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.
Depending on which of the methods you choose to try, the list of items you need may include:
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.
We just moved to a new house and want to train Boba to poop in on spot in the backyard. Because of the busyness of the move, we weren't able to train him and he's already found a spot to do his business, which is not an ideal location.
I get that we have to take him on a leash for training, but is there something we can put on the place he has already chosen? I heard cayman pepper might work?
Hello Jody, Cayenne pepper may help if he always sniffs before he goes because the smell might deter him, but hot pepper is a better deterrent for chewing on things rather than peeing. I suggest physically blocking the area off until he is trained to go in the new spot. The smell of him going in that spot will remain for a while even with another scent to mask it and that remaining smell will encourage him to keep going there. Look for a way to block him from getting to that spot for a while. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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