How to Train Your Dog to Pee While on Leash

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1-4 Weeks
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Introduction

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.

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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.

The Puppy Method

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Understand your pooch
Different breeds will have different frequencies at which they need to go. Know your pooch's breed and therefore how often he or she will need to go, so that you can get him on that leash and outside accordingly.
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Watch their behavior
Keeping a close eye on your puppy means you can watch for behavioral signs that they’re about to go, such as sniffing, scratching, circling and whining. If you see these, get them on the leash and outside straight away.
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Stop him off leash
When he has an accident and pees off leash, stop him by saying ‘no’ and clapping or making a noise to put him off, be careful not to scare him though.
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Choose a designated area
Choose a particular area outside and consistently take him to it on their leash, to avoid confusion. Make sure they’ve had their vaccinations if it’s going to be somewhere outside of your backyard though.
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Praise when he goes on-leash
Give him a tasty treat and lots of tummy rubs when he goes while on leash. Peeing on-leash needs to be a fun and rewarding experience.
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Introduce a command
If you like, once he's got to grips with peeing on leash, you can even get him to associate it with a command such as ‘pee’ or ‘go’, so that he’ll pee on leash when you use the command.
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The Routine Method

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Establish a sensible routine
Make sure that your pooch is taken out the correct amount each day for his or her breed and/or age. Make it a routine thing, so that your pooch knows when he'll get the opportunity to go. Take him out around meal times, for example.
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Clean up accidents quickly
To make sure your pooch doesn’t associate an area of your home with peeing, make sure you clean up any accidents that occur right away.
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Designate an area
While on-leash, choose an area outside where you want your pooch to go and consistently take him there, so that he recognizes his scent.
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Let him relax
Although you’ll have him on the leash, make sure you give your pooch as much space as you can to let him do his business, and don’t distract him while he's in the middle of it.
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Rewards
Give lots of praise and a lovely, tasty treat when he goes while on the leash.
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The Crating Method

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Get an appropriate sized crate
Crate your dog while he’s inside to stop him from peeing. Dogs don’t like to pee where they rest.
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Leash him
Pop him on the leash and take him outside, it’s likely he’ll have been holding it in and will be keen to do his business. Make sure you take him out enough times a day for his size and breed though.
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Be patient
Take your pooch for a good walk around, don’t just go outside and expect him to do it. A 20-minute walk may be necessary. Don’t be anxious or impatient, as this may put him off.
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Try again
If he doesn’t go on the first walk, keep him on the leash inside and have a 5 minute rest. Take him back outside somewhere free from distractions, he should now pee. Make sure you take him out the required number of times, at roughly the same time every day. Dogs are creatures of habit.
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Lots of treats
When he goes on the leash, give him lots of high value treats and praise so he knows he’s been a good boy.
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Written by Catherine Lee-Smith

Published: 11/10/2017, edited: 01/08/2021

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Roxie
German Shepard Mix
5 Years
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Roxie
German Shepard Mix
5 Years

My dog usually runs free around the neighborhood , but she’s recently gotten sick so we’ve been walking her on a leash , the only problem is that she doesn’t want to use the bathroom on a leash. My question is how do we get her to use the bathroom on a leash ?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Aimee, I suggest purchasing a fifty foot regular training leash (not retractable) and taking her to an open area while on leash. Bring treats large enough for her to see them if you drop them into the grass. When you get to the area with her, keep the leash loose, tell her to "Go Potty" and let her wander around and sniff while on leash. If she goes potty, praise her and toss the treats over to her. Give her 4-5 treats. When she starts to go potty quickly in response to your "Go Potty" command, then you can gradually make the leash shorter over time until you eventually are able to walk her on a normal six-foot leash. When you take her outside, give her fifteen minutes to sniff around and go potty. If she does not go, take her back inside and put her in a crate or other confined area where she will be encouraged to hold her bladder until the next trip outside. After an hour (or sooner if she acts like she needs to go potty), take her back outside and repeat the process again. Repeat the trips outside until she goes potty. With practice she should learn what "Go Potty" means, be motivated to go quickly to earn her treats, and start to understand that she only has fifteen minutes to go potty so needs to hurry. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Beau
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
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Beau
Labrador Retriever
10 Months

Hi - While we just picked Beau up from the foster two days ago, we've realized that he does not like to pee or poop while on the leash. This is a problem because we live on the 6th floor of an apartment building with lots of other dogs and people. Sometimes it feels like Beau gets distracted by the smells and the people and forgets that he has to pee!

We've been bringing him to a specific area over and over again when we go on walks and we've listen to his cues about when he wants to go but without fail we will walk around for an hour, come home and he will go outside on our very small patio and pee/poop. He is very smart and loves to be outside but refuses to pee or poop when we take our walks. Are we doing something wrong? Is there a way to prompt him to go when outside?

