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my dog came from a puppy mill, so he was not housebroken he is four yrs old,a li...

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Question: 
my dog came from a puppy mill, so he was not housebroken he is four yrs old,a little dachshund, is he too old to be housebroken? and whats the best way besides a crate cause he is really scared of crates maybe cause he spent his life in one.
Answer: 

It's not too late, but it will be difficult. As much as possible, take him out frequently and reward when he potties outside. For inside, I'd set up a long-term confinement area using an exercise pen or a small room (bath, laundry, etc). Put a potty option (potty pad, litterbox, potty park, etc) at the back, a bed in one area, food & water bowls (leave water out), and some safe toys. This should help him get used to using a designated area to eliminate and keep him from having accidents all around the house.

Comments

23 Jan 2011 3:43 pm

BeavisMom62 said:

You can also get him used to a crate, even if he seems to be afraid of them. I have a dog that I just adopted from a shelter, who is 2 years old, not housebroken and not crate trained. I started by putting his food bowl near the mouth of the crate. Day by day, move the bowl farther and farther into the crate and eventually he will go in with no problems. Also, as with mine, he just didn't like little crates. He'd eat in it but otherwise wouldn't go near it. So I used one of my larger dogs crates for when we go out of the house and he has no problem in a larger crate, although the size does make housebreaking a little more difficult since he can mess at one end and sleep in the other. But it can be done. Lots of positive reinforcement when he goes outside. But just ignore him when he goes in the house, unless you catch him in the act. Then tell him "No!" and take him outside. It can be done. Patience.

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