Housetrain adult dog?

I adopted a 13 month old collie. He was raised in and lived in outdoor kennels and was never a house dog. He is not house trained. Despite putting him in the yard and taking him for walks frequently he still messes in the house. I do not punish him because I have never caught him in the act and I have never been convinced that dragging them back to a mess and punishing will make the dog make the connection between making the mess and the punishment. He does not yet bark or signal that he needs to "go". Also he doesn’t seem to realize a word can have a meaning. He does not yet respond to his name or words I use frequently like treat or walk or out or supper. He does not seem to be bonding to me. His temperament is superb and he comes from one of the top kennels in canada, I have no problems with temperament or health or anything else and see no real need to return him for another dog. I cannot begin training him until he has that epiphany that a word can have a specific meaning.

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    7 Responses to “Housetrain adult dog?”

    1. sisu says:

      Being a kennel dog he does not know that he can learn.
      You will teach him by starting with the most basic, his name.
      Pet dog, say name, give treat.. Sometimes call the dog from across
      the room, Come Dog, give treat when he gets next to you.
      He will catch on that learning results in good things.
      Once you are sure he knows his name, start with sit.
      Use voice, hand signals, praise and reward.
      Google positive reinforcement house training
      Google positive reinforcement crate training.
      When house training keep him tethered to your waist with a long
      leash or in a crate when he cannot be watched 100% of the time.
      Take the dog out on schedule. Do not just send him out.
      Wait another 15-20 minutes after he goes to come inside.
      This will prevent him from holding it to keep the fun outside from ending.
      Feeding on schedule, 2 times per day, will keep his pooping to twice a day.
      Most dogs will poop 30 minutes before or after a meal.

    2. SIAN P says:

      oh bless its hard with an older dog, you know its not his fault, you didnt have him from young god knows would the poor thing has been through from his behaviour it sounds like hes had it hard, just be the same as you would train a young dog, my dog was trained at 8 weeks in a crate, he cryed every time there was a mess there, i cleaned it out i took a week, he didnt like neing in a mess, i thought a crate seemed nasty at first, but my boy loves it and although he has the run of the house he sometimes goes in his crate for some timeout if my kids are doing his head in, it was great to train him, now he thinks its his haven although always leabe it open he shouldnt be in prison, but have time alone if he likess, i do wish you well with this older dog, i prob am not much help but with your love im sure he will get it and the nerves wont get to him xx

    3. Debbie says:

      Take him out every hour or so, after he eats, plays, sleeps, and praise him when he goes outside. He doesn’t know he has to go out so you have to take him. If you do catch him then immediately take him out. Repetition is key.

    4. jamey says:

      Your doing all the right things and the dog will be very happy when he does realize just how lucky he/she really is. I would try to block off areas that are accessible to major damage… like carpet etc I would set a timer to go outside every hour and be sure to observe him closely to understand when he/she goes the bathroom. that way it will become obvious about what time to let him out. I know I have seen people use a "special" treat just that treat when the dog goes potty and chose a "special" word to go with that treat and that "bathroom" duty*_*
      It sounds like you are doing everything right, it will take some time for him to get use to his/her new place. (not just weeks but maybe months) Best of luck to you and Fido*_*

    5. FidosCityGuide says:

      Give it time this is a dog that has little human contact. Any time he responds to a word make sure he is awarded. As for house training, use the crate training method, nothing else will work with this dog. Find something the dog enjoys, get him involved in herding, what ever. Make it fun for the dog to learn.

    6. Giagal says:

      Here is a really good video:

      Make sure to watch the dog’s behavior when he is outside and before he goes to the bathroom, so you will know when he is about to go inside and you can interept him. Go outside with your dog as often as possible. Make sure you always take him to a dirt or grass service so he doesn’t go on an inappropriate service outdoors (concrete or patio).

    7. ms manners says:

      I caught a semi-feral dog who would actually run the other way when you spoke to him.
      He had been yelled at so much and run off so often that he thought any sound from humans meant LEAVE.

      I taught him to come by putting a long lead on him, calling him, pulling him toward me, and then giving him a treat when he got to me (over and over). It worked with him, and might work with your dog.

      Dogs tend to pick up on body language and signals more quickly than words, because body language is a dogs native "language". Words are a human construct, and a dog that has not been around humans much will have difficulty making the connection.

      As far as housetraining, treat him like a puppy. Dont wait for him to show you that he needs to go out. Feed him on a schedule, take him out every couple of hours during the day, right after eating, first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. If he refuses to mess outside, crate him inside the house until he figures out that OUTSIDE is the place you want him to go.

      Keep him away from carpeted areas inside the house, because most dogs will choose to go on a soft surface, not a hard surface, and remove any smell where he has had accidents with an enzyme product like Natures Miracle, so the scent will not draw him back.

      Once he figures out how things work, then you can give him more freedom in the house.

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