We have yet to have him pee or poop outside (not on our patio) so we haven't had opportunity to give him a high-valued treat.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Allison, Some dogs only learn to use the bathroom in one location (like their backyard) and they simply do not associate other places with going to the bathroom. Distractions are also probably a problem. I suggest crate training him. Get him used to being in a crate by following one of the methods from the article below. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Once he is used to being in a crate, when you are home or will not be gone for longer than three or four hours at a time for a couple of days. Take him potty out front in the morning, spray a "potty encouraging" spray like "Go Here" or "Hurry Spray" or "Puppy Training" spray, and tell him to "Go Potty" in an encouraging tone of voice. If he does not go potty there, take him inside and put him in the crate. Wait an hour, then take him back outside to try again. Repeat the trips outside and then back in the crate until he goes potty outside. When he goes potty outside, praise him enthusiastically and give him five small treats, one at a time to make them last. Give him three to four hours of freedom (if his bladder control is good enough for that long now), then take him outside to go potty again. Spray the encouraging spray where you want him to go and tell him to "Go Potty". If he goes, praise, reward and give freedom. If he doesn't go, then back inside and into the crate, and try again in an hour, every hour until he goes potty. The crate will encourage him to hold his pee and poop while inside, so that he really has to go whenever you take him, without having an accident inside in the meantime. After he successfully the bathroom outside and is rewarded for it several times with treats, and learn what "Go Potty" means, he should get better about going potty. Before you take him on a full walk, insist that he goes potty first and if not, take him inside and put him in the crate, then try again in an hour. If he goes potty, you can also take him on a walk after if you wish. You want him to get into the habit of peeing BEFORE a walk so that he does not hold his bladder during the whole walk to keep the walk continuing. That is a fairly common issue pet parents have. Once he is reliably going potty outside in the front on leash, you can decide whether to continue using a crate if he needs it for other reasons still - like destructive chewing. Here is an article written for younger puppies. You will find some helpful details under the "Crate Training" method. The times there are shorter than what your dog will need because your guy is older though. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Lucy
Rottweiler
1 Year
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Lucy
Rottweiler
1 Year

She does not walk on a leash, she only pulls. and she refuses to potty on leash.

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Bruno
Labrador Retriever
11 Months
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Bruno
Labrador Retriever
11 Months

My dog is tied at one place most of the tym and he do pee there but i take him to walk in eve what should i do to not to let him pee in home

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. I am not sure what you mean, "dog is tied at one place?" Does this mean you leave the dog tied up outside all day? If so, it makes sense that he has not yet learned the rules of the home. Wouldn't Bruno be safer in the home when you are not there? I would consider purchasing a large crate that he can call his own, a nice den-like space where he can rest while you are at work. To train Bruno to get used to a crate: https://wagwalking.com/training/crate-train-a-labrador-retriever-puppy. As for housetraining, this is very helpful: https://wagwalking.com/training/potty-train-a-labrador-retriever-puppy. You will see that the crate works for potty training and also provides a safe place for Bruno to rest while you are not at home. All the best to Bruno!

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Stella
Mutt
2 Years
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Stella
Mutt
2 Years

We just got our dog from a rescue and she won’t go potty while on a leash, which is the only real option for us apartment dwellers. Even when she has been in her crate, which she does very well with, she doesn’t go outside on a leash, she will come in and pee off leash. We so rarely have to opportunity (once) to give the positive attention when she does go on the leash we are just at a loss. We know she is house broken but clearly the leash is a new issue.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Kirsten, I suggest looking for a very light weight (but strong) long leash (like 20'), so that you can let it drag along the ground behind her. How light weight it can be will partially depend on her strength but look for a climbing accessory rope that is very light weight but rated to hold more than her weight or pull force, or look for a polyethelene type leash like the one linked below: https://www.amazon.com/Coastal-Pet-R3825-YEL25-25-Feet/dp/B0036O2LIQ/ref=asc_df_B0036O2LIQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218413592118&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7331165686461348664&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010791&hvtargid=aud-643330155750:pla-355731055428&psc=1 Or something like this for a smaller dog: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D3XGRLJ/ref=psdc_2975433011_t3_B071WVWZFD Essentially anything strong but lightweight and at least 10-15 feet long. When she does go potty while on the long leash you can praise her and toss larger treats over to her. As she gets used to going potty on the leash, then gradually reel in part of the leash so that there is not as much leash between you and her; do this until after a few weeks your leash is reeled in so much that there is only 6 feet of leash between you and her - at which point you can switch to a normal leash. Avoid retractable leashes with her before the pull back of the leash can bother a lot of dogs and make them feel resistant. When you take her potty on the long leash, try to take her to an area that is calmer, where she can roam around and sniff to find a spot. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Troy
Australian Shepherd
10 Weeks
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Troy
Australian Shepherd
10 Weeks

My puppy seems to mostly understand peeing outside and only has a few issues, usually in the early morning, with peeing inside. However, he has yet to poop on the leash at all. I can only get him to go in backyards or large fenced in areas, which is a huge problem living in an apartment where he has to be leashed outside. What can I do to encourage pooping on a leash?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Daniel, Check out the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Also, try using a 20' foot leash and walking to somewhere on the property that is more spacious for potty breaks to start with. As he improves, coil up more and more of the leash until he will poop on just a six foot leash, and gradually take him to less spacious areas when he will poop on the six foot leash. Potty training is new for him so the confinement of the leash combined with the distractions close to the apartment can make it difficult. Use a crate between potty trips when he hasn't gone yet or keep him attached to yourself with the leash inside to prevent accidents and help improve the timing of when he needs to go potty - so that he will hold it until outside. The more accidents you can prevent and thus successes pooping outside, the more opportunities you will have to reward him for pooping outside and the easier it will get. Lots of supervision and scheduling at first makes potty training easier and quicker in the long run even though it can seem exhausting for a few weeks. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Beau
Mastiff
17 Weeks
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Beau
Mastiff
17 Weeks

