day, that will help him learn quickly as well.

While outside, keep an eye on your pup so he doesn’t try to poop or pee where he shouldn’t (like in someone’s yard). Let him sniff around and explore while encouraging him not to potty until you’re ready for it by saying something like “Let’s go potty” or making some sort of movement with your body such as squatting down or pointing toward where you’d like them to go.

Be consistent.

If you want to house train your adult dog, consistency is key. It’s important to be consistent with feeding and exercise schedules, the location of the dog’s crate, the location of its food bowl (and water bowl), and your dog’s potty routine. If you’re not consistent in these areas, your adult dog will have a harder time adjusting to his new living situation.

For example: if you feed your adult dog at 7 p.m., but then decide that it should be fed at 6 p.m., then this can throw off his entire schedule – which makes him more likely to have accidents inside or outside due to confusion around when he needs to go pee or poop!

Start with the basics.

  • First, make sure your dog has access to a crate. The crate is an essential tool for house training because it gives your dog a place to retreat when he needs some downtime and allows him the opportunity to feel like he has his own space in the home. It also provides a safe place where you can keep him during the night, especially if you’re away from home during the day.
  • Next, make sure that your pup has some sort of potty area outside that contains soil or grass (or both). The best option is to provide an area that’s large enough for your dog to do his business and then mark it by spraying water from a spray bottle or using an enzymatic cleaner with citronella scent after he does his business so he knows where not to go again!
  • Make ensure that you have multiple ways for Fido access outside: direct access through doors; indirect access through windows; or direct access through doggie doors. One thing I’ve learned about dogs over my years as an animal lover: They will always find their way out! So be prepared by installing one on each level of your house if possible – even if they don’t know how yet!

Get rid of the accidents.

Now, it’s time for the fun part: house training your adult dog. First, you need to make sure that you clean up all of the accidents in your home. The best way to do this is by using a combination of water and vinegar on the carpet, baking soda and water on any hard surfaces (like tile or linoleum), and a pet odor remover sprayer to get rid of smells.

Make sure that when you clean up an accident it is completely dry before letting your dog back in that area. If there are still traces of moisture left behind they may encourage him/her to go again where they already have! It’s important that you thoroughly clean up after each incident so that he/she doesn’t keep doing what made them feel bad in the first place—rushing out into another room where there isn’t any mess yet!

It’s also important when cleaning up an accident not just for us but also our four-legged friends too; wear gloves because some cleaners can irritate their paws if ingested or absorbed through their skin.”

Reward success.

Rewards are a great way to train your dog, and they can also help you bond with them. When you reward your dog for good behavior, it reinforces the positive behavior that you want to see more of. This is especially helpful when housetraining an adult dog who will not be getting treats on a regular basis anymore.

If your dog pees outside, give them a treat or take them on a walk as their reward. If they go inside after peeing, praise them and give them a treat as a reminder that going inside is acceptable. The best part about rewarding good behavior is that it doesn’t require any special equipment or toys; whatever your dog likes will work just fine!


With the right combination of time, patience and diligence, you can set your dog up for success in his new home. And once he understands what’s expected of him, you’ll never have to worry about the floor again (or at least only when it comes to muddy paws).