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House training an older dog doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, newly adopted older dogs can be more motivated to learn than young puppies.
Case in point: Snickers is a 4-year-old Pomeranian mix who was owned by an elderly man who passed away. The man’s family either didn’t want or couldn’t take in Snickers, so a rescue group placed him in a new home. In the new home, Snickers' new owners quickly fell in love with him but were startled — and frustrated — by Snickers' poor house-training habits.
Keep in mind that newly adopted adult dogs may be confused in new surroundings and unsure where to relieve themselves. In addition, the dog and his new owners may not yet be communicating well. But be patient and watchful, and you can be successful in house training your new adult dog. We share these six key strategies:
And we are happy to report that Snickers has aced his house training and is enjoying his new home.
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