Beau is very well behaved and full house trained,but we cant get him to wee or poop out on a walk or when we go out for the day,he will wait hours till he gets home to do his business in our back or front garden,the other day we took my son back home down summerset and as it was a lovely day we stopped down there for the day and tried everything to get him to do a wee,but he just would not do anything by the time we got home he waited nearly 8 hours as it takes us 2 and a half hours to get back to the midlands but soon as he jumoed out of the car there it was a very long wee in tge front garden and a poop on the back,please please give us some advice,we have tried loads of advice that ive read off the internet,its perative that we succeed as we have an old american RV that we go travelling in alot and need beau to do his business out and about rather just at home.... Help!!! Please.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Lynnette, A couple of things could be going on here: First, he may think that its only acceptable to go potty in your yard since that is where he has learned to be potty trained and go - the solution to this is to crate train and when you take him potty only take him places outside of your yard - carry him to those places so he doesn't potty in your yard on the way, or run there so he doesn't stop to potty. Eventually if his only options for pottying are the crate and a new location he should potty in the new location - He should naturally want to hold it while in the crate, and don't put anything absorbent in the crate with him, and carry him back to the crate and try again in thirty minutes if he doesn't go potty in the new location. When he does potty there, be ready to give him four small treats and praise him each time to show him what he did was right...Leading up to doing this you can also teach "Go Potty" ahead of time by telling him to "Go Potty" when you take him out in your yard and giving a treat when he goes there, then start taking him potty other places and telling him to "Go Potty" in the new location also and give several treats when he goes so he will understand he is supposed to pee there. This route will require strict crate training for a few days until he get comfortable peeing in other spots - so that he is only out of the crate while his bladder is empty and only taken potty in new spots. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Second, he might be distracted in the new locations - if this is the case you need to spend more time simply hanging out in those types of locations until they become more boring to him. Keep him on a leash when you do this at first. Third, he could be nervous or afraid of things like people and other dogs, or signs that they are nearby like smells, barking, and people working. Teach Go Potty and use treats as rewards when he does finally go potty there, spend a lot of time around the things that he seems nervous about, dancing, acting silly, playing games, resting, and generally keeping a calm, happy, or pleasant attitude full of confidence from you. When he responds well to something or first notices something before he responds poorly - while he is still deciding what to think, praise in a confident tone of voice and give treats or do a silly dance to make that scary thing seem exciting or safe. As you tackle the fears and insecurity and he seems more relaxed, then practice the crate training I mentioned above to help him get used to pottying there too...pooping will be the hardest thing if he is nervous because pooping puts a dog in a vulnerable position so many dogs don't like to poop while feeling unsafe. Once he will go potty in your neighborhood, go lots of other places to practice in other locations and on other surfaces too, like: grass, pinestraw, woodchips, dirt, gravel, ect...to prepare for traveling. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Amanda
pitbull
14 Months
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Amanda
pitbull
14 Months

Working on leash outside. He seems scared of it:( I have to carry him outside but he pulls and bounces around. Hes has peed on the leash and gave treats and praise. He will follow me and work well with treats on leash in the house. I'm in Wisconsin and weather sucks too. He has only pee'd in the house a few times. I brought him home yesterday. He will go off leash outside but I love in town and he doesn't 100% come to his name yet. Thanks!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello, It actually sounds like he isn't doing too bad. Don't give up, he needs time and practice to adjust to the leash. Check out the article linked below and follow one of those methods. It sounds like he may already be comfortable with the leash being clipped on but needs to leash how to respond to leash pressure without bucking also. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash Also, if the ground is already really cold teaching him to wear boots might make him less reluctant to go outside in poor weather. Dogs with less coats and less body fat do get cold in chilly weather too. Some dogs appreciate added warm when going outside if they don't already have good padding build in naturally. Check out high qaulity brands like ruffwear that are designed more practically with search and rescue and things like running and functionality in mind, with real insulation and not just looks in mind. If you find that a coat or boots are needed, it doesn't have to be ruffwear brand, there are many good quality less expensive brands, but look for that type of quality and design. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Onyx
cockapoo
17 Weeks
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cockapoo
17 Weeks

I got my puppy from a farmer so he is used to peeing and pooping wherever in the yard, he hasn't had to many accidents inside but when i put him on a leash he will not go. He wont pee or potty on walks either. The only way he will go if he is off the leash, what can i do?

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Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Tyeasia, First, I suggest purchasing a 30 foot training leash (not a retractable one). Take pup potty on that leash and let pup wander around and sniff like he does when off leash (but on the long leash this time). Tell him to "Go Potty" then pretend to ignore him a bit while he sniffs and you both walk around. If he goes potty, praise him calmly while he is going, then toss several treats toward him (big enough for him to see or show them to him and let him come and get them), then continue exploring the area on leash for a bit so the potty trip doesn't immediately mean he has to go back inside or stop the walk. Practice doing the above exercise for walks in a calm spacious area like the backyard, a field, or calm park before tackling more distracting areas on leash. When pup gets to the point where he will go potty quickly when told to "Go Potty" and is rewarded afterward, then gradually make your leash shorter by gathering some of it up - decreasing the length by a couple of feet at a time. Decrease the length of the leash over the course of two-four weeks gradually, until pup can go potty on just 6-8 feet of leash, at which point you can switch to a normal leash again. If the above isn't working, I suggest crate training pup for a month and only giving pup freedom in the house for the 2 hours after he goes potty outside. After 2 hours, return him to the crate until the next potty trip (which should be 4 hours since he last went potty unless he asks to go sooner or you are gone off). When you take him potty on a normal 6-8 foot leash, tell him to "Go Potty", walk him around slowly and encourage him to sniff, and keep the outing relaxed. Give him fifteen minutes to go. If he goes, give a couple treats, one at a time. If he does not, return him to the crate inside and try again in 45 minutes to 1 hour. Repeat the trips outside each hour until he goes on the leash when you take him - be sure to praise and reward when he does go!!! Give several treats, one at a time, in a row while he is first learning this. You might be frustrated with how long it takes him to finally go at first, but try to act genuinely excited and be sure to reward because that will help him go faster the next time. As he gets more used to going potty when told to "Go Potty" and while on the leash, he should go more often when you take him so that you are not having to repeat the potty trips every hour when he doesn't go anymore - just every 4 or so hours for normal potty trips, until you can eventually go back to a more relaxed schedule in general once he is completely trained. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Mylo
German Shepherd mix with ridgeback
2 Years
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German Shepherd mix with ridgeback
2 Years

