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Many adult rescue dogs accompany imperfect housetraining skills–or none at all–and even dogs who were potty trained in their previous homes sometimes need a refresher if they didn’t get regular walks at the shelter.
The good news is it’s fairly easy to show an old dog this new trick. In fact, adult dogs are usually easier and faster to housetrain than puppies, especially if you employ a crate.
The key to rock-solid potty training is to start out the day your dog comes home. If you stick closely to the subsequent routine, you ought to be ready to housetrain an adult dog within every week or less–though some pups need a touch more patience, and that’s okay, too.