Teaching your dog to poop in one designated area is beneficial for the grass in your yard as well as making clean up easy for you. You can reserve special spaces in your yard specifically for your dog to poop. Giving your dog his own bathroom space will keep the rest of your yard open and free of poop so you will not have to worry about children playing in or stepping in your dog's mess before you can clean it up. Keeping your dog's poop in one area of your yard can save your grass too.
You can train your dog to poop in one area of a grassy space, or you can teach your dog to poop specifically in rocks away from social spaces within your yard. City dwelling dogs or tiny breeds can also be trained to poop in one area of your home or apartment to avoid concrete walks outside or extreme weather conditions.
Giving your dog a designated space to poop takes repetition, treats, and a little bit of time for your dog to get used to new routines. Plan a particular area before you begin to train your dog and avoid changing this particular pooping spot. Especially within your home or your apartment, be sure to designate a special pooping spot for your dog, so he does not have accidents elsewhere where you do not want him to go. If your dog is already house trained, teaching a designated area may require a little bit of extra time because you are retraining and asking your dog to forget old habits. However, if you have a puppy who is house training for the first time, setting your expectations with a place for your puppy to poop all the time instead of having free reign of your yard or home will be much quicker and part of the normal housetraining process.
You will need a leash to direct your dog to the proper location for designated pooping. Also, be sure to have on hand a supply of special treats specifically for training your dog. As mentioned above, have your designated pooping area already planned out and decided upon before you begin this training, so you do not confuse your dog by changing spaces mid-training. If you are training a new puppy, this may take up to six weeks to house train your dog. However, part of the house training process will include using this designated space specifically for going potty. If you have an older dog used to having free reign of your yard or your home and you are trying to teach him one specific designated area for pooping, you may require a little more time and patience before he understands the new habit and comprehends exactly what you expect each time he needs to poop.
My dog is already potty trained but I don’t have a fence so he wants me to take him all around the neighborhood to poop instead of pooping in my yard. I want to start taking him to one spot in my backyard but I’m not sure how to get him to go where I want him to go. How can I train him to go in my backyard instead of trying to go all over the neighborhood?
Hello Nydia, First of all, purchase a spray designed to encourage a dog to use the bathroom. It is usually called 'Hurry Spray', 'Puppy Training Spray', 'Go Here', or something similar. Spray that on the area where you would like for him to go right before you take him there. When you get to that area, tell him to 'Go Potty' and let him sniff where you sprayed. If he does not go there after a five minutes, then walk him up and down in a ten foot line in that area. This is to get his bowels moving. After you have done that, lead him back to the spot you sprayed, tell him to 'Go Potty', and let him sniff that area again. Repeat this every five minutes three or four times. If he does not go, then take him inside, place him into a crate, and try again in thirty or forty minutes. Be sure that when you try this it is at a time when he usually has to poop too. Start this process when you have a couple of days where you will be at home, like the weekend. When he finally poops, give him three or four of his favorite treats, one at a time. Make sure that you do not give in and take him for a walk to get him to poop. He can go for one as a reward after he poops but not before. If you give in, then he will simply continue to hold it until he gets to go for a walk. You want to break that cycle by teaching him that pooping in your yard gets him rewards and not going equals heading back inside rather than going on a walk. By telling him to 'Go Potty' when you take him everytime, he will eventually learn that when you say that, he should poop if he needs to go. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I would like to know what can I do for my pup to defecate in the grass, he is well trained to pee on the same spot of grass every time we take him but he cant just seem to be able to poop, he always poop when we are not present or during the night, we have never mistreated him or yelled at him, and we always rewarded him when he did something good.
Hello Claudia, Follow the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below. When you follow that method, also use a potty encouraging spray, like the article mentions. Using a crate on a strict schedule, a potty encouraging spray, and rewards all together should force her to poop outside, and overtime teach her to want to poop outside. Once she is consistently pooping outside when you take her, then you can go back to a less strict potty training method if you prefer, as long as she does not begin having accidents inside when you do so. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi! My dog is an 11 year old female lab who is extremely well housebroken. She uses the bathroom on command with the term "park." She recently hurt her back and we are instructed to limit movement during recovery phase. We have built a real-grass grass area on our balcony and are trying to train her to go on her grass. She wants to please, but does not understand. She will sit on her grass but will not eliminate there in any form.
We have tried:
1) Taking her out on the balcony on her leash as we would when going outside
2) Giving treats while she sniffs the grass
3) Spraying the grass with a potty training attractant spray
4) Collecting her urine and placing some on the grass
5) Encouraging her with positive reinforcement
We have had no success or any progress in 3 days and don't know how to proceed.
