Definition of housebreak in English:



North American
  • Train (a pet) to urinate and defecate outside the house or only in a special place; house-train.

    ‘an elephant is exceedingly difficult to housebreak’
    ‘wolves are almost never housebroken’
    • ‘When you first get your virtual pet back home, one of the biggest challenges, as it is in real life, is to housebreak it.’
    • ‘He never bestirred himself to even housebreak his dogs.’
    • ‘When using a crate to housebreak, puppies need to be taken out frequently just as if you were not using the crate.’
    • ‘In fact, most rescue volunteers do their best to ensure the dogs are housebroken and know some basic commands.’
    • ‘At times, it was almost like Dennis was not a kid but a pet in need of better housebreaking.’
    • ‘It wasn't anything particularly evil or sinister, instead more on the lines of someone who'd just managed to housebreak a small puppy.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the dog is not housebroken and loves to chew wood, inside and out.’
    • ‘This tool is magic for housebreaking a dog, and to discourage nipping.’
    • ‘Some of these creatures, like the dogs and cats, also have to be housebroken.’
    • ‘While puppies have the advantage of not yet having developed any bad habits, it will be up to you to be sure your puppy is housebroken and obedience trained.’
    • ‘Those put up for adoption are usually housebroken - or close to it - and have had at least basic obedience training.’
    • ‘My dog had previously been housebroken, given to the pound, and I had to retrain him.’
    • ‘He's not housebroken, but he'll pose for pictures.’
    • ‘Dog Crates / Dog Cages offer an effective way to housebreak puppies or keep your pets safe either at home or away.’
    • ‘Once a dog is housebroken, it won't soil its crate.’
    • ‘Remember when you are trying to housebreak a new puppy, even those that usually use the backyard sometimes go in the house.’
    • ‘No one wants a dog who isn't housebroken, who runs away or into the street, who won't sit, come or stay when you want him to.’
    • ‘Best of all, she is completely housebroken and uses a litterbox 100% of the time.’
    • ‘Mrs. Burke says they're housebroken and gentle and good with kids.’
    • ‘The key to housebreaking your puppy is close supervision.’
    • ‘They are over their puppy-hood and usually housebroken.’
    • ‘She's a German Shepherd / Retriever / Chow mix and very nice. Plus she's housebroken and spayed, so that's all taken care of.’
    • ‘She is a housebroken, friendly 6 year old who does not like other animals.’
    • ‘The process for housebreaking a dog is the same if he is a puppy or an adult dog new to your home.’
    • ‘Some dogs are housebroken much faster than others.’
    • ‘‘They can be difficult to housebreak,’ says Milton.’