How to Train Your Dog to Pee on Concrete

Medium
2-4 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

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!

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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.

The Pee on Command Method

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Prepare
Choose a command such as, “go pee”. Make sure your dog has access to lots of water so he has urine to pass. A dry dog is pretty hard to train to pee on command!
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Go to concrete
Take your dog to go pee, on a leash, to a concrete area like a sidewalk or road, or a designated potty area prepared with cement surface.
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Provide command
Provide the 'go pee' command and wait for your dog to pee. This may take quite a while. Ignore your dog while you wait. When he does pee, repeat the verbal command to reinforce the association, especially if a significant time period has lapsed since the original command. When he has finished, say “yes”, and give him a treat. If he does not pee, take him back inside.
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Establish command
Repeat the process daily for several days. The time between giving the initial command and your dog peeing should decrease. When the behavior is well-established you can try taking your dog off leash. Call your off leash dog to a cement area, or to his cement bathroom area and give the 'go pee' command.
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Use on walks
Once your dog is peeing on command you can use the command when on walks. Give the command on the sidewalk or in an alleyway, not in the park or a neighbor's lawn.
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The Designate and Direct Method

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Create cement bathroom
Create a designated cement bathroom area for your dog in your yard. You can use cement blocks or poured cement. You can use a barrier of some sort, such as garden fence, plant pots, or portable fencing to create a barrier, that helps designate the spot, to help your dog distinguish it. If your dog already tends to use an area of your yard and it is convenient, make that area your designated bathroom area, this will contribute to training success.
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Take dog to cement
When you let your dog out to pee, do not let him run around on your lawn, instead take your dog to his designated cement area on a leash, or carry him.
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Direct as required
Wait in the area, either on leash to keep the dog in the cement bathroom area or if off leash, if the dog leaves the area before going pee, redirect him by calling him back or making a loud noise such as clapping to redirect him back to his bathroom area.
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Reward for using cement
When your dog pees in his area, reward him with attention and a treat, take him to the grassy area to play or have free time. Supervise at first if your dog looks like he is going to relieve himself again in the grass. Immediately go take him back to his cement bathroom area.
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Establish cement bathroom
Gradually give your dog more space and off-leash training in his cement bathroom area, continue to supervise and redirect him as necessary. If your dog has an “accident” and pees on the grass, take your dog inside, playtime is over. Do not punish him any other way. He will come to learn that play on the grass is a reward for using his bathroom and not peeing on the grass and that peeing on the grass means no playtime. Rinse cement off regularly so the area does not become soiled.
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The Create Associations Method

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Provide cement bathroom
Create a designated bathroom area with cement blocks or using an area of a cement patio. This will be used to teach your dog to pee on cement only.
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Reward using cement bathroom
Contain your dog in his cement area in the yard with fencing or on leash until he goes pee. Do not give access to grassy areas. When your dog pees on the cement, reward him and give access to your lawn. If the dog pees on the lawn, take him inside immediately.
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Take it to the streets
Start taking your dog out on a leash in the neighborhood. Give a command to pee if you have taught your dog to pee on command on cement surfaces, or keep your dog on cement until your dog goes pee on the cement. Reward for peeing on cement.
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Reinforce using cement
Give your dog access to grass after peeing on cement. If your dog pees on the grass, end the walk.
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Create association
Eventually your dog will learn to associate peeing with cement surfaces and reward and avoid peeing on grass or lawn, as this ends walks or outside time. You will need to ensure that your dog has access to cement surfaces in order to relieve himself regularly. It is unfair to restrict his urinating behavior and then not provide him with the opportunity to relieve himself.
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Written by Laurie Haggart

Published: 11/09/2017, edited: 01/08/2021

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Remy
Rat Terrier
1 Year
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Rat Terrier
1 Year

My dog Remy has been trained to pee on pee-pee pads since he was 2 months old because we live in an apartment building and the sidewalks were not safe for him until he was fully vaccinated. Were trying to housetrain him but he only goes pee inside the house even though we have taken away all of his pads. We have also taken his pads down onto the street but he still will not go. He only wants to go home so that then right after he can go pee. Lucia.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
945 Dog owners recommended

Hello Luca, I recommend crate training him so that he is only given freedom in your home after going potty outside, since accidents inside need to be stopped through management before pup will begin to feel motivated to want to go outside on his own. The crate also utilizes a dog's natural desire to keep a confined space clean, which can help pup start generalizing that desire to the rest of your home. Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for him. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the small and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. The method I have linked below was written for younger puppies, since your dog is older you can adjust the times and take him potty less frequently. I suggest taking him potty every 3 hours when you are home. After 1.5 hours (or less if she has an accident sooner) or freedom out of the crate, return him to the crate while his bladder is filling back up again until it has been 3 hours since his last potty trip. When you have to go off he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for 5-7 hours - less at first while he is getting used to it and longer once he is accustomed to the crate. Only have him wait that long when you are not home though, take him out about every 3 hours while home. You want him to get into the habit of holder his bladder between trips and not just eliminating whenever he feels the urge and you want to encourage that desire for cleanliness in your home - which the crate is helpful for. Less freedom now means more freedom later in life. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If he is not already used to a crate, expect crying at first. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a dog food stuffed hollow chew toy to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. If he continues protesting for long periods of time past 3-5 days, you can use a Pet Convincer. Work on teaching "Quiet" but using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. If he disobeys your command and keep crying or stops but starts again, spray a small puff of air from the Pet convincer at his side through the crate while saying "Ah Ah" calmly, then leave again. If he stays quiet after you leave you can periodically sprinkle treats into the crate to reward quietness. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Only use the unscented air from the Pet Convincers - don't use citronella, it's too harsh and lingers for too long so can be confusing. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Baxter
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Weeks
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Baxter
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Weeks

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

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
945 Dog owners recommended

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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lola
Britishbulldog
1 Year
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lola
Britishbulldog
1 Year

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.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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