How to Train Your Dog to Poop in a Designated Area

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4-6 Weeks
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Introduction

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. 

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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.

The Poop Spot Method

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Pick a spot
Once you have picked your designated poop spot for your dog, place a scoop of your dog's poop in that spot and leave it in the area. Be sure other areas of your yard or the space where your dog will frequent for play are clean of urine and poop.
Step
2
Go potty
Take your dog to the spot where you have left the poop and use it command such as “go potty.” If your dog begins to sniff around, reward him with praise, repeating the command “go potty.”
Step
3
No play
Avoid letting your dog play in this area and avoid letting your dog into other areas to play until he has pooped.
Step
4
Scent
With the scent of the poop you have left in the area, your dog should begin to sniff around with interest and potentially poop there as well.
Step
5
Poop
If your dog can poop when you show him his designated spot, give him verbal praise as well as a treat.
Step
6
Redirecting
Avoid punishing your dog if he poops elsewhere. Offer verbal praise and a treat when your dog poops in his designated spot.
Step
7
One pile
While your dog is learning that this is his special place to poop, keep at least one pile of poop in the area. However, keep the area clean otherwise because too much poop will deter your dog from wanting to go there.
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8
Accidents
If your dog has an accident elsewhere, clean it up quickly so he does not sniff and relate the space as a spot to use. Give your dog zero attention, praise, or treats. Be sure you are consistently taking your dog to the right area every time he needs to go potty.
Step
9
After meals
Watch your dog after meals after waking and after playtime and be sure to visit the designated pooping spot with your dog during training, so he begins to understand that is his spot for pooping specifically.
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The Leash Training Method

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Step
1
Leash walk
With your dog on a leash, walk him to the designated poop spot and let him sniff around.
Step
2
One place
Every time you take your dog outside, use the leash and walk him to the designated spot. Avoid letting your dog play in this area and use the leash to keep him confined to the specific space you have designated as his pooping spot until he has pooped.
Step
3
Meals and naps
Be sure to take him to the designated spot on his leash after mealtime, playtime, and waking from sleep.
Step
4
Habit
Over time, your dog will get used to going to that specific spot every time he needs to poop. As your dog begins to walk himself to your designated pooping spot you may begin to let him go off his leash.
Step
5
Off-leash
The first few times your dog is off his leash be sure to walk with him, encouraging him to use his designated poop spot. After several days of escorting him to the poop area off leash, begin to let him go on his own.
Step
6
Playing
If your dog begins to play in that area, encourage him to go elsewhere to play, and if your dog has an accident in a zone that is not the designated poop spot, clean it up and take him to your designated area.
Step
7
Accidents
If your dog has accidents elsewhere, clean up and ignore the behavior.
Step
8
Reward
Reward your dog's positive behavior with praise and treats every time he poops in your designated spot.
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The Desginated Area Method

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Step
1
Potty needs
Choose a space specifically for your dog’s potty needs. This area should be free of any distractions and kept clean. Take him to his specific area and use a verbal cue such as “Go potty.”
Step
2
Stay in area
Keep your dog in that area until he eliminates. Offer your pup a reward in the form of a treat and verbal praise.
Step
3
Reward
If you are trying to train your dog to go in one spot, bear in mind you may only want to offer the reward if he uses that spot.
Step
4
Rest and play
Carry on with your day allowing your dog to play and rest.
Step
5
After meals
After meals, when you return home from being away, and anytime your dog goes outside, take him to his special potty area.
Step
6
Go potty
Using your command words such as “go potty,” leave your dog for a few minutes in this area and wait for him to poop.
Step
7
Using area
The more your dog uses this space for pooping, the more the area will smell like him and remind him that this is his special potty place. However, be sure to keep it clean because if left with more than one pile of poop, your dog may begin to refuse the area and want to go elsewhere.
Step
8
Treat
Reward your dog for good behavior and repeat the steps above. Pay attention to your dog during normal activities and watch his body language. Your puppy may spin around, pace, or wag his behind a little more when he has to eliminate. Knowing these signs will help you to get your dog to his potty place within an appropriate time.
Step
9
Accident
If your puppy has an accident or poops outside of his designated area, clean it up quickly without punishing the dog.
Step
10
Special spot
Take your dog to his special potty place and repeat the steps above, rewarding him if he eliminates again.
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Dozer
Mix (Corgie/Shepherd?)
5 Years
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Dozer
Mix (Corgie/Shepherd?)
5 Years

We just adopted a dog. I want to make him a designated spot to poo in the yard but what size should I make it? He’s about 2 1/2 feet long and weight about 35 lbs. Thank you for you expertise.

