House Training an Older Dog is similar to training a puppy. But one of the challenges that may present itself is bad habits your dog has acquired.
At a little older than a year, your dog should have a fully developed bladder and be able to last for almost half a day without a bathroom break.
There are several things that affect how often your dog needs to go potty.
What Causes your Dog to Need to go Potty?
- How Much your Dog Eats and Drinks
- Your Dog’s Activity Level
- If They are on a Potty Schedule
We’ll explore each of these points below.
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How Much your Dog Eats and Drinks?
It seems obvious, but the more your dog eats, and drinks increase how full their bladder gets and puts pressure on their bladder to let it all out.
You could say they want to make their bladder, gladder. The issue is when they go potty in the house because they are not let outside.
So, if you’re having issues house training an older dog, the first thing you should do is to limit their intake of food and water when you are not around to take them out.
In no way am I saying to starve your dog, just don’t leave the food and water out all day long – and especially when you’re not at home.
Your Dog’s Activity Level
However, when your dog goes for a walk or is actively playing in the house or outside, they will need to go more often. Do you ever notice once your dog goes for a walk that they have to go several times?
The more activity your dog has the more it will need to go potty. If your dog stays in the house all day and sleeps, they will not need to go out very often.
To house train an older dog, you should try to get them outside and active, but if you’re at work all day and your dog is home alone, limit their input of water and food.
If They are on a Potty Schedule
With a set schedule for taking your dog out for potty time; let’s say morning, mid-day and evening; their body will adapt to the schedule.
If you miss an intended time, your dog will still have the urge to go at that time and may not be able to hold it in the house.
House Training an Older Dog is pretty simple if you have time to follow a set schedule. Ever 2-3 hours take the dog out and you will be fine.
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At Athenas Pets, we make a cool product to let your dog tell you when it’s their time to go outside to potty. Our Dog Bells for Potty Training hung from a door and short training time will have you and your dog on a happy path.
We’re sure you’ll like it so we’re offering this free Potty Bells eBook below and you can buy them on Amazon or our website.
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House Training an Older Dog – What Next?
Once you’ve got these top tips covered, Athenas Pets has some great products that will help you on your training journey. Check out some of our items below.
Best of luck to you and your dog. At Athenas Pets, we’re always thinking of ways to make the human and pet experience better. We offer a number of dog and puppy training courses and products as well as dog barking information and solutions.