Hello Lauren, In your situation you are doing all the right things. Keep doing what you are doing but you also likely need to gate the area off so that she has to stay on the grass, take her out there into the gated grass area and tell her "Park", and then simply close the gate so that she cannot get out. Since standing is probably hard for her, let her lay down on the grass if she chooses to and make sure that she has water and possibly a fan blowing into the area if it is hot (Don't let her get too hot), and then simply wait. Since she might lay down, purchase potty encouraging spray rather than using her own urine to prevent her from laying on her urine. Eventually she will have to go there. While she is in the enclosed potty area, sit somewhere where you can see if she goes, but where she does not feel like you are hovering and she may get in trouble. When she does go, immediately praise her right when she finishes and give her five of her favorite treats, one at a time, then let her out of the area. Do this for potty trips until she will immediately go in the area when you take her and say "Park", like she does outside. To minimize the amount of time that she is on the porch for and to keep her cool, the best time to do this is first thing in the morning, after she has held her bladder all night and really has to go, so will give in sooner. She will feel like she is having an accident the first two times probably, but your response and rewards will show her that when she goes potty there that it is alright, and she should become comfortable going there with practice. If it seems to be too much strain on her and harder on her than outside potty trips, then only practice this first thing in the morning for a couple of days, until she learns to go potty there sooner and does not have to stay outside for as long. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My Shih Tzu has a very big backyard and I have been taking him around the block to go to the bathroom now I need him to use the bathroom in the backyard he’s so stubborn he’ll refuse to use the bathroom and less I go take him for a walk I’ve tried to walk him around the backyard but he’ll lay down when I tell him to go potty and if I ask him if he needs to go poop he’ll wag his tail park and head for that street how do I encourage him to use the restroom I followed all the steps but all he does is lay down try to get in our chairs or wine to be able to be walked on the street
Hello Lee, It's time to be strict with Fozzy. When you have at least two days where you will be gone for no longer than four hours at a time use the crate to get him to go potty in your yard. When he wakes up in the morning take him outside to go potty in the backyard. When you take him tell him "Go Potty", if he poops, then give him three treats, one at a time. AFTER he poops and eats the treats, then take him for a short walk down the street and back. He has to earn his walk by using the bathroom beforehand. Do not resort to walking him down the street if he does not go. If he does not go, then take him inside and place him into a crate for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, quickly walk him back outside into your yard again, spray a spray on the grass that is designed to encourage peeing and pooping, such as "Hurry Spray", "Go Here", or "Puppy Training Spray", and tell him to "Go Potty" while he sniffs that area. Give him ten minutes to sniff around. If he goes, then praise him and give him the treats, take him for a short walk, and let him be free again inside like he usually is until the next time to go potty. If he does not go, then take him inside and put him back into the crate for another thirty minutes. Repeat taking him into the backyard and putting him back in the crate every thirty minutes until he goes potty outside. Expect him to be stubborn at first. He can go outside, he simply is choosing to hold it so that he will get to go for a walk. Every time you take him for a walk to get him to go instead of after he goes you are rewarding his stubborn behavior so be firm with him and start this when you can follow through with the training and keep taking him out every thirty minutes. A walk is always a reward for peeing in the yard beforehand. If he views the walk as a reward he will be motivated to pee quickly so that he can get to the walk part. If he needs even more help physically getting his bowels moving, then encourage him to chase you around the backyard so that he will be moving. Also feed him ten to fifteen minutes before taking him, or play active, moving games with him in the backyard. After running around with him, pause the game, let him calm down, and tell him to go potty and spray the encouraging spray for him to sniff. When he finally does go, also give him treats so that he want to go again even without the play next time. If that still does not work, then take him back inside and put him into the crate and go back to the thirty minute potty breaks and crate time. When you go on a walk with him do not let him stop to mark while you are working on all of this. He gets one chance before the walk, then he needs to keep moving with you during the walk. Only take him for a walk after he goes potty and poops for the day while working on this training. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Hello Caitlyn it’s me Lee again it’s day two of fuzzy holding his poop I now have to carry him to the designated potty area because he refuses to go he’s even gone so far as to feign peeing Because he knows we want him to go potty but he refuses to poop in the area
To fozzy’s owner. Cheez. I am having exactly to same problem. I adopted a six year old dog. He has no problem peeing. He will pee anywhere on the property. But won’t poop. We have been taking him either for a short walk or to a doggy Park here in our senior complex. And that being the problem: neither husband nor I walk too well as we are up in our years and we must get our dog Dillon to poop in yard. But he will simply hold it. You can tell he is miserable. I am fearful he will get impacted as another dog of mine had done in the past. Honestly I think before we got him his owners scolded him and he is afraid to go and when he does he tries to eat it maybe to hide what he did. All we can do is keep trying. Fortunately my neighbor lets the dog go on her grass. But he won’t go on ours. Crazy.