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Tera, I suggest making the spot at least three times as long as he is, so at least 7.2 ft long by 3 ft wide, or about 5 ft x 5 ft. You can make it larger (an entire back portion of the yard or corner of the yard for instance) but making it at least three times as long as he is will give him at least enough room to circle around, walk it, and sniff. If you keep it small make sure you scoop his poop frequently or he may refuse to go potty on it if there are multiple droppings. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Rex
German Shepherd
3 Months
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German Shepherd
3 Months

Hello,
We've had our dog for about a month and he is well pee trained but our family does not approve of it when he poops in our yard. So we want him to poop in our unused bathroom that has a hole quite big enough for him to poop in but small enough so that he doesn't fall inside. Can we train him to poop right in that spot?

Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Ume, You can likely train him to poop in that part of the bathroom near the hole within a couple of feet, any maybe even within a one-foot radius, but expecting him to poop in a hole that small will be very difficult. Some especially observant dogs could learn it with several months practice of you lining them up just right and rewarding with treats for getting closer and close, but many dogs need to be able to circle around, sniff and move around more than such a tiny small would allow. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Koleon
pit bull terrier
7 Months
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Koleon
pit bull terrier
7 Months

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?

Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Tyson
French Bulldog
5 Months
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French Bulldog
5 Months

hello,
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.

Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Holly
Labrador Retriever
11 Years
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Labrador Retriever
11 Years

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.

Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Fozzy
Shih Tzu
6 Years
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Shih Tzu
6 Years

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

Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Tallulah
Labrador Retriever
18 Months
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Labrador Retriever
18 Months

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

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Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Blake
Maltipoo
8 Weeks
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Maltipoo
8 Weeks

Hello,

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!

Caitlin Crittenden
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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
Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years
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Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years

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?

Caitlin Crittenden
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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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Choppy
German Shepherd
Seven Years
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Choppy
German Shepherd
Seven Years

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?

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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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Lucas
German Shepard/boxer mix
7 Months
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German Shepard/boxer mix
7 Months

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

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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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Fida
Labridor
3 Years
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Fida
Labridor
3 Years

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

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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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Turbo
German Shepherd
4 Months
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Turbo
German Shepherd
4 Months

I am crate training my dog and trying to teach her to go potty in a specific area. She has peeing down pretty well but I’m trying to teach her to poop in a specific spot as well. Should the areas be in a different location? Also, I know that pooping is obviously not as regular of an occurrence as peeing so do I still need to be strict with her and put her back in the crate if she doesn’t go poop? Or if she pees, do I allow her do play with our other dog for a while and then put her back?

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Hello, The pee and poop area can be the same area. There will be times when you want to crate her again and times when you can give her freedom after peeing. Pay attention to when she tends to poop. Most puppies will poop within 45 minutes of eating a meal two to three times a day. Some will poop mid-morning and late afternoon, ect...Pay attention to her schedule. Anytime you suspect she still has to poop or will have to poop soon, crate her again until she goes poop outside too. If she has already pooped during that part of the day and probably won't need to again until that afternoon or evening you can give her freedom after peeing even if she didn't poop then. When you are unsure what to do, attach her to yourself with a 6 or 8 foot leash so that she will stay close by for you to notice any signals that she has to go - like circling, sniffing, trying to sneak off, pulling hard on the leash, crying or squatting. This also prevents her from sneaking off to poop - which most puppies will do to have privacy. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Charlie
Dashalier
17 Weeks
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Dashalier
17 Weeks

Hi there,

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.

Thank you

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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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Reuben
cockapoo
6 Months
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cockapoo
6 Months

Hi,

Our pup has always went to pee and poo on our grass out the back, we have now put a fence up which separates pavement from grass.

