Are you still getting up in the middle of the night to take your pup outside to pee? Isn't this getting a little old? What about when you have to be at work all day long, is your pup peeing on the floor and leaving you a big wet mess to clean up? What if you could train your dog to pee in the bathtub when there is no one around to take him outside.
Okay, I can already hear you saying "Eww that's gross!" But then again, how gross is it having to clean up the mess on your floor every time he pees on it? While most dogs are taught to go to the bathroom outside, which can be a hard habit to break, you can teach them to pee in the tub. It won't be easy, but in time your pup will be happy to have a place to pee inside where he won't get in trouble for doing so.
This command goes completely against your dog's training to pee outside. After all, haven't you already spent countless hours teaching him that the only place he is supposed to pee, or for that matter poop, is outside? Of course, you could always use a crate to prevent your pup peeing on the floor, but your dog doesn't deserve to spend hour upon hour locked up.
There is no real command here, it is in all reality more about teaching your pup a new behavior. One that will keep him out of trouble and allow him to relieve himself when needed, rather than trying to hold it in for longer than he should be doing. Take your time and be patient, it will happen.
When it comes to training your pup to pee in the bathtub, or for that matter a shower stall, the biggest thing you will need is plenty of patience and time in order to make this training stick. You will need a few supplies to get things off to a good start. Which ones you need will depend on the method of training you decide to use. Among these are:
Trying to train dog to pee and poop in shower. How can i do this?
Hello JJ, First you will need to make sure that Coco has access to the shower if you want your dog to go there on his own when he needs to eliminate. If your shower is raised then you will need to create some type of ramp or stairs up to the shower and then down into the shower, and will need to leave the door open to the shower. If the shower is easily accessed then just leaving the door open should work. Use whatever material Coco is used to peeing and pooping on now, to transition him to the shower. If he normally goes on grass outside, then use a piece of grass sod, or if he normally goes on pee pads then use those to train. It can be anything that he already associates with eliminating. Place a foot by foot area of that type of material in the shower. Crate your dog, and every two hours take him into the shower, onto that material, and tell him to "Go potty". If he goes, then praise him and give him a treat. If he does not, then take him back to the crate, and try again in thirty minutes. Repeat this until your dog will go in the shower on the material. To make this easier for your dog, you can also purchase a spray designed to encourage elimination, it is usually in the house breaking or puppy section of your local pet store, and called "Training Spray", "Hurry Spray", or something similar. Spray that spray onto the material in your shower right before you bring your dog over to it, and then let him sniff where you sprayed it when he arrives. If your dog is used to holding his bladder for long periods of time during the day while in the crate, then you can continue to do that, so that he will not have an accident inside your home, while teaching this, but whenever you are home take him to the shower every two hours, and only give him freedom in your home when he has peed or pooped during the last two hours, and is unlikely to have an accident. When your dog will consistently use the bathroom on the material in the shower, then gradually decrease the amount of material or the size of the material over the course of a month. Do this until your dog will eliminate in the shower without any material in there. Go slowly with decreasing the material, taking away only a couple of inches at a time. Again, keep your dog confined unless he has eliminated in the past two hours, until he begins to go to the shower when he needs to eliminate on his own. Every two hours, when your dog is not in the crate, take your dog to the shower, to show him where to go, and reward him if he goes potty. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We have moved to snowy mountain area and can have up to 6 feet of snow surrounding the house. Coco is >9 lbs! If I can train her to use shower, what is best solution for cleaning shower that does not deter her sensitive doggie nose, but disinfects at same time?
Hello Anita Jo, Check out Whip It. It is safe to use on most household surfaces, including showers, is actually enzyme based so it should break down poop and pee to remove the smell fully, and is advertised as being disinfecting and germ killing. The link below is to a concentrate bottle. That bottle should make up to thirty-two diluted spray bottles. Making the price less expensive than the product appears to be. It's also advertised as being non-toxic, making is safe to use around Coco. The smell is not strong, but if she has issues with it, then hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle or vinegar in a spray bottle can also be used, but won't do all of those things that I mentioned Whip It would do. I do not sell Whip It myself, but have used it personally. https://www.amazon.com/Whip-Concentrate-Multi-Purpose-Stain-Remover/dp/B00DKEWA92 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy scratches walls and starts barking every couple of hours. I go to office and my father-in-law really has a hard time keeping him calm. He is excessively naughty and bites while playing. What can I do to keep him calm while I am away?
