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How do you housebreak an older dog?


I adopted a stray from a shelter. She's about a year old. I take her out regularly to pee and poop. I give her treats and praise her when she pees and poops, which is regular on our walks. In the yard, she will usually pee after a bit, but she gets away to poop in the house. She was doing great with peeing outside, then tonight I took her out, encouraging her to pee because she was restless and running around. She didn't go after 3-4 minutes, so I brought her back in. She soon went to the hallway and peed there. Why? I know I need to catch her in the act, but she is so quick. What do I do?

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Best Answer Heidi Thorne (heidithorne) says

22 months ago
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    Vicki L Hodges (Victoria Lynn) 22 months ago

    Thanks, Heidi. I've had Sissy for two months. She's getting used to the "Go pee" command outside (somewhat) but still pees in the house! I have only seen her poop outside once (except for walks). Contacting Adrienne is a great idea. :-)

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    Vicki L Hodges (Victoria Lynn) 22 months ago

    That sounds like a good idea with the tethering. I need to catch her in the act so I can redirect her outside. She 's usually fine all night unless I sleep in too late!. Mostly daytime is the problem. Thanks for the tips. I'll try it!

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Mary Hyatt (mary615) says

22 months ago
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    Vicki L Hodges (Victoria Lynn) 22 months ago

    Yes, Mary. Much patience! I take her out usually on the leash morning and night. She goes regularly in the a.m. but not always at night. She can hold it all night! I do praise and treat, so surely she will soon catch on! and stop going in the house.

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