Our expert says:
Hi Anon, it is unfortunately often more difficult to potty train an adult dog and requires lots of patience.
The most important principle, especially in an anxious dog, is never to beat a dog that messes in the house as they are not deliberately being disobedient but just do not know any better!
It is your responsibility to have her outside when she ‘needs to go’. So take her outside every time after she has slept, eaten or played . . . also during the night (for night time potty training it will help if you can keep her in an en suite bathroom so that she wakes you up if she needs to go).
I would also recommend that you take her outside a few times in quick succession, as a dog will often mess inside just after they have been outside for a while, so basically you want to break this ‘habit’.
Also take her to the same spot in the garden so that she gets use to the smells etc. If she has urinated in this spot before, the familiar smell will definitely help!
You can also use treats to ‘reward’ her if she did go outside! If you have loose carpets, it will be best to remove them until she is potty trained as dogs have a much stronger sense of smell and will smell the urine even if the carpet has been washed repeatedly!
Also do not use strong alkaline or acid detergents to clean as this can smell a lot like urine!
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