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Trying to train her to go in specific area. She isn’t weeing or pooping and seems to be holding it in. Give commands and on the couple of times she has done it lots of praise and treats. If I shut her in area she barks like mad. Any tips or is it a matter of time. Area is clean, sectioned off etc. Any help much appreciated. Thank you Jacqueline
Hello Jacqueline, Give Tallulah more time to practice it. The fact that she has done it a few times already is a good start, as long as she is not having accidents inside your home. To speed up the process I suggest using the crate training method and putting her in a crate for four hours, taking her outside to the designated spot on a leash after four hours, spraying a potty encouraging spray on that spot to encourage peeing, while telling her to "Go Potty". If she does not go potty, then bring her back inside, put her into the crate and take her back outside to try again in an hour. Repeat this every hour until she goes potty. When she goes potty, then give her two hours of free time, then put her back into the crate for two more hours until it is time to go potty again, four hours since she last went potty. After it has been four hours since she last peed take her outside again, tell her to "Go Potty", and then reward her and give her freedom if she goes, and crate her for an hour if she does not. Repeat this until she will consistently go in that spot whenever you take her potty and you know her bladder is full. Giving her treats when she goes potty there should also speed up the process. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have an 8 week old puppy who just got his vaccines. since he can't go outside yet we're having trouble potty training him inside the house. We use training pads but have trouble making him go in his designated spot. He just releases wherever he pleases. Help!
Hello Chloe, First of all, if you live in a house with your own private backyard, then with your vet's permission you should still be able to take him outside to start potty training. Most of the dangerous diseases that puppies can contract like Parvo and Distemper are spread by the feces of other dogs or animals. If your backyard is fenced, keeping other animals out, then you should be alright. Other dogs are your main concern. Even if your yard is not fenced, your risk is small as long as you are not taking him where other dogs frequent, like your neighborhood sidewalk or the park. Check with your Vet to find out if it is alright. If you decide to go directly to training him to pee outside with your Vet's permission, then check out the article that I have linked below. I recommend following the "Crate Training" method to make the process to faster and to minimize the number of accidents. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you still want to teach him to potty somewhere inside, then check out article that I have linked below. Follow either the "Exercise Pen" method or the "Crate Training" method. Don't skip any steps or it may not be as effective. Also, since you wish to train him to go potty outside later, then I highly recommend not using pee pads. Many puppies will have accidents on carpet, rugs, and other fabric type material once pee pads are removed, and since you want to remove them eventually, you will want to avoid that. The article below mentions using a litter box. You can use that, or I highly recommend using disposable living grass pads. These are pads with real grass grown on them. Each one is advertised to last two weeks. Using real grass should help Blake transition to peeing outside more easily. I also recommend keeping the grass pad inside of an "Exercise Pen", even if you are using the "Crate Training" method, so that he associates the pad with a designated toilet area, the exercise pen, and not being allowed to pee in the middle of a room on something. If you are using the "Crate Training" method, or he is ready for more freedom using the "Exercise Pen method, then you can simply leave the door to the exercise pen open, for him to be able to go to it as needed. The "Exercise Pen" method mentions phasing out the pen, but in your case you will keep it and then transition him to going potty outside. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Here is an example of a real grass pad you can purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00761ZXQW/ref=psdc_3024225011_t2_B005G7S6UI Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Laura is 4 years old. She just arrived at her new home with us 2 days ago. She comes from another owner where his home offered her a big yard for playing and potty time.
Now, she is with us and we live in a small apartment with a balcony.
We also live in OHIO where now it’s time for winter, harsh weather.
She only wants to poop on the grass. But 1. I would like for her to poop on the pee pads outside on my balcony so when is snowing we don’t have to go out elsewhere.
