5 Common Housebreaking Problems

Housebreaking problems are a common source of stress and frustration for many new dog owners. In an ideal world, our canine companions would join our family household already possessing an inbuilt understanding of the need to toilet outdoors. But, unfortunately, this is a process that must be taught by us humans – and one that is fraught with potential problems. Below are five of the most common housebreaking problems:

Lack of Supervision

It should go without saying that if you have a dog that is, as yet, unhousetrained, you will need to be continually watchful. But it is surprising how many owners allow their dogs to have the run of the house and then complain that the dog keeps soiling in their bedroom.

We all lead busy lives and it’s simply not possible to watch over our dogs 24/7, but until such time as your dog is fully housetrained, you would be well advised to confine him to one room of your house, or alternatively use a crate, to ensure that soiling is kept to a minimum.

Insufficient Outdoor Time

Your puppy or dog will only form the connection between toileting and outside if he has sufficient opportunity to consistently perform the required action in the required place. And that means that you need to give him maximum opportunity by getting him outside as often as you possibly can and waiting with him for as long as it takes for him to perform, no matter what time of day and no matter how bad the weather.

Irregular Meal Times and Poor Diet

As far as bowel movements are concerned, if your dog eats at regular times, his bowel movements should be at regular times too, giving you a better chance of being able to get him outside at the right time. If, however, your dog’s feeding times are erratic, or you keep changing the type of food you offer or, worse still, you offer your dog lots of treats and tidbits in between meal times, you have to expect that your dog may need to go at any time.

Separation Anxiety

It is normal for us to form a strong bond with our dogs but sometimes this bond is allowed to develop into an unhealthy dependency from our dog’s point of view. If we lavish our dogs with too much attention and allow them to constantly follow us around and be involved in everything we do, then it is perhaps hardly surprising that when we need to go out and leave them behind, our dogs can become highly anxious – a situation that is not helped by the fact that they are confined.  Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety will show their distress in many negative ways, such as housebreaking problems.


There are many diseases that can cause a dog to drink, and so urinate, excessively. Liver diseases, kidney and bladder diseases, diabetes and problems with the central nervous system can all cause excessive urination and will need to be controlled or cured in order to resolve the problem.

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