Have you just got a rescue dog, that you haven’t had a chance to teach recall to yet, so you always have to walk him on the leash? Do you find that he won’t go for a pee unless he’s off leash and in the house? By now, you’re sick and tired of always having to wipe up those smelly damp patches that are turning your nice clean carpet a shade of yellow. Even if your dog knows recall, sometimes it’s not appropriate to let them off the leash or maybe they’re sick and you need to monitor how much urine they’re producing, therefore, training them to pee on the leash is a useful skill regardless. Now is the time to teach your pooch to pee while on-leash.
This command is important because although it’s not natural for dogs to want to pee on the leash, imagine going to the bathroom in front of someone. Dogs like their privacy too. However, learning the command will have lots of practical benefits, such as always checking their toileting habits are ok and picking up something abnormal quicker if your pet gets sick, as they’ll be peeing close by. Learning this command will save you those unpleasant hours cleaning up urine off of the floor, if they’re peeing inside because you can’t let them off the leash, which is the case for life for some dogs that are dog aggressive or those that have poor recall such as Pomeranians. Another benefit is that you can get them to go in a designated spot, if you want to keep your backyard urine free for example. It will take a few weeks to train your pooch to learn this trick and it is best suited to younger dogs, while they’re still learning. However, older dogs can be trained also.
To begin training your pooch to pee on-leash, you’ll need some high-value treats such as boiled chicken, hot dogs, or cheese. If you’re teaching your 8-week old pupper to pee on a leash straight away it would also be a good idea to fence off an area of a room and keep him in it when he’s unattended so it’s easier to see him showing you signs of going, so you can get him on that leash and outside. When he has an accident inside, you’ll need to correct him but not scare him, so make sure your voice is firm and authoritative, but not frightening. And when he does his business on the leash, make sure your voice is rewarding and encouraging, you’ll need to make the training fun for him. Now let’s get started.
Mickey is a new rescue who has had a fenced yard to pee and poop his entire life. We need to train him to pee and poop while on leash. He has refused to pee or poop outside and instead has accidents in the house. Any suggestions?
Hello Angie,, If Mickey used to pee outside in the fenced in area just fine but is struggling to pee outside now when you take him on the leash, then the issue might be him not wanting to pee in front of you or a lack of him trying to "hold it" until he gets outside. To teach him to pee in front of you, purchase a fifty foot leash, take him outside to use the bathroom on that leash, and let him roam further away from you to sniff the ground to find a spot to go. Tell him to go potty when you first bring him outside, and then stand still or walk around slowly and pretend to ignore him while he wanders away. After he goes potty, then toss him a treat that is large enough for him to find in the grass. As he becomes more comfortable peeing while you are outside with him with time and the rewards, then you can gradually decrease the length of the leash one foot at a time, until he is within six feet of you, at which point you can substitute the long leash that is coiled up for a regular six foot leash. Avoid the use of a retractable leash for this though because the tension on his collar from that type of leash could discourage him from peeing. When he is inside your house, then tether him to yourself with a six or eight foot leash so that he cannot sneak off to pee. Be sure to take him outside frequently and if you cannot tether him to yourself, then confine him in a crate. Do all of this until he is reliably peeing just outside. Tethering him to yourself and using a crate will also help if the problem is a lack of him trying to hold his pee until he gets outside. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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