2. Is that possible? Even though she was under the same routine for 4 years?
Hello Bruna, I suggest using a real grass pad to train her to pee on your balcony. These pads are made from real grass, are disposable, and are advertised to last for a couple of weeks each. They are more expensive than pee pads but each one lasts a lot longer. Using real grass you should be able to train her to pee on the balcony. As first, you might need to make a larger grass area out of four pads so that it will resemble a yard, but once she gets used to peeing in that location, then you can remove the extra pads and use just one. Using this type of material should maintain her potty training in the house. If you switch to pee pads, because they are made of fabric, you run the risk of her learning to also pee on carpets and rugs inside. Since you will be taking her to your balcony and not doing the training inside, you chance of that happening is decreased, but using a real grass pad should ensure that you do not run into that problem at all. Below is a link to a real grass pad. Some of them come pre-scented with a spray that encourages elimination there. If you buy one that does not have that, then you can also purchase a potty encouraging spray to spray on the pad to further encourage her to go potty there. https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI To train her to pee on it, first take her potty outside like usual, but whenever she goes start telling her to "Go Potty" and giving her a treat when she does. When she begins to understand what "Go Potty" means, then set up your grass pad area on the balcony. Take her there on leash like you would outside, tell her to "Go Potty", give her time to sniff the area, and when she goes reward her with several treats, one treat at a time. Do not skip the treats because that will help her learn that the balcony is now an acceptable place to go potty. If she will not go potty there even after several attempts, then crate her for five hours, put a leash on her, and quickly rush her to the grass pad area on the balcony. Tell her to "Go Potty" and reward her if she goes on the grass pad. If she does not go, then take her back inside after ten minutes of encouraging her to sniff the pad, place her back into the crate for an hour, and try again after an hour. Repeat this every hours until her bladder gets full enough that she will go when you take her. When you know her bladder is very full, then hurry her from the crate to the balcony so that she does not have an accident on the way. You can even open the door to the balcony beforehand to make the trip faster. The grass pads will by far be the easiest transition for her, but another good option is to litter box train her and place a litter box on the balcony. Simply keep the lid on the box if the balcony is uncovered, to protect against rain. Take the lid off whenever you take her to go potty, since dogs typically need litter boxes to be unenclosed, with the lids off, to pee in them. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello. Our family dog Choppy lives with us inside a house with no yard space. We weren't allowed to walk him outside (because we are children) so he never learned to use the bathroom except for the old garage inside the house. We didn't have a car so the garage is all for him. This past year whenever he is upset with us (e.g. We didnt give him food from the table, we weren't home at night, we didn't let him play with the dog from upstairs) he would poop on the hallways surrounding the garage. He'd pee and poop along the WHOLE stretch of the hallway. Usually we just clean it up and ignore him but it has been going on and on and on and i just had enough. Today, at 6 am i woke up and swept the poop and brushed the pee (we also clean it with bleach to mask the smell; hasn't worked, so far) . Then at 1 pm i come home to MORE poop and pee, i swept it and ignored him. And tonight, at 11 pm when i go to get something downstairs and see MORE POOP AND PEE. AGAIN. So i calmly gave him attention again and tried to call him downstairs to the hallway and he hides under the table when he sees me looking at the poop and pee. He hides under the table because he thinks we can't see him when he stays there and we can't catch him doing anything wrong if he wasn't at the scene of the crime/if we can't see him. Anyway, i decided to leave him near his designated poop area... For a night (he has food, space, and water). Should i not have done that?
Hello Selena, First, any remaining poop and pee smell where he had the accidents in the past will encourage him to use the bathroom in the same spots again, especially since the only thing that makes the garage floor very different from the hard floor in the house is the smell of his pee and poop in the garage from before. Bleach will NOT remove the smell. You have to have a spray that contains ENZYMES. Some pet specific sprays, like nature's miracle, will say on the bottle that it contains enzymes. Look for somewhere on the bottle that says enzymes. Use a spray that contains enzymes to remove the smell on the entire area that he has had poop and pee accidents at before. Second, if he pooped three or more times in one day, he may actually have an upset stomach right now. Keep an eye on how soft and frequent his poop is to see if his stomach is upset. It could also be a sign of anxiety. If he has an upset stomach, then the pooping is not on purpose. He can't help it until his digestive system is better again. Eating some type of people food, a new brand of dog food, or having worms are common causes for an upset stomach. Eating people food is the most likely cause if that happens often. If it's anxiety, then you will need to figure out why he is anxious. It sounds like being alone or yelled at could be the reason. If it's yelling at him, then that needs to stop. Your family can be firm with him but fair and gentle at the same time while your family teaches him - rather than yelling or being harsh. If being alone is causing the anxiety, then try giving him toys that contain his dog food when he is alone, like hollow chew toys, Kong Wobble Toy, an automatic treat dispenser, or a puzzle toy that is durable enough that he won't eat it. Also, spend