Hello Nisha, First, if he is not already crate trained, I would highly suggest doing that. Start by getting him used to the crate over the weekend and for a bit in the evenings when you are home from work. To crate train, check out the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Once Bruno is crate trained, if he was not already, then when your father-in-law needs a break or Bruno is acting a bit crazy, which is normal for puppies at times, put him into a strong Exercise Pen or crate and give him a really great food stuffed chew toy. The article above includes instructions for how to stuff a large Kong toy to make the toy more interesting. If he barks, make sure that you spent time getting him familiar with the crate beforehand like the article above mentions. If you have done that, then your father-in-law can correct the barking with a Pet Convincer, which is a small canister of unscented, pressurized air. When he barks, have your father-in-law tell him "Ah-Ah" and if he continues, have him squirt a small puff of air at his side to surprise him, to stop the barking, then have your father-in-law leave again. Do not spray him in the face. If Bruno remains quiet for five minutes, have your father-in-law return to him and sprinkle a bunch of treats into the crate as a reward for being quiet, and then leave again. As Bruno improves, your father-in-law can have him go longer and longer before occasionally rewarding him for being quiet, until the food stuffed chew toy is his only reward and he has learned to quietly and calmly rest in the crate and entertain himself with the chew toy. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Also, make sure that he is being exercised a couple of times per day. He needs not just physical exercise but also mental exercise to challenge his brain. Structured walks, where you practice heeling and other obedience, like sit, down, and attention are good for accomplishing both. Games of fetch, where you make him sit and incorporate obedience commands into the game are good. Twenty-minute training sessions, where he is having to focus and learn something new or hard for him, are good. If you do not have the time to do this yourself, you might want to consider hiring a dog walker or trainer or sending him to a good doggie daycare part of the days. Also, look up automatic treat dispensing devices for when he is loose in the house. AutoTrainer and PetTutor are two such devices. These devices are filled with your dog's dry dog food, and then a piece is occasionally released to your dog to automatically reward him for being quiet and calm. This can give him something to work on and help him learn how to be calm. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi Caitlin, as we’re moving to a new apartment soon and we’re thinking about training our dog to pee in the bathtub, we are worried about the pee that would stain the bathtub over a period of time. Is there anything you would recommend to use for cleaning? Or are there any preventions of stains? Thank you.
Hello Faye, Check out the cleaner "Whit It" which can be bought online on places like amazon. It is an enzymatic cleaner so should break down the pee at a molecular level. It is also non-toxic, removes smell, and deals with tough build up well if you let it soak. If you do get stains despite using an enzymatic cleaner, using a magic eraser to clean your tub occasionally should also help. The most important thing will be to rinse the bathtub after he pees so that the urine does not just sit in the tub for too long. I suggest purchasing a handheld shower sprayer to attach to the current shower head to make spraying the tub clean easier. If your tub is made of porcelain a pumice stone may also help when cleaning the bathtub. I do not know of an effective way to prevent the stains other than cleaning it routinely enough and spraying fresh urine down the tub with water. Most preventatives involve putting a chemical in water in something like a toilet bowl or mixing it into the water source that washes the urine away, but having your dog stand in water and chemicals to pee is not something I would recommend because of difficulty with training that and the chemical irritation. You might be able to create something that mixes with the water in your shower head when you go to rinse the tub, to automatically add the enzymes to break down the pee while it gets washed away. Simply spraying the tub with water first, then spraying it with the enzymatic cleaner quickly would be almost as fast though. Cleaning male urinals in public restrooms would be the most similar situation stain-wise because of how the urine sits on the urinal instead of in water like a toilet. Many urinals with tough stains are actually cleaned with enzymatic pet stain removers like "whip It" or "Urine Away". Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog has peed in the tub on his own a few times but it's not a very clean thing because he gets his feet wet and then jumps out of the tub onto the floor and bathmats. He has even stopped and licked his feet before leaving the bathroom. That's very unsanitary.
If it were going to work(I'm sure it won't because he isn't housebroken and goes in the most convenient spot if allowed) there would need to be some kind of tub mat with drainage holes and suction cups under it so it would be raised a little. Then he wouldn't be standing on top of the liquid. As he jumps out of the tub, there would need to be an appropriate mat on the floor to absorb any residue of urine that may exist on his feet.
Hello Susan, Look into horse stall mats and kennel run mats with drainage for the tub, such as the video linked below - this would need to be rinsed off quickly in the tub at the end of the day using a shower hose attachment to help it stay cleaner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgH6l-ElDhk Check out this article for some ideas for a mat. I would suggest something highly absorbent that is kind of thick so that the mat surrounds his paws a bit to clean the sides off too. Having a longer, runner type mat should also help too because then he will have to step on it several times before leaving the bathroom - absorbing more moisture with each step. https://www.bustle.com/p/the-6-most-absorbent-bath-rugs-2910275 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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