Secrets to housebreaking adult dogs

When most people think about housebreaking a dog, they imagine an adorable little scamp that fits in the palm of their hand and plays with toys all day — in other words, a puppy.

But what if you have an older dog that isn’t housebroken because she’s a rescue? The rules for training adult dogs can be a bit different. First and foremost, you want to determine two things:

Student Question

Dog problem: Puppy soiling crate

Question from Jesica Mcauliff:

I have a 3-month-old pit bull/boxer mix puppy that my husband and I have been crate training. Lilly had been doing really well not soiling her crate, but recently she has been doing it everyday, even if she is only in there for a few hours.

We have tried everything to break her of this habit but nothing works. Please, do you have any advice?

 

Student Question

Crate soiling

My husband and I have a male, 12 month old Cocker Spaniel/Pomeranian mix. We have been crate training him and he has virtually no problems at night. But since we've been crating him during the day for the last 2 weeks, he ALWAYS soils the crate in some way.

It doesn't seem to matter whether there's bedding in there or not.

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