Definition of housebreak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhousbrāk/ /ˈhaʊsbreɪk/

Translate housebreak into Spanish

transitive verbhousebroke, housebroken

[with object]North American
  • Train (a pet) to urinate and defecate outside the house or only in a special place.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Dog Crates / Dog Cages offer an effective way to housebreak puppies or keep your pets safe either at home or away.’
    • ‘The process for housebreaking a dog is the same if he is a puppy or an adult dog new to your home.’
    • ‘The key to housebreaking your puppy is close supervision.’
    • ‘It wasn't anything particularly evil or sinister, instead more on the lines of someone who'd just managed to housebreak a small puppy.’
    • ‘He never bestirred himself to even housebreak his dogs.’
    • ‘Remember when you are trying to housebreak a new puppy, even those that usually use the backyard sometimes go in the house.’
    • ‘This tool is magic for housebreaking a dog, and to discourage nipping.’
    • ‘‘They can be difficult to housebreak,’ says Milton.’
    • ‘When using a crate to housebreak, puppies need to be taken out frequently just as if you were not using the crate.’
    • ‘At times, it was almost like Dennis was not a kid but a pet in need of better housebreaking.’