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.
How can I stop my Rumanian rescue dog from doing her toilets on the lawn . I have a concrete area that I would prefer her to use
Hello Stephen, First, know that its natural for a dog to want to go potty somewhere absorbent like the grass, that's why pup is preferring the grass. Second, in order to accomplish your goal pup will likely need to be taken potty to the concrete on leash for a year, to create a long term habit of going on the concrete area and not ending up in the grass while off leash in a fenced area. Creating a small grass area where you are okay with pup going in just that part of the grass is often an easier training option, if you choose to do so. Third, reward pup with a treat each time pup goes potty where you want them too. Fourth, I would purchase a disposable real grass pad or piece of grass sod and put it on the concrete area. For about a month, take pup to that spot, reward when they go potty on that, then once pup is going quickly on that spot, slowly cut away at the grass piece (unless you want to install a permanent grass area no the concrete eventually), until pup is finally going potty on that spot. Fifth, pup's paws may get wet each time they go potty on the concrete. You may want to add gravel (pup won't love this texture), grass, or sand to the concrete area pup will be going on, to help absorb pup's urine to help with run off. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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