How can we get him to pee and poo on the pavement?

We tried this last week but he literally holds it in then we finally put him on the grass after hours trying to get him to go on pavement and he only goes on grass

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Hello Glen, Try gradually transitioning him. Cover a section of the pavement with a disposable grass pad or a section of sod grass. Take him to the area on leash and tell him to "Go Potty" and let him sniff it. When he goes potty there, praise and reward him with three small treats one at a time. Once he will go potty on that grass spot on the pavement, gradually remove part of the grass pad over the course of a month, until he will go potty straight on the pavement. Disposable 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=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4628430177348674255&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=pla-568582223506&psc=1 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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George
Golden Retriever
3 Months
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Golden Retriever
3 Months

Our three month Golden Retriever George has a potty corner and had been using it but now he decided to go in the middle of the yard. We go out with him at all times but he takes of on us and uses the yard. He is such a sweet dog but we are out of ideas how to get him to use his corner. I keep it clean at all times.
Thank you for your help.

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Hello Martina, At this age, he needs to be taken to his potty spot on a leash. He needs to be taken potty on a leash so that the potty spot is the only option for several months. Dogs are very habitual and to teach a dog to go potty in one specific location you need to practice just that location primarily for so long that the dog forms a long term habit of going there and prefers it himself because of the familiarity as an adult. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Max
German Shepherd
10 Months
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German Shepherd
10 Months

My dog, Max, has been living in a closed cage since he was one month old. Of course I used to let him out for 1- 2 hours daily. I trained him to poop in one area inside the cage. A few months later, when he became big enough, I started letting out in the backyard from evening till next day early morning. At the beginning, he used to poop in different soil areas, which was OK with me, but later on, he became pooping on on tile area, and it became his constant pooping area! How can let him keep pooping in his cage which I keep open at night? taking into consideration that he eats on different times every day and it's hard to expect when he poops!

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Hello Johnny, You would need to walk him over to the area that you want him to go potty at, tell him "Go Potty", and if he goes potty there reward him with treats frequently. You would also need to limit his access to areas that you do not want him going potty on until he was in the habit of pooping in the correct spot again, and clean the tile with a spray that contains enzymes - which will remove the smell well enough for him not to be attracted to going potty on the tile again. Only enzymes fully remove the smell for a dog. The above description is the best way to teach him to go potty there and not somewhere else. Some options that are less likely to work, but might still be worth trying, are: 1. Spraying the area that you want him to eliminate on with a potty encouraging spray consistently, like "Go Here" spray, "Hurry" spray, "Puppy Training" spray. 2. Block off the tile area and accept him pooping on the soil, and reward him with a treat whenever you catch him pooping in the crate - to help him get out of the habit of soiling on the tile, and to prefer the crate the most. 3. Clean the tile with a cleaner that contains enzymes - which are the only thing that will fully remove the urine and poop smell for his sensitive nose. Other cleaners do not remove it for the dog not to still smell and any remaining toileting smell will naturally encourage him to go potty there again. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Remi
German Shepherd
2 Years
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Remi
German Shepherd
2 Years

We live on a farm and the previous dogs we had were used to pooping out in the field. Those dogs have passed away since then. Ever since we got our German Shepherd 2 years ago we struggled to get him to poop out in the field. Now he poops where ever he pleases. Pole barn, barn, on the lawn. My husband is tired of getting poop stuck in his lawn mower tires. Is it too late to train him to poop in the field??

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Hello Lori, It is not too late but it will take a lot of work. You essentially have to prevent him from pooping anywhere but the field by either confining him inside (assuming he's potty trained) or attaching him to your self while you work around the yard so that he cannot wander off, then take him to the field on a leash to go potty every time. When you take him, tell him to "Go Potty" and reward him with five small treats if he goes, to encourage him to go there regularly. You will need to do this for long enough for him to form a new strong habit of going there, which will probably take months. It can be done, but requires commitment. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Quinn
German Shepherd
2 Months
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German Shepherd
2 Months

I am bringing my new puppy home next week and would like to train her to go in one area of the yard, specifically a gravel area where we used to have a swingset. Though I have heard that dogs prefer grass to 'go' on? Is there anything wrong or harderabout training to go on gravel vs grass?