How do I get my dog to walk on a leash, he’s used to using the bathroom in a back yard. Now that I’m moving to an apartment, I’m trying to take him out on frequent walks to get him used to using the bathroom but nothing. As soon as we come home he goes to the back yard and does his business. What can I do?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Kimberly, First, take him potty in the backyard on leash (on leash is important). Tell him to "Go Potty", then reward him with a treat if he goes. If he doesn't go within 10-15 minutes of you walking him around there slowly, take him back inside and try again in an hour - repeat every hour as needed. Don't give in and let him go off leash - the goal is to practice on leash, learning "Go Potty" and becoming motivated to go when you say "Go Potty" with the rewards. If he may have an accident inside between trips at this point, crate him between potty trips to motivate him to hold it until outside. Once he will go quickly on leash outside in the backyard when you say "Go Potty", start taking him only to the front yard and repeat the process there (limit backyard time while doing this so that inside, front yard, and walks are his only option). When he gets to the point where he will go quickly in the front yard when you say "Go Potty" and give a treat after, then move to a nearby calm area in your neighborhood -like a grassy area near a culdesac, nearby field, or empty lot area - look for somewhere calm with similar ground to your yard (such as grass if your yard has grass, or straw if your yard is straw). Repeat trips to that area every hour, telling him to "Go Potty" and walking him around slowly on the leash - reward with several treats - one treat at a time after he goes to help motivate future trips. When he doesn't go, don't give in and take him to the backyard. Bring him inside and take him again in an hour, every hour, or crate him if he may have an accident, until he finally goes potty. Once he does go, then practice, learning "Go Potty", praise, and the treats should help this process become gradually faster. Ideally start this when you have a couple of days off back to back (like the weekend) or someone will be home during the day for whatever reason - since you will be taking him out a lot and need to not give in and just let him go in the backyard out of being rushed. There also also potty attractant sprays you can spray on the area you are taking him to each time you take him, right beforehand, if truly needed - they work great for some dogs but not all. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Laila
Mixed Breed- Mostly sheepdog
6 Months
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Mixed Breed- Mostly sheepdog
6 Months

Hi :)

We adopted Laila at the end of December last year, she's been at us for almost 3 months now. We have a roof at home where she immediately established as her 'toilet' so there is no problem at all. When we are out for a long period of time she still has accidents as the roof is not always open for her, but she is learning to hold her pee and poo most of the time.

Perhaps important to add that Laila was not cage trained.

We have been trying for 3-4 weeks to train her to do her buisness outside on her long leash which is free for her to roam, but she just won't have it. We started a system where we would take a treat out when we take her out first thing in the morning, another time in the afternoon and once in the evening and show her the treat while we walk. She loves to be out, sniff and explore but she wouldn't get the treat if she didn't pee/poo. We would then take her to the roof on leash and ask her to go pee.. She usually does and we would give her a treat then. She usually does number 2 after too. We did praise her a lot but after 2.5 weeks of this there was no improvement so I thought we were doing something wrong.

This week I tried a method you mentioned above.. Of letting her out very often until she pees etc and not taking her to the roof. However, she has easily spent 9+ hours without doing any of her buisness and now I'm worrying about her health as it's no good keeping it all in either. No accidents at all. This is now day 2, I obviously had to take her out to the roof yesterday.

I'm feeling very lost with this and I don't know if I'm confusing her more or making her uncomfortable. There could be a possibility of us moving to an apartment in the future so this is why I'd like to train her as much as possible.

Could you help me out please?

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Becky, First, know that at this age she won't physically be able to hold it for longer than 6-7 hours, so you will need a dog walker to come if you are gone longer than that. Second, check out the crate training method from the article linked below. I suggest crate training her and crating her while you are gone. Do this for a few months to create a long term cleanliness habit so that she will easily transition into being trustworthy left free in the house at a younger age - confinement and prevention now leads to more freedom as an adult dog typically. When you leave, you can place a dog food stuffed durable hollow chew toy into the crate with her to keep her entertained. A crate utilizes a dog's natural desire to keep a confined space clean, which is why its usually more effective that a larger space. Crate training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Rambo
Pit bull
1 Year
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Pit bull
1 Year

Rambo is a rescue pup I adopted about 2 weeks ago. The first couple of days, we kept him on leash and he would only pee. So we tried taking him off leash to see if that would help - sure enough, he pooped! However, as he's been with me longer and gotten more confident (which is good), he's taken a liking to running off into neighbors' yards if I take him off leash, so back to the leash we go. Now, he won't poop OR pee on leash. Any tips?

