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Doggy is making me crazy - Article 3: He doesn’t seem to understand that he needs to go OUTSIDE to pee

Posted by Mélanie De Nobile on

You Thought you have taught him correctly how to go outside to do his business, but there really are too many «accidents» inside the house! We’ve got your back so you don’t have to live with ruined carpets and smelly floors.  

The first rule here is: BE PATIENT! It is not instinctive for dogs to relieve themselves outside; it is only natural for them to not go where they sleep. Everyplace else is fair game! Regardless of whether you have a puppy or have recently adopted an adult, your dog will not automatically understand the routine in your house or know where the door is. It is up to you to train your dog.

Here are some tips:

  • Dogs usually have obvious “tells” before they relieve themselves. Watch your dog closely and intervene if you see them sniffing the floor, cocking their leg or even just circling. Get them outside pronto and keep them there until they do the deed. Then, lay on the love and praise. They need to associate outside urination with your approval.
  • Decide on a special treat that your puppy/dog will only get when after pooping or peeing outside.
  • Always feed by schedule, rather than free feeding. Eating all day = pooping all day!
  • Dogs are attracted to return to spots where they urinated/defecated previously. If you clean up just a little, your dog will be attracted to “refresh” the spot. If you clean thoroughly, he has less chance to go there again.
  • Do not throw away any “accidents” since dogs are attracted to go in the same places over and over. Let’s use this to our advantage! First, pick up any indoor “accidents” and bring them outside to the potty area.
  • You must see everything that comes out of the dog so you can interrupt inside “accidents” and reward outside potties.
  • If your dog begins to poop/pee inside, immediately interrupt him by clapping and saying “NO!” Get him outside as soon as possible. You must be with your dog outside so as to praise him; simply letting him out and shutting the door is not enough.


Dogs who have been house trained since they were puppies can regress in adulthood. Sometimes, they have physical issues that need to be addressed by a vet. If they get a clean bill of health, you will need to retrain them to go outside. Punishing your dog does not work. Encouragement and praise are effective. You will have to be patient and vigilant, but you can get your dog properly house trained.

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