Housebreaking An Older Dog With Indoor Potty Training

Housebreaking An Older Dog

Is housebreaking an older dog possible?  One of my friends has a seven year old schnauzer and this little dog gets quite anxious during thunderstorms.  In fact, she doesn’t want to go outside at all when she hears thunder.  This dog, like many others, was originally trained to go outdoors to do her business but my friend is now reporting that whenever there is a storm, her dog either doesn’t want to go out or if outside, doesn’t do her thing because she’s too scared.

The same thing happens with other bad weather like really cold winter days and nights as well.  I can relate to this because during these types of weather conditions, who really wants to go out?  I certainly don’t and my two dogs don’t either.

Indoor Potty Training Possible

So my friend is now thinking about possibly using an indoor potty training solution and asked me if it’s feasible in housebreaking an older dog like her schnauzer.  I told her that dogs are smart and if she is willing to take the time and be consistent, it is possible.

I have other people who are thinking along the same lines.  For whatever reason (bad weather, senior dog less mobile, etc.), there is some consideration now to move at least some of the dog elimination business from outdoors to indoors, or at least on a porch.  This is what an indoor potty training system like a dog litter box is for.

Chapter On Housebreaking An Older Dog

In my book ‘Potty Train Your Puppy With A Litter Box – Convenient House Training Indoors For Dogs‘, I dedicate an entire chapter on housebreaking an older dog that was originally trained to go outdoors.  It’s a longer process but indeed possible to add an indoor potty training system to such a dog’s locations for elimination.

For those in cold winter regions, I highly suggest that such training be done now during the warmer season so that there is enough time for dog toilet training with indoor potty training.  It will take time but with consistent training, such a dog will be ready by next winter.

housebreaking an older dog indoor potty training
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  • Personally I never had to train an older dog but I know from friends that this is possible with lots of patience, love and consistency. Persistence is the key!

    Regards from Germany
    Andrea Baer

  • Dogs are smart and capable of learning no matter what age they are.