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Hello, Due to the discomfort of standing on gravel and the lack of a grass smell it can be harder to train but many people do successfully train dogs to do it in cities where grass is limited. It will probably take a bit longer. You will need to keep taking her potty on leash (so she cannot wander over to the grass) for longer until she prefers the gravel out of habit. You should also reward her with treats when she goes potty there to help her want to go potty there each time - because it is associated with good things. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Pepper
Bernedoodle
4 Months
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Bernedoodle
4 Months

I've had my puppy for 3 weeks now. She is peeing and pooing pretty regularly in our designated outside spots. (she has a different one for pee and for poo, but at least they are both in our outside courtyard spot). She has no idea that she can go outside in the grass now that I've started to take her out on walks or to the park. How do I get her to start understanding that she can go outside in other spots other than her designated spot? Also, I'd like to eventually take her to work or go to a friends house. How do I teach her that those are 'inside" spots that she can't go in?

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Hello Theresa, First, when you take her to her designated spots tell her to "Go Potty" and reward her with treats when she goes potty. Once she understands what "Go Potty" means, take her to the other locations you would like her to go potty at also and tell her to "Go Potty" and encourage her to sniff. If she does not go potty either stay in that location until she cannot hold it any longer then reward her when she goes potty there. A good time to do this is a weekend morning when she has a full bladder so she will not be able to hold it for very long and you will not have to stay outside all day, or after you have been gone for a while and she has not pottied in a while. You can also take her on a walk at other times and if she does not go potty, return home without letting her go in her designated spot and put her in a crate for thirty minutes or an hour (depending on how badly you think she needs to go), and then take her on a walk again, telling her to "Go Potty". Repeat this until she finally goes potty when you walk her and tell her to "Go Potty," then reward her with treats after she goes so that she will know it was alright that she went potty there, for the future. The more places you practice the above routine in the more she should generalize that when she is told Go Potty it is acceptable to pee in that location, and go potty in other places too. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Lucy
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
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Labrador Retriever
1 Year

How can i train my dog to pee and poo within minutes?

I'm a night shift nurse who's away from 7pm till 7am, 15 nights a month.


I don't always have the luxury of taking my dog to go potty 3+ times a day.
So i feed her on a schedule and give her the daily required amount of water (1L for 21kg)

I've had her for 5 days now, she pees within minutes of arriving to the designated potty spot, but poo takes much longer and several more attempts.
I don't walk her untill she poos. And try not to feed her untill she does. But I can't always wait 2hrs for her to poo, so I feed you anyway.

Any suggestions?

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Hello Roland, Most dogs actually need to poop within thirty minutes after eating. I suggest taking her potty AFTER you feed her. Make sure that still wait until AFTER she poops to take her for a walk though - like you are doing now. First thing in the morning you may have to take her to pee, then take her again to poop after she eats if she cannot hold her pee until after breakfast - the first pee trip can be quick though if she isn't ready to poop then and you are about to take her back outside after breakfast anyway. If she can hold her pee until after breakfast, I suggest taking her outside 10-15 minutes after she eats. Also, when you take her potty each time, tell her to "Go Potty" and when she pees and especially when she poops, give her several small treats in a row. Keep a small container of treats somewhere by the door our of her reach so that they will be convenient to grab on your way outside. Don't show her the treats until after she goes potty. Rewarding her after she goes potty after you tell her to "Go Potty" should help her learn to go potty faster. After she pees and you've rewarded her, tell her to "Go Potty" again if she might need to poop. Moving her around slowly and feeding her before taking her outside generally should help her need to poop. You can also temporarily use a potty encouraging spray, "Go Here" or "Hurry Spray" and spray it on the area you want her to go on to help her understand what she is supposed to be doing. Do this in addition to feeding beforehand and teaching her "Go Potty" with treats, not in place of those things though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Eclipse
German Shepherd
1 Day
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German Shepherd
1 Day

Is it possible to have like a big bowl or a container designated for the dog to poop instead of just an area in the grass?

