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How to Potty Train a Rescue


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Since this site mainly features on how to potty train a puppy and many people take in rescue dogs we thought we’d take a quick look at how to potty train a rescue.

The first thing I’d like to stress is that if you find a dog on the street you should be doing something to get that dog back to their owner. There could be a family missing him or her very much. Your locals police station can usually handle it if you don’t want to look after him or her yourself. You should also be careful approaching stray dogs on the street. I’ve had some which run right up to me and I’ve slipped my own dogs leash on them while trying to find their owner and others which were obviously scared and acted defensively as I approached. Don’t put yourself at risk trying to slip on a lead. In these situations i tend to tell other dog walkers around me to spread the word while following the stray dog to see if they’ll calm down around me. More often than not word gets around to the owner who turns up.

But back on the topic of how to potty train a rescue. If it is a rescue puppy then there is no real difference. A puppy who was rescued from the street or an abusive household will probably learn more or less the same was as a puppy from the litter. Some may be shy or nervous to begin with, scolding in a loud voice as a deterrent may scare them but they’ll soon learn you’re there to feed and play with them rather than mistreat them.

There is a common saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ and I would like to understand the source because in actual fact, you can. When dealing with how to potty train a rescue its very likely it will be a slightly older dog you’re dealing with. But, not to worry, the only real difference in how to potty train a puppy and how to potty train an older rescue dog is the time it can take. The older dog is likely to learn a little slower, but they will still learn and by using many of the same methods.

Just to finish up, there are certain things you should be keeping in mind when taking in a rescue dog. If they have been mistreated they’re more likely to be a little nervous around new people for example and there are certain things you should be doing but your vet, animal centre or other web resources can help you. It’s a little out of the scope on an article about how to potty train a rescue dog.


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  • About us

    Hello, Chris here and thanks for stopping by. I hope I'll be able to help you learn how to potty train a puppy without too much of a headache!

    There's nothing quite like living with a dog and I've potty trained a fair few in my time. I put this site together to help people who were having problems potty training a puppy.

    It doesn't have to be as hard as people make out and the guides you'll find here should make things nice and easy for you.