House Training Your Dog that House Soils

House Training Your Dog that House Soils


House Training Problems


Owners seek help for various housetraining behaviours. For example; Owners may report that their dog comes inside to go to the toilet, house soils in secret, or is inconsistent with house training. The dog keeps urinating on a disinfected area, where a puppy pad was, only urinates, or defecates inside, or on particulate items or places.

The owner may report that house soiling has occurred since a change in home, household members, pets, or relates to the dogs age, development stage, or house soiling occurs during or after a particular event, or only when the owner is absent. There may be a sudden onset of house soiling for some dogs. There are various other behavioural reasons a dog may house soil, it could perhaps be part of a more complex behavioural issue. It is important to look throughly at all potential causes with a Dog Behaviourist to tailor a behaviour modification plan to the individual dog and owner.


Just a Few Reasons for House Training Problems


  • Some dogs may have a clinical reason for housetraining errors, or it may be age related. Your veterinarian will diagnose and help with any medical cause.
  • An owner may experience a smaller dog needing to go to the toilet more frequently than a larger dog. The smaller dog may make errors and go to the toilet inside, as it does not have full bladder control yet and has a smaller bladder than a larger dog. A study By ‘A Learn el at’ has found a significant difference found between large and small dogs in the time it takes to house train. Factors such as age, obedience training done, and medical status were accounted for in the study to eliminate other reasons that may effect results. Learn A el at (2016).
  • Puppies have not yet learnt where it is acceptable to go to the toilet. Like young children, they do not yet have full bladder control and will need to go more often than an adult dog.
  • A dog that has lived in a kennel, then starts to live in a house has no knowledge of, not going to the toilet inside, or how to house train.
  • With some dogs style and indeed the amount of obedience training was also found to correlate to housetraining success Learn A el at (2016).


Help with House Training


First it is wise to get your veterinarian to assess your dog for any medical cause. If you would like dog behaviour modification with support, to help with dog house soiling problems, or want advice to housetrain your dog, new canine addition, or puppy, Canine Whispers can help, with a through consult, and a plan for your dog.

Meantime at home, turn the lights off, then find all the urination places by searching your home with an ultra violet light (UV). Urine is a substance that will glow under UV light.

References; Learn A el at (2016) Preliminary Assessment in Differences of Completeness of House Training Base on Dogs By Size. Available from Accessed 4/3/20.