Dogs play and greet at Dogtopia Erindale in the Toybox!

Bringing a new dog home can bring excitement… and accidents. But letting your dog do its business doesn’t have to be a big mess!

My dog has already been house-trained. Will this really apply to me? 

Regardless of whether your dog has already been house-trained, you’ll have to train them again because the environment they’re in is different than what they knew before. There’s a lot of new smells for your dog to familiarize himself with, which may confuse him and lead to accidents.

What do I do? Where do I start? 

With consistent training, you and your dog can have a safe bathroom break without the mess using the tips below.

  • Create indicators: Dogs can’t communicate with humans in the same language so they need to give you an indicator like standing at the backdoor, or hitting a bell, that they need to go. Do it before each of their bathroom breaks and they’ll develop the instinct to use that method.
  • Set boundaries: If they do their business in the no-no spots, let them know what they did was bad – only if you catch them doing in the act – and quickly bring your dog to where they need to finish their business. This can be tricky, as correcting them after you’ve come across the evidence and scolding them will make them think they are in trouble for something else.
  • Reward your dog: When they do their business in the right spot, reward them for doing it by petting or telling them they were good. Rewarding them lets the dog know that this is the right thing to do.

Will I need to break my budget for products to help with my dog’s housetraining? 

Buying products for your dog’s housetraining isn’t always necessary, as training varies from dog to dog. These are a few of the things you can try out:

  • Pee pads: If your dog is starting out with their training and is in a crate while you’re out, putting pee pads in their crate can definitely help cut back on the mess. Eventually your dog won’t like the smell of pee in their crates and will want to do their business elsewhere.
  • Pheromone sprays: If your dog tends to go on the same spot and not where you want them to go, these sprays can help. There’s sprays to attract the dog to a spot, some to repel, while there are spray and odour neutralizers that’ll take away the pheromone smell so that they will neither be attracted or repelled to go to that spot.

And lastly: patience. Housetraining your dog can either take a few weeks to months for your dog – as each dog is different – but with enough patience, you’ll be down to almost no accidents at home.