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Adult Dog Housetraining Advice

I adopted Viktor 21 days ago tomorrow. He's a 3 year old GSD abused rescue. I seems to me he was never properly house trained. He is learning many things he doesn't know... like how to play ball (sad). Now, 3 weeks in and he still had an accident in the house this week. When I got home from work, we went on a long walk. Came home and ate dinner. I waited a little while then took him out for his short evening potty walk. He didn't poop. Waited a bit longer... nothing. Came inside, and while I was changing, he pooped in the dining room I praise and pet him when he goes outside and correct him when there is in inside issue.

Now, I am I just not being patient enough? Is 21 days just not long enough to expect him to learn? Should I wait longer when taking him outside? Is there anything else I should be doing?

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I would do the crate thing just like with a puppy Greg....if he does not relieve himself, crate him after the walk, wait a half hour and take him outside again. Restrict yourself to one corner of your yard - not a walk...repeat "go potty" or whatever mantra you use - no action, crate and repeat.

Punishment (hopefully just a verbal reprimand!) is not effective - the dog must be caught IN THE ACT to understand that you are unhappy with his behavior - pooping wherever as needed is already imprinted and is natural to Victor - it is a behavior that will take some time and dedication to change.

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I would do the crate thing just like with a puppy Greg....if he does not relieve himself, crate him after the walk, wait a half hour and take him outside again. Restrict yourself to one corner of your yard - not a walk...repeat "go potty" or whatever mantra you use - no action, crate and repeat.

Punishment (hopefully just a verbal reprimand!) is not effective - the dog must be caught IN THE ACT to understand that you are unhappy with his behavior - pooping wherever as needed is already imprinted and is natural to Victor - it is a behavior that will take some time and dedication to change.

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Thanks Lee.... your help and advice with helping Viktor has been invaluable and much appreciated.

You are right… all he has known for 3+ years is to poop inside I guess, I will give it more time & try the crate method you discuss. He is bacially a 3 year old puppy.
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Thank you again for giving Viktor a loving and forever home. Just as Wolfstraum has advised they just about have to be treated like a 8 wk old puppy. Work with him and be patient he will come around. My little terrier mix was a rescue from a shelter where she had been the first year of her life and I trained her just like she was a new puppy and with patience it will work. Good luck with your boy.

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Don't leave him un-crated and unsupervised. Housebreaking accidents are always the owner's fault, the dog doesn't deserve to be punished or reprimanded for something he doesn't understand yet.


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Don't leave him un-crated and unsupervised.
Can't watch him every second... but I try.
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It seems to be working... 10 days without an accident in the house!!!
(knock on wood... probably just jinxed myself)

I guess I just needed a little advice, and some extra attention to get him over the edge on this one.

He seems to know when we are going on a potty break rather than a walk... is doing his business and getting a treat. No crating now necessary.

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ahhh - still stick to the program....IF he does not potty on a potty break - back in the crate - but glad he is learning! Good Job Greg!

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Can't watch him every second... but I try.

This is why if I love leashing dogs/puppies to me during house training.... while I do the dishes, read a book, etc.

I used to do a lot of pitbull rescue and house trained a lot of older dogs.

Lee got you going the right way!

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