Do you have the worst lawn on the block, dotted with dog poop like an obstacle course? Not only is it unsightly to have your lawn used as your dog's bathroom, but kids or adults playing on, or walking across, the lawn can end up with dog poop on the bottom of their shoes, and then even worse, track it into your house! In addition, dog poop is hard to clean up off grass, even with your best efforts, residual poop sticks to the blades of grass. If you frequently walk your dog and do not want your dog to poop on other people's lawns, which makes you unpopular with your neighbors, you will need to train your dog to use an alternative bathroom surface at home and when out in public.
Create a designated bathroom space in your yard or home that is not grass covered. You can kill existing grass with a non-toxic grass killer and cover it in mulch or cement blocks, or designate a corner of a cement patio. Fencing the area off with rope, portable exercise pen fencing, or garden edging may create a more visual barrier helping to designate the area. Inside your home, you can use puppy pads or an area covered with newspapers. During training, you will want to use a leash to direct your dog to his designated area and control the dog in the area if necessary. Create a feeding schedule that will help you to be able to determine at what time your dog will need to poop. A regular routine will help the training process, by making you available when needed so you can direct your dog to poop where you want. You should have treats on hand for rewards, or better yet, some time available to play with and provide affection for your dog after they have done their business.