So you have a lovely, big dog who pees a lot, and a not so big yard, with brown urine-damaged grass patches. Not only is your yard unsightly, but it is not pleasant to use the lawn for games or relaxing, when you know a dog has peed all over it! Not only that, but when your neighbors see your big dog coming down the sidewalk and he lifts his leg on their lawn, creating urine damage to your neighbors' lawns, you are going to have some very unhappy neighbors. There goes your invitation to the next block party!
What to do? Teach your dog to pee on concrete. You can create a concrete potty area in your yard, and teach your dog to pee on concrete while out on walks. That will save your lawn and your neighbor's lawn. No more ugly brown patches!
Teaching your dog to pee on concrete in a designated potty area in your yard, and while out on walks, can be accomplished by teaching your dog to pee on command and giving that command when on a concrete surface, or by teaching your dog to pee only when on concrete surfaces. Sometimes a combination of both methods can be the most useful. You will need to spend time supervising your dog so that you capture a time when your dog needs to pee, in order to associate a verbal command, or ensure that a concrete surface is available for your dog to establish peeing on concrete, and reinforcing this behavior.
Treats will give your dog a reward for appropriate bathroom behaviors, making the training experience fun for your dog. Avoid punishing mistakes, learning to pee on concrete can be confusing for your dog at first. Have patience--don't make the experience unpleasant for your dog. You can create a cement potty area in your yard by pouring cement or by using concrete blocks. Be sure to prepare the area first, and have it accessible to a hose, so that you can wash the area off regularly.
We have just got a new dog ,and she will not wee on concrete we have tried to put fake grass down and She still will not wee. with our busy life we have not got time to take her for walks so she can go to the bathroom. We need new ideas quick.
Hello Angela, First, figure it what she will pee on: grass, pine straw, mulch, ect... Let's say she will pee on grass, place a real-grass disposable pad on the concrete (or a piece of grass sod). This needs to be real grass, astroturf doesn't feel like or smell like grass to a dog. Follow the Crate Training method from the article linked below and take her potty on the grass pad or sod that's been placed on the concrete, use a large piece or couple of grass pads put together at first if needed. Once she has learned "Go Potty" from the Crate Training method below and will go potty on the grass spot, then gradually make the sod or grass pad smaller overtime by removing pieces of it. Do this gradually so that she will have time to get comfortable with pottying in that location, such as over 1-2 months. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Grass pad - also on Amazon: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I can’t get him to pee outside. He will be outside for an hour and won’t pee or poop but soon as he comes in the house he’ll pee on the pad
Hello Alexia, If your end goal is for pup to learn to go potty outside, I highly suggest switching to the crate training method from the article linked below and getting rid of the pee pads, to avoid confusion. That method will cover what to do when pup doesn't go potty when you take them, how to time trips outside, and how to encourage pottying while out there. Once pup is beginning to get the hang of potty training, you can also use a combination of the crate training and the tethering methods found in the same article below, if you want pup to be with you more. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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