How to Train Your Dog to Pee in the Bathtub

Hard
1-3 Months
Behavior

Introduction

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. 

Defining Tasks

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. 

Getting Started

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:

  • Treats: As rewards for peeing where you tell him to.
  • Bathtub or shower: A place for your pup to go to the bathroom indoors when he needs to.
  • A section of fake grass: One training method uses this as a way to train your pup.
  • Time: Training your pup to pee in the tub is going to take time.
  • Patience: As always, you need plenty of patience during any type of training. 

The Truly Patient Method

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Clean the tub
Start by cleaning out the tub and rinsing it out thoroughly to remove all traces of chemicals. Your pup will not like the smell of cleaning chemicals, which can make training him that much harder.
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Introduce your pup to the tub
Getting your pup used to being around the tub and in it is a vital step in the training process. Spend plenty of time letting him get used to the tub, climbing in and out of it, being in it, and so forth. Be sure you have some kind of non-slip mat or surface in the bottom of the tub so he doesn't slip and fall.
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Keep the training sessions short
The most important part of this training is to keep all training sessions short; aim for 10-minute sessions to keep him interested in what is going on. Do this twice a day and keep him where you can see him the rest of the time.
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Try the tub
The next time your pup lets you know he needs to pee, take him to the tub, have him hop in and let him stand there until he pees. You must be patient, but if after ten minutes he still hasn't peed, go ahead and take him outside. If he does pee, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
Step
5
Keep working with him
Keep doing this every time he indicates the need to go outside, never scold him if he can't go. But be sure to reward him generously when he does. Dig in and be prepared to keep training him for a few weeks. In time, he will take care of business in the tub at night or when no one is home.
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The Artificial Turf Method

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Cut a chunk of fake grass
Start out by cutting a strip of fake green grass that is the length and width of the bottom of your bathtub or shower stall. Leave enough room for the tub drain to be exposed.
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Begin introductions
Lay the fake grass on the floor where your pup can get used to it. He might start out by sniffing it, laying on it, and playing with it. This is okay, be sure to give your pup treats each time he goes near the turf on purpose.
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3
Take the turf outside
Each time you take your dog outside to go to the bathroom, take the turf out with him and place it on the ground. This will help your pup to associate the fake grass with going to the bathroom.
Step
4
Let him pee on the turf
Now it's time to start teaching your pup to start peeing on the fake grass. Each time he does, be sure to praise him and give him a treat or two. Repeat this until he looks for the turf to pee on.
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5
Moving inside
Wash the turf and let him pee on it once, then put it in the tub (yes this is a bit gross) where your pup can see it and smell it. Take him in the bathroom, and show him where it is.
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Time to pee
Each time he needs to pee, take him into the bathroom where he can find his old friend, the piece of fake grass. Repeat this process until your pup goes to the bathroom and uses his piece of turf when he needs to pee. Be sure to give him lots of praise and a treat or two when he finally gets it right. Now you should be able to sleep at night or go to work without worrying about wet spots on your floors.
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The Every Two Hours Method

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Mark your puppy's need to pee
If you are working with a puppy, take note of how often he needs to go outside and pee. In most cases, it is approximately every two hours or so.
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Mark the spot
Collect a small sample of your dog's urine and place it in the tub. This is how your pup marks his territory outside and it will work to mark the tub or shower stall just as he does outside.
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Watch your pup
Keep a very close eye on your pup. As soon as he indicates that he might need to go pee, take him to the bathroom and place him in the tub.
Step
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Keep him there
Now you need to relax and give your pup plenty of time to take care of business. But, at the same time, keep these sessions to around ten minutes. If after ten minutes he hasn't peed, go ahead and take him outside.
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5
Keep trying
This trick is going to take a while for your pup to master. Bbe patient and keep trying it over and over again. The more you praise him for getting it right, the faster he is likely to master this new task and the sooner you can start sleeping through the night or go to work without worrying.
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Training Questions and Answers

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Bruno
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
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Bruno
Labrador Retriever
6 Months

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?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Coco
Poodle
7 Years
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Poodle
7 Years

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?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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coco
Maltese
2 Years
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Maltese
2 Years

Trying to train dog to pee and poop in shower. How can i do this?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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