Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Chiefly British To housebreak.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To teach a house pet to urinate and defecate outside or in a designated location in the home.

Etymologies

house +‎ train (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This public thinks that I look "like a dog" and use my column to housetrain the folks I resemble!

    Woman drives 200 miles to kill internet commenter?

  • You do it the same way you housetrain a puppy - by rubbing their noses in it and smacking them upside the head with a rolled-up newspaper.

    New Ad Stars Fellow McCain POW Suggesting He's Unfit To Be President

  • In the next hundred days, we will housetrain our dog, Bo, because the last thing Tim Geithner needs is someone else treating him like a fire hydrant.

    White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

  • Stormy dog was hard to housetrain, it took months for him to get it, even with crate training.

    The Agony of Home Renovations

  • You'd think they'd stop printing this sort of thing on paper by now, but I suppose if they did people would have nothing to housetrain their new puppies on.

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  • I hope they housetrain him and he finds a home soon.

    A bit of a "pupdate" ...

  • My idea was the keep the dog in her kennel when we weren't home, but let her out in spurts throughout the day when we were there so that she could get used to the house and we could housetrain her.

    A dog's life

  • So, after witnessing this experience, I knew I would have to leave the dog in the cage to sleep and when no one was around, but I didn't mind since this is a good way to housetrain a puppy.

    A dog's life

  • And one of the first things he does is try to not just housetrain his dog, but potty-train his dog, and he (UNINTELLIGIBLE) also, you know, does all kinds of things that are very selfishly motivated.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2003

  • IG's are great for apartments like that, but they can be hard to housetrain (crate-training helps with that though). i would strongly encourage you to check out local rescues, whichever breed you decide on. we foster for an IG rescue, and they have wonderful dogs of all ages and temperments.

    Apartment Therapy Main

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