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Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, take a look at this potty training guide and see which method may work for Rambo. The Timing Method may do the trick: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside. Dogs typically need to eliminate when waking up in the morning, about 10-20 minutes after eating, after naptime, and playtime. Schedule lengthy walks after these events and I suspect that you will have luck with Rambo. It may not work just in the yard, the movement and distraction of going on the walk might be the answer. If you have an instance when a walk isn't possible, try spraying a potty "encouraging spray" on a spot in the yard and take him there when you go out. You will still have to walk around though, as many dogs like to circle and sniff before they go. With some dogs, it is a privacy thing, too. If you are standing and waiting for him to pee or poop, Rambo may hold it in. Walking along is a different story. Good luck!

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Zephyr
Brittany (Spaniel)
11 Years
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Brittany (Spaniel)
11 Years

So we got zephyr at 4 years old and we had to teach her how to sit because she was a show dog. Right now I’m struggling to get her to go to the bathroom on a leash. (She used to have a fenced yard) She sees our other dog do his business on the leash no problem but she just sits at the back door until I let her back in. She’s been having accidents in my new place because there’s no fence here so I can’t let her just roam around town. How does one untrain a show dog that was taught to never go while on a leash ?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Jessica, I suggest purchasing a very light weight (but strong) 30'-50' leash. If you can't find one light enough, look into using climbing accessory rope with a cord sheeth, that's been rated to hold a lot of weight so you know it's strong. Attach a strong metal clip from the hardwear store, and pad the handle you create with the thin rope so that it's easier to hold. Take her potty outside on the long leash, tell her to Go Potty, and praise and toss treats over to her if she goes potty. When she doesn't go potty, bring her back inside and either attach her to yourself with a hands-free leash (any 6-8 foot leash can be made hands free with a carabiner attached) or crate her, for one hour then try taking her outside again. Don't give her any freedom until her bladder is empty because she went potty outside. Repeat the potty trips outside every hour - staying outside and walking around slowly to encourage her to go for 15 minutes, then returning back inside if she doesn't go, tethering or crating for an hour, then taking her potty again, until she finally goes potty one of the times you take her - at which point you can give her normal reign of the home until her bladder is pretty full again and it's time for another potty trip. As she gets used to going potty on the long leash and is praised and rewarded for it (don't skip praise and rewards. That will help her know it's okay to go while on leash), then you can gradually begin coiling up the leash over the next 4 weeks, until she will eventually go potty with just 6 feet of leash uncoiled. At that point you can just use a normal 6 foot leash. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Mickey
Golden Retriever
3 Years
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Golden Retriever
3 Years

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?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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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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Kaiser
Miniature Schnauzer
12 Weeks
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Miniature Schnauzer
12 Weeks

My pup has been with me for one week. He was peeing outside (with free reign of the yard)pretty consistently (between distractions) and had only one accident the first day. Then I read that I should train him to pee/poop on a leash but every since I put him in a harness and leash, he refuses to pee outside but has accidents in the house. He does fine on his short walk on a leash but he no longer pees/poops on cue in the backyard. I know I’m confusing him but I’m not sure what do.

Another concern. My pup doesn’t usually pee/poop after eating. He sleeps for several hours and the pees/poops when he wakes up. I don’t won’t to crate him after eating knowing that he not ready to pee/poop for at least an hour, at which time he’s sleep. I’m confused as to what to do. Eat, play, pee, crate, sleep? Eat, crate, sleep, pee, play?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! He sure is cute! So one thing to keep in mind, is as puppies are maturing, they go through stages of learning and then regressing. What you're describing is normal. Frustrating, but normal. Since you know his schedule, I wouldn't change it up, but it would be wise to put him in the kennel regardless right now until he stops having accidents. And give him lots of praise and some treats for going potty outside, as well as walking nicely on leash.

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Jeri
miniature dachshund
4 Months
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miniature dachshund
4 Months

I live in an apartment and we have a grass patch on our balcony. He will pee there, but has yet to poo on it. When we go for walks, he'll hold it till we go back home. He is not interested in peeing but more into exploring when we go for walks. i dont know what to do

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Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello there. You can start by re-training him to an extent. Carry treats with you and when he goes where you want him to, make a huge deal about it and give him treats and lots of praise. If you have a crate, utilize that to aid in potty training. If he doesn't go where you want him to, put him in the crate and try again later without giving him the opportunity to go where he wants. If you don't have a crate, you can just confine him to a small area. Then try again about 30 minutes later.

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English Bulldog
6 Months
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English Bulldog
6 Months

My dog does not want to go to the toilet when for walks. We have tried everything, pee soaked sponges, taking her out regularly on the same spot. She smells everything but does not want to go. We have tried commands as well.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello there. You can start by re-training her to an extent. Carry treats with you and when she goes where you want her to, make a huge deal about it and give him treats and lots of praise. If you have a crate, utilize that to aid in potty training. If she doesn't go where you want her to, put her in the crate and try again later without giving her the opportunity to go where she wants. If you don't have a crate, you can just confine her to a small area. Then try again about 30 minutes later.

