Whether you are bringing home a puppy or an adult dog, transitional housetraining is always required. Even if your dog was housetrained in his previous home, retraining is required to help your dog adjust to your schedule and rules. Few things are more aggravating as a dog owner than having to clean up urine and poop from your floor. Always keep in mind that your dog is not being a "bad dog", he is just learning how things work in his new home.
The main goal of transitional housetraining is helping your dog learn a new routine that fits into your daily schedule. Consistency is the most important element. Even if you don't get up at the same time each morning, you can go through the same routine every day to help your dog adjust. Your dog should have at least 4 potty breaks a day: first thing in the morning, before you leave for work, when you get home from work, and before bed. Keep in mind on your days off to offer a potty break every 2-3 hours until your dog is fully housetrained.
Timid or abused dogs may not feel confident enough to go potty while out on a walk. If your dog does not potty on walks, make sure to fit in a potty break out in the yard in your schedule to avoid accidents in the house. See the tips below for more ideas on how to make housetraining easier for you and your new best friend.