How to Train Your Dog to Not Poop in the Yard

How to Train Your Dog to Not Poop in the Yard
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Introduction

Do you get tired of walking across the lawn barefoot only to step in a pile of poop? Or perhaps you just don’t want to have to keep cleaning up the mess. Wouldn't it be nice if you could teach your pup to do his business out in the woods, the long grass out in the fields, or just about anywhere but out in the yard? The good news is that your furry friend can be taught that "yes puppy dogs do poop in the woods" with just a little time and patience.

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Defining Tasks

While most dogs do tend to choose their own spot, which is why that one or two areas in the backyard are always brown, you can move the spot to somewhere outside of your yard. There are several methods of doing so, all of which can be used with similar results. With consistent effort, you can put an end to this problem in less than a month.

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Getting Started

Depending on which of the methods you choose to try, the list of items you need may include:

  • Your pup's favorite treats as a reward for getting it right.
  • A command word that can be used to make your pup poop on command.
  • A specific location you want him to use as his personal restroom.
  • A lot of patience, kind words, and praise.

As with most forms of training, the fewer distractions your dog must deal with the easier it will be for him to focus on what you are trying to teach him. The big thing here is that you need to have an area picked out where it is "okay" for him to relieve himself. With proper training, you can train him to use this area and even further to the point at which you can be out far away from his home and he will still poop on command.

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The House Training Method

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The concept

Remember how you how you trained your pup not to do his business in the house? You can use a very similar method to train your dog not to poop in the yard.

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Stick together

Never let your dog out in the yard alone.

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Discourage pooping in the wrong spot

When you see him act like he is ready to poop correct him by saying "No!"

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Find a good spot

Put him on the leash and take him for a walk to the area where you want him to go.

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Reward!

When he finally goes, give him lots of praise and a treat.

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Be patient

This method will take a fair amount of your time and patience and there are going to be accidents, be sure to praise him when he gets it right, but never punish him for getting it wrong. Before long, your pup will be begging you to go for those longer walks together so he can take his evening constitutional.

The Poop Placement Method

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The concept

For this method, you will need to collect a small amount of your dog's poop that you can place in the area you want him to start using.

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Location, location, location

Place one or two small piles of your pup's poop in the area where you want him to poop.

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Find the new spot

Grab a bag of treats and take him for a walk to the area you have "marked."

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Get comfortable

Let your pup sniff around the area for a little while. He will eventually mark it by peeing.

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Keep it up

He might not poop there the first time, but keep taking him back the area and add more fresh poop to encourage him to start using the area. When he finally does, be sure to give him lots of praise and one of his favorite treats.

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Extra effort

This method may be one of the faster ways to teach your dog to poop somewhere besides your yard. The hard part is you still have to keep picking up his poop to "seed" the new spot you have chosen. Be sure to use lots of praise and rewards for when he gets it right.

The Poop on Command Method

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The concept

This method of training your dog to "poop on command" is very popular as you can then use it anywhere you and your dog happen to be. Start out with a positive attitude and ready to have tons of patience.

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Introduce command

At this point choose your command, you could use "go potty" or simply "poop" whatever feels comfortable. Use the word in a commanding tone that lets your dog associate the word with the action.

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Repeat

Repeat this for a few days and then as he gets ready to poop, immediately walk him to the area where you want him to poop.

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Command + location

Give the command you have chosen and allow your dog to sniff around until he finally poops. Give him lots of praise and a treat.

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Stick it out

It may take a couple more weeks or so for your pup to put it all together, but once he does, you will be able to use this command anywhere you take your dog.

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Consistency is key

Teaching your dog not to poop in the yard shouldn’t be any harder than teaching him not to do his business in the house. You can extend the same type of training to when he pees. The most important thing to remember is that consistency is the key to any successful training program and that means for every member of the house who takes him out to do his business.

By Amy Caldwell

Published: 10/24/2017, edited: 01/08/2021

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How to train your dog not to poop in the in the yard

Dec. 26, 2021

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Hello Tashinga, For pup to learn what you are wanting to teach, they will need to be taken potty to the specific location on leash (one area of the yard you only want them to go potty in, or going potty while on a walk first), rewarded for going potty in the correct location/outing, and not given access to the rest of the yard when they have not recently peed and pooped in the correct location and might need to go. This is generally done for one year to create the type of long term habit that's needed to train this. For a dog you want to go potty on a walk, this looks like taking pup potty on a walk, and after they go potty on the walk you can let them play in the yard but not leave them in the yard for more than an hour, so they don't feel the need to pee again while out there until after the next walk. Another option is to teach pup to go to a certain location on cue while you watch them go from the door into your fence. This option doesn't ensure they always go in that spot with the same level of certainty, but if you want to give more freedom in your yard and not work on this for as long, it can be a good compromise with a decent outcome. This option would apply for a dog you are wanting to go potty in a certain area of the yard and not one you want to go potty while on a walk or on an indoor potty. To teach this, take pup to a specific location on leash, making that location stand out visibly in some way, like a little fence or area of grass surrounded by pine straw, or something else distinct. Teach pup a cue that they associate with going to that location, such as "Go Potty", by leading them there and rewarding them when they go potty in that spot. As they learn that location, start sending them from slightly closer to the house so they are walking those couple of last feet to the spot on their own. To do this you would stand a couple of feet away from the potty spot, then gradually add distance one foot at a time, until you have worked your way back to sending them from the doorway of your home that lets out into the yard, on command. This route won't ensure they never go potty in another spot, but it will give you the ability to send them to their spot when you first let them outside, so they will go there under your supervision without you having to walk all the way outside, then if you want to let them play outside without you in the fence for a while, the chance of them going potty in other spots is decreased since they already went. This process should take a few weeks to train instead of an entire year and allow pup to have more freedom in the yard this year. If you very strictly need pup to never go potty in other spots, I would commit to the year long process on leash though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

Dec. 27, 2021

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I am trying to teach them to poop when we go for a walk, and not in the yard. I tried with praises and treats, and now they know that they will receive something when they poop outside... right after they poop, they "ask" for the treat. But they still do not poop every time we walk, and they still poop in the yard...

Sept. 2, 2021

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Hello Ezequiel, At this age each dog will probably need to poop 2-3 times a day, 2 most likely, opposed to every time you take them out. When dogs are younger, they will often poop within 15-45 minutes of eating and after a lot of physical exercise. Some dogs continue that schedule into adulthood, so you can't try monitoring each and see if that's the case for any of them so you can better predict when they will need to go. For the dog who isn't as regular, generally pup will poop once in the morning sometime after breakfast, and once in the evening sometime after dinner. You would need to take pup on a walk to go potty for every potty break during that part of the day until they poop until you give access to the yard. Yard access would happen right after they have pooped on a walk, or for potty outings after pooping earlier that half of the day, but before the need to poop again in the evening. The most sure fire way to keep pup from pooping in your yard is to always take pup for a walk to go potty, and only give freedom in the yard after they have pottied fully, taking them back inside after the walk if they haven't pooped yet during that half of the day instead of giving play in the yard. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

Sept. 3, 2021


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