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Harley
Shi poo
4 Months
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Harley
Shi poo
4 Months

Walks outside take him to same place and pees as soon as he gets home but not outside
Only poops on wee pad never outside

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! I am sending you quite a bit of information on potty and crate training just in case you want to use a crate to help with potty training Potty training: Know Your Pup. As you spend time with your puppy, learn your puppy’s love language. Just as some people prefer gifts, touch, or time spent together, puppies can be the same way. Some puppies love praise or pets, while others prefer treats. As you get to know your puppy, consider what reward your puppy loves the most. Create a Daily Schedule. It is best to have a routine for your puppy. A schedule helps them understand when to eat, play, and “go to the bathroom.” Your puppy should go out frequently and the routine should be the same every time. When? Start the day by taking your puppy outside, and repeating based on age and ability. They should also go out after napping, chewing, playing, and within 10 to 15 minutes of eating. Although some puppies can sleep for seven hours, it is important to set an alarm and take your pup out during the night. When you do, don’t make a fuss about it. Quietly take them outside with minimal stimulation and light. Praise them if they go to the bathroom and gently return them to their bed or crate. You don’t want them to get stimulated and ready to play in the middle of the night! As you get to know your puppy, you will become aware of their individual habits. Click here to learn more about house training schedules for puppies. Where? Take your puppy to a specific area to urinate or defecate. Be consistent. You can create an area by using urine-soaked paper or bowel movements to help create an aroma to stimulate your puppy. How? Take your puppy out on a leash so they can focus on the desired activity. This will help prevent them from wandering off to play. Once your puppy is in the selected area, use your verbal cue, such as “Hurry Up,” “Poopies,” “Go tinkle,” or any phrase your puppy responds to. What? Know the signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. Every animal may have a different “I gotta go” gesture, which often include restlessness, sniffing around, circling, scratching at the door, barking, and, eventually, squatting. At the first sign that your pup has to go, calmly and quickly take them outside to their bathroom spot. Deal with Accidents. Accidents are a normal part of house training a puppy. What to Do If you see your puppy in the process of urinating or defecating inappropriately, calmly and quickly interrupt them in the act. Tell them to stop (either by a jarring sound or command), and immediately take them to an appropriate location for elimination. After your puppy goes to the bathroom, lavishly praise them and offer a treat. Thoroughly clean up accidents, so your puppy is not attracted to this area again. Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Depending on the age of your puppy, they will eat three to four times a day. A consistent feeding routine can create a regular bathroom schedule. Take away water about 2 hours before bedtime. Learn more about ideal dog schedules here. What NOT to Do Don’t punish your puppy when they have an accident. At that point, it is too late. When a puppy has an accident in the house and they walk away, within seconds they have already forgotten about what they did. Taking them to the scene of the crime and yelling and/or rubbing their nose in it does not help and, in fact, can harm your puppy! Supervise. The best thing you can do is to prevent accidents and the best way to do this is to supervise your puppy at all times. You can tether your puppy to your waist with a five or six-foot leash and carefully observe them for signs that they need to go to the bathroom. If you can’t supervise, then crate or confine your puppy. The more accidents your puppy has in the house, the more confusing it will be for them and this can delay house training. Reward, Reward, Reward. It is important to give your puppy a reward for their good behavior. This can be for commands such as sitting and coming to you, or for appropriately eliminating outside. In a puppy, a reward can be a couple kibbles of puppy food or a treat, such as a small piece of meat. The treat should be exciting for them and only available as a result of good behavior. Crate training can take days or weeks, depending on your dog's age, temperament and past experiences. It's important to keep two things in mind while crate training: The crate should always be associated with something pleasant and training should take place in a series of small steps. Don't go too fast. Step 1: Introduce your dog to the crate Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Take the door off and let the dog explore the crate at their leisure. Some dogs will be naturally curious and start sleeping in the crate right away. If yours isn't one of them: Bring them over to the crate and talk to them in a happy tone of voice. Make sure the crate door is open and secured so that it won't hit your dog and frighten them. Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate. If they refuse to go all the way in at first, that's OK; don't force them to enter. Continue tossing treats into the crate until your dog will walk calmly all the way into the crate to get the food. If they aren’t interested in treats, try tossing a favorite toy in the crate. This step may take a few minutes or as long as several days. Step 2: Feed your dog meals in the crate After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding them their regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate. If your dog is readily entering the crate when you begin Step 2, place the food dish all the way at the back of the crate. If they remain reluctant to enter, put the dish only as far inside as they will readily go without becoming fearful or anxious. Each time you feed them, place the dish a little further back in the crate. Once your dog is standing comfortably in the crate to eat their meal, you can close the door while they’re eating. The first time you do this, open the door as soon as they finish their meal. With each successive feeding, leave the door closed a few minutes longer, until they’re staying in the crate for 10 minutes or so after eating. If they begin to whine to be let out, you may have increased the length of time too quickly. Next time, try leaving them in the crate for a shorter time period. If they do whine or cry in the crate, don’t let them out until they stop. Otherwise, they'll learn that the way to get out of the crate is to whine, so they'll keep doing it. Step 3: Practice with longer crating periods After your dog is eating their regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine them there for short time periods while you're home. Call them over to the crate and give them a treat. Give them a command to enter, such as "crate." Encourage them by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand. After your dog enters the crate, praise them, give them the treat and close the door. Sit quietly near the crate for five to 10 minutes and then go into another room for a few minutes. Return, sit quietly again for a short time and then let them out. Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the length of time you leave them in the crate and the length of time you're out of sight. Once your dog will stay quietly in the crate for about 30 minutes with you mostly out of sight, you can begin leaving them crated when you're gone for short time periods and/or letting them sleep there at night. This may take several days or weeks. Step 4, Part A: Crate your dog when you leave After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without becoming anxious or afraid, you can begin leaving them crated for short periods when you leave the house. Put them in the crate using your regular command and a treat. You might also want to leave them with a few safe toys in the crate. Vary the moment during your "getting ready to leave" routine that you put your dog in the crate. Although they shouldn't be crated for a long time before you leave, you can crate them anywhere from five to 20 minutes prior to leaving. Don't make your departures emotional and prolonged—they should be matter-of-fact. Praise your dog briefly, give them a treat for entering the crate and then leave quietly. When you return home, don't reward your dog for excited behavior by responding to them in an enthusiastic way. Keep arrivals low-key to avoid increasing their anxiety over when you will return. Continue to crate your dog for short periods from time to time when you're home so they don't associate crating with being left alone. Step 4, Part B: Crate your dog at night Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night and you'll want to be able to hear your puppy when they whine to be let outside. Older dogs should also initially be kept nearby so they don't associate the crate with social isolation. Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with the crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer, although time spent with your dog—even sleep time—is a chance to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Potential problems Whining: If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether they’re whining to be let out of the crate, or whether they need to be let outside to eliminate. If you've followed the training procedures outlined above, then your dog hasn't been rewarded for whining in the past by being released from their crate. If that is the case, try to ignore the whining. If your dog is just testing you, they'll probably stop whining soon. Yelling at them or pounding on the crate will only make things worse. If the whining continues after you've ignored them for several minutes, use the phrase they associate with going outside to eliminate. If they respond and become excited, take them outside. This should be a trip with a purpose, not play time. If you're convinced that your dog doesn't need to eliminate, the best response is to ignore them until they stop whining. Don't give in; if you do, you'll teach your dog to whine loud and long to get what they want. If you've progressed gradually through the training steps and haven't done too much too fast, you'll be less likely to encounter this problem. If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to start the crate training process over again. Separation anxiety: Attempting to use the crate as a remedy for separation anxiety won't solve the problem. A crate may prevent your dog from being destructive, but they may get injured in an attempt to escape. Separation anxiety problems can only be resolved with counterconditioning and desensitization procedures.

