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Boston Terriers are known for their intelligence and charm, but like all dogs, they can have issues with house training. Here are 10 tips to help prevent your Boston Terrier from peeing in the house.
Dogs thrive on routine. Set specific times for meals, walks, and potty breaks. This predictability helps your Boston Terrier understand when it’s time to go outside.
Young puppies, in particular, need to go outside often — usually every 1-2 hours, after meals, and after playtime. As they age, they can hold their bladder for longer periods.
When your Boston Terrier goes potty outside, reward them with treats, praise, or play. Positive reinforcement makes them more likely to repeat the behavior.
Keep an eye on your dog when they’re inside. If you notice signs that they need to go (like sniffing or circling), take them outside immediately.
A crate can be a useful tool in preventing your dog from peeing in the house. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their sleeping area, so a crate can help hold their bladder when you’re not around to supervise.
Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove the smell of urine from indoor accidents. If the smell remains, your dog may be tempted to mark the same spot again.
If there are rooms where your dog is more likely to have an accident, consider restricting their access to these areas until they are fully house-trained.
Be consistent with commands, rewards, and routines. Changing the rules confuses your dog and makes training more difficult.
Accidents will happen. Punishing your dog after the fact can do more harm than good, as it may lead to fear or anxiety.
If your house-trained Boston Terrier suddenly starts having accidents, it might be a sign of a health issue. Consult your vet to rule out any medical problems.
Remember, every dog is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Patience, consistency, and understanding are your best tools in house training your Boston Terrier.