some time teaching him new tricks and obedience commands for at least twenty-minutes a day to help him build trust, relationship, respect and feel stimulated mentally. Third, once you have addressed any tummy issues and anxiety issues, then you can work on the potty training by rewarding him whenever he goes potty in the garage where he is supposed to go. By keeping an eye on him when you are home by keeping him near you, and by either confining him somewhere safe and pleasant when no one can watch him (like the garage with a chew-proof bed and food stuffed toys to keep him busy) or by blocking off the areas that he is having potty accidents in. Make sure that he can easily get to the garage if there is a doggie door to it, or that you are taking him to the garage often enough if he needs you to open the door too. If he is having tummy issues, then he needs to be going every couple of hours until he is feeling better. Confining him in the garage for the night is alright as long as a couple of things have been done: 1. You have made sure that there is nothing dangerous in there, like anti-freeze or something he can chew up or hurt himself with or eat. 2.. You have given him something comfortable enough to sleep on - that he cannot tear up and eat. 3. It is not too cold for him in the garage overnight. 4. His sleeping spot is in a clean area, away from any poop and pee. 5. You have addressed any anxiety and given him something good to do, like chewing on a safe chew toy or a food stuffed chew toy. 6. He is not locked out there all the time, 24 hrs a day, during the day and night. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Due to our illness /we are senior citizens ,our puppy was allowed to go in the backyard. Now we are trying to train him to go outside and in the parks, we live in nyc. He has learned to pee outside but we walk and walk him but he will hold his poop till he gets back home and go in the backyard. Any suggestions ? Thanks
Hello Jerry, He might be distracted or intimidated by the smell of other dogs and new places. I suggest starting by taking him to very boring places with potentially fewer smells and simply hanging out in those locations all day, such as taking a picnic and book and spending the day at a park often to get him familiar with it. When he pees or poos somewhere new, give him four treats, one at a time. You can slow purchase a potty encouraging spray like "Go Here", Hurry", "Potty Encouraging Spray", ect... And spray it where you want him to go but spending time in those types of places and giving treats will be the most important steps. Also, try taking him outside thirty-minute after he eats to encourage him to go even more. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog is poopy at the place he lives how to prevent poopy in his crate . I do take her for a walk just after the meals but instead she prefer to potty early in the morning .what don't suggest
Hello Frida, Most dogs need to pee when they first wake up and poop after they eat, which means they need to be taken outside twice in the morning and watched to make sure they go if they are having accidents inside. If she has been having accidents in the crate then I suggest taking her outside earlier in the morning, cleaning the crate thoroughly with a cleaner that contains enzymes (it must contains Enzymes), and making sure her crate is only large enough for her to lay down, stand up, and turn around and not so big that she can use the bathroom in one end and stand in the other end to avoid the pee or poop. Also, make sure there is nothing absorbent like a soft bed or towel in the crate. Look into Primopad.com if you need a non-absorbent bed to put in the crate. You can also tie the primopad corners down to keep her from chewing the corners of the bed. If she is having frequent accidents during the day too, even in the crate, and this is recent, then have a vet check her out to make sure she does not have a urinary tract infection or other issue. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I am trying to housetrain our puppy however haven’t been that successful. He is still having accidents and is in consistent peeing on the puppy pads and the pet loo. He regularly goes to the toilet in the house as he is an indoor dog rather in the down stairs area which is where we at wanting him to go. More importantly I want to train him to not poo upstairs.
Hello Rachael, Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. The article talks about litter box training but you can use the same steps with a pee pad or real grass pad also. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy You can also attach him to yourself with a six to eight-foot leash when you are home instead, watch him very carefully, and take him potty on the leash every two- and-a-half hours. The key is to supervise him or confine him well enough that the accidents up stairs stop, then to take him to the area he is supposed to go on on leash to help him learn. Tell him to "Go Potty" once he is down there, then give him four treats, one at a time, when he goes potty - the treats will help him want to go there more often. The more accidents he has the longer it will take to teach him. The more times that he pees in the right spot and is rewarded, the quicker he will learn. Some smaller dogs also take longer to learn. The world is a lot bigger and traveling to his spot down stairs is a lot further if your legs are short, so try to stay consistent and not give up. Also, if he tends to have accidents on carpets and rugs, then he might be confusing the fabric of the pee pads with other soft items. If that's the case, I suggest switching to real grass pads instead. You can also switch to a litter box, but the pads tend to be easier for a dog to learn. Real grass pad: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=asc_df_B005G7S6UI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763115430&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9306292971755485621&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=pla-568582223506&psc=1 Porch Potty also makes a fancier, more permanent grass pad. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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