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Molly
lab/border collie
8 Months
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lab/border collie
8 Months

We just brought Molly home from the shelter 5 days ago. She was a stray and has never lived inside so everything is new to her. She is very shy and scared, but sweet. Molly took to her crate right away and seems to feel safe in it, but will not come out of the crate for anything (treats, dinner, coaxing). We also now learned that she will not walk on a leash (she’s never even been on a leash) and will not respond to treats to follow me with the leash around the house. In order to potty train, we need her to walk on a leash and exit the crate so we can go outside. I’m feeling lost and a bit overwhelmed. She holds her potty for 16+ hours a day so far and waits until we are sleeping to potty on the floor in the same room as the crate. We leave the crate door open so she can at least potty, even if it is on the floor so she doesn’t get sick. We live in a condo building and have had to carry her a couple of times down to the backyard where she will not potty outside, when we pulled her from the crate (which I felt awful about). We’ve ordered a fake grass training pad to start inside and gradually move outside, and have a 20 foot leash on it’s way so we can let her try to potty away from us in the yard. Are we trying too much too soon? I want to teach good potty habits from the start so she doesn’t think she can just go in the house, but I can’t even get her to go outside she’s so frightened. What can we do??

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! Teaching good potty habits from the start is the best thing to do. Keep in mind it can take dogs a good 30 days to completely adjust to a new environment. So new behaviors may pop up as she gets more comfortable in her new environment. Using the fake grass is an excellent idea. That was going to be my suggestion. I am going to send you information on how to get started with potty pad training. Choose Your Spot Pick a space in your house where you want your dog to go. Obviously, you’ll want this spot to be a low-traffic area. Make sure this spot is easily accessible to your dog, and make sure the floor surface is linoleum or tile, as opposed to carpet. If your dog “misses,” it will be easier to clean up. If the only spot you can put the pee pad is a carpet, you might consider getting a small tarp to put underneath the puppy pee pad to guard against spillage. Choose a spot that is outside of your “smell zone.” An important tip to remember is to make sure not to let your dog decide the spot he likes. Not only might he pick an area you won’t like, but he’ll learn that he is in charge – not you – which can cause a host of problems down the line. Monitor Your Dog When you are potty training your dog, full-time monitoring is an absolute necessity. It’s impossible to correct bad behaviors if you don’t see them happen. Dogs have very short memories. It is important to catch your dog in the act. If your dog goes on the floor, and you try to correct him hours after the fact, he will be confused and upset, not knowing what he did wrong. This can hinder training and your relationship with your dog. Puppies, in particular, must be watched constantly. They have less control over their bowels and will go when they have to go. If you miss these moments, you lose precious training opportunities. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to be with your dog 24 hours a day, but try to spend more time at home during the weeks you are potty training – it will pay off in the long run. Learn Your Dog’s Schedule Dogs, for the most part, are predictable. They will go to the bathroom at predictable times. You should be able to learn when your dog has to go based on timing as much as on his signals. Take some time to study your dog’s bathroom habits. You’ll learn the amount of time after he eats or drinks that he has to go, and you’ll get in rhythm with his daily bathroom schedule. This will help you reduce accidents and speed up the potty training process. Studying your dog’s habits can also help you identify his bathroom “triggers” – like having to go after a certain amount of playtime. Once you learn your dog’s schedule, use it to your advantage in potty training. Bring him to the pee pad a few minutes before he normally goes, and encourage him. This will help him get used to going in the right spot, and help you establish repetition in your training. Choose a Command Word Dogs have keen senses – they respond to sight, smell, and sound. When you begin pee pad training, choose a command word and use it every time you take your dog to the pad. Just about any word will work. The tone of your voice is more important than the actual word. Try phrases like “go on” or “go potty” in a slightly elevated, encouraging tone. Make sure to repeat this same command, in the same tone, every time you take your dog to the pee pad. Avoid Punishment When your dog has an accident, it’s just that – an accident. When you punish your dog during potty training, he will become confused and scared. He doesn’t know what he’s done wrong, and can’t understand why the person he loves most is mad at him. Most importantly, it will not help his potty training. Positive Reinforcement Both human and dog behavior is largely based on incentives. Dogs’ incentives are very simple – they want to eat when they are hungry, play when they are excited, and sleep when they are tired. But the most important thing your dog wants in life is to please you. Use this to your advantage. Whenever your dog goes on his potty training pad, shower him with lots of praise. If he sees that he gets praise for doing his business on the pad, he will be incentivized to keep going on the pad – and he’ll be excited to do it! Potty training – whether it’s a pee pad or going outside – will take time, but if you do it right, can take less time. Many dogs are potty trained in less than two weeks. Just remember that you and your dog are partners. Do everything you can to help him learn the proper etiquette, and you will enjoy a long, quality relationship together. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for writing in.

