Some adolescent or adult dogs (over six months of age) urinate or defecate inside the house. House soiling can occur in any location of a home, but sometimes pet parents will notice that their dog soils more in certain locations.
If you have adopted an adult dog, congratulations! You are one of the lucky people who will find out how rewarding it can be to give a good home to an senior dog. Adult dogs bond just as readily.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you've ruled out medical problems, house-training an adult dog uses the same principles as house-training a puppy, except you have to be even more diligent because you need to do some untraining, too. And a lot of cleaning: You must thoroughly clean any soiled area with.
The key to house training an adult dog is to rely on your dog's natural instincts and tendencies. Dogs are instinctively clean animals. If they can avoid it, they would rather not soil themselves or their usual eating and sleeping areas.
You house train an adult dog in much the same way as you do a puppy. So please follow the general tips and guidelines written in my guide to house training a puppy which you can find by clicking here. Compared to house training a puppy, house training an adult dog has a mixture of pros and cons, some making the process easier, some harder.