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jake
Golden Retriever
5 Months
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Golden Retriever
5 Months

as soon as you put leash on he starts to pee in garage then finishes in the yard jusat stared doing this this week

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello. Dogs do strange things as they grow. Behaviors that weren't there before will suddenly pop up and it can sometimes be difficult to correct them. He may be overly excited. He has associated the leash with going potty and his brain/muscle memory is working against you with this one. You may want to wait until he is out of your home/garage before attaching the leash until he stops this strange habit. Usually a week or so of changing a routine is enough to stop habits.

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Kobi
Pomeranian
5 Months
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Pomeranian
5 Months

My puppy won’t pee on a leash in his spot but as soon as we came inside he peed on my carpet

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Taban, Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. I recommend following that, especially the rhythm for crating pup if they don't potty, right after returning inside, and taking pup back out again every 45 minutes until pup finally goes potty outside and you can reward. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Redbone Coonhound
1 Year
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Redbone Coonhound
1 Year

My dog was perfectly house trained because we had her going in the yard but she killed all of the grass. She would hold it on walks and go in the yard. Now I’m keeping her out of the yard but she’s still holding it on walks and now having accidents when left alone. We will walk over an hour and she holds it. I give her a treat but I’m worried she will keep peeing in the house when left alone because she thinks that’s okay.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Grace, I would start by crate training pup and crating pup when left alone to stop the accidents inside, so that pup's only option is to pee when outside. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Since pup seems to think it's not acceptable to pee while on a walk, I would also allow pup to pee on the outer edge of your yard, closer to where you walk at first. If you want to salvage your grass you could put a disposable real grass pad on top of your regular grass in that spot. Once pup is going potty there well, then move the grass pad or take pup a bit further from the edge of home and have pup pee a little further away from the house each time, until pup is peeing somewhere that's considered part of your walking route. When you do this, tell pup to Go Potty, and give a treat each time they go potty to help pup learn to go on cue while on a walk, and so that pup knows its acceptable to pee when not in the yard. Real grass pads www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Yorkshire Terrier
4 Months
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Yorkshire Terrier
4 Months

He won’t walk on lease and won’t pee on lease so hv been taking him outside without lease. He has been doing good. I just got him 5 days ago

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Faith, It sound like he probably wasn't introduced to one with his previous breeder/owner. I would start by introducing one inside, following a method from the article I linked below. At this age, many puppies will follow you pretty well. Be aware that that tends to wear off when pup hits puppy adolescence soon and becomes more curious and more independent - at that point a formal reliable Come becomes super important. You will definitely want to work on Come right now and have pup used to the leash before then for safety reason. Leash introduction article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash Come: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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German Sheprador
7 Months
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Reagan
German Sheprador
7 Months

Before bed, walked dog on leash 45 minutes and dog never peed. What is your recommended length of time to walk a dog before you stop and rest for a while and try again?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
823 Dog owners recommended

Hello Michele, I recommend teaching pup the Go Potty Command, and teaching pup that the walk is a reward for pup peeing when you first take them out. Many dogs will hold it during a walk because they have learned that as soon as they go potty, they have to turn around and go home, so they hold it to keep the walk progressing. You want pup to learn to go potty immediately, then walk further after. Normally I would take pup potty on a leash and walk pup around in a certain area where pup can sniff in that area to find a spot, keeping things more boring walking just in that area. Tell pup to Go Potty calmly, then giving three small treats or pieces of kibble after they go. Once they have gone potty, then I would give a short walk for a bit of exercise as a reward for going. At first this will probably take more time but within a couple of weeks put will normally start to pee quickly when you take them. Pooping is triggered by smells and movement, so sometimes pup may poop during the walk even after they have peed because they didn't feel the urge until you started walking. Most of the time if you walk pup around in that smaller area and pup has learned Go Potty, if you walk pup and say Go Potty again for a few minutes once they have already peed, they will also poop then too. If pup doesn't go potty within 15-20 minutes, I would go inside and try again in an hour, crating pup during that hour if pup may have an accident once back inside. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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