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Hello Luis, Yes it is possible to teach many dogs to go potty on or in something, but it will take time and work to get there. You first have to create a specific designated spot, like a large box, big enough for the puppy to walk around in to do his business in. You also want to make sure that the box is not slippery so that that won't be a deterrent. Don't go too small with the box at first, that will happen gradually. Once he is potty trained to use the box, then two things need to happen. 1. As a German Shepherd he will grow pretty big. This also means that the small box that he could walk around in before gets smaller in relationship to him. Instead of increasing the size of the box as he grows, keep it the same size. Whenever you take him potty, tell him to "Go Potty" and reward him with several treats in a row when he goes potty there. Later if he starts to get hesitant as the potty decreases in size proportionally, you can still tell him to "Go Potty" and reward him for pottying there to help him get over his concerns. 2. Once he is fully grown, completely potty trained, and has no problems going in the box with his full size, you can make the box smaller if you wish by either deconstructing it, cutting down boards, and putting it back together again (if wooden) or build or buy a new box that looks like the other box and has some of the elements of the old box added to it to make it smell the same at first. Only decrease the box by a few inches at a time though or he may refuse to go potty in it - it needs to be a gradual decrease done several times overtime, with enough time in between each decrease for him to adjust to the new box and like it alright (if you need to get it a lot smaller). In the end don't try to make it too small though. If you make it too small, it will be very difficult for him to go potty. Don't expect him to be able to aim well - if its small enough that he has to aim well, then it's probably too small. If he can just generally stand over it or in it without being too specific about aiming, that will be easier. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Shadow
Greyador
10 Months
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Greyador
10 Months

I adopted a dog about two weeks ago. I am having trouble getting him to go poop in a specific corner of the yard. After meals I walk him over (on a leash) to that corner but he refuses to poop there, he only pees there. Yet we notice that when we leave the house and he stays in the yard on his own he poops in the side of the house (where there is plenty of foot traffic).

How do I get him to stop pooping in one area and start getting him to go in a designated corner?? Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hello Ramiro, Check out the article I have linked below. Use the Crate Training method, take him only to the designated poop spot for potty breaks, tell him to "Go Potty" and reward with treats if he goes there. If he doesn't go, take him back inside and put him back into the crate if he likely still needs to go potty. You can also spray the spot with a potty encouraging spray like "Go Here" or "Hurry Spray". You want to make that spot his only option for pooping by using the crate inside, taking him potty on a leash, and helping him learn what you want him to do by using the "Go Potty" command, treats, and potty encouraging spray. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Expect to have to take him to that spot only in your yard on a leash for several months before you can trust him to go only there on his own- he needs to develop a long-term habit of it which takes time and repetition for a dog to create. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Toutou
Goldendoodle
4 Months
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Goldendoodle
4 Months

Hi there!

We build a potty place for our puppy. She used to go in it so easily but since a couple of weeks she refuses to enter it. She pulls on the leash or completely stops. We are trying to attract her with some treats which works but we are worried because we want her to go potty in that place all by herself eventually. We clean her potty place often so I can't figure out what is the problem. What should we do? Is she simply in her "adolescent" phase?

Please help!

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Hello Marjorie, This could be an independent streak that simply takes some persistence and insisting she enters on your part, there may also have been something scary that happened while she was in there that she associates with that location, or the size might be too small for her to want to eliminate in there if the area is not at least twice as large as she is (dogs don't like going potty in confined spaces). Without being there to see her and work with her in person it is hard to say. If you have the option of temporarily removing the walls but leaving the potty area there and keeping it in the same location, you may want to try temporarily doing that. If she seems genuinely terrified to go there, then I suggest taking steps to help her overcome whatever fear has developed by sprinkling treats around the area and rewarding her several times in a row after she goes potty there. You may even want to smear some peanut butter on something that sticks up next to the potty area, so that she can lick the peanut butter while standing on the potty area. Unless she seems genuinely scared or you know of something scary that happened to her while in there, I would normally advise remove the sides of the enclosure right now and use the leash to move her onto the potty area. Jog up to the potty area so that her momentum will carry her onto it and she doesn't have time to stop in front. Once she is on it, give a treat, tell her Go Potty, and when she goes potty, give her four treats or pieces or her dog kibble, one piece at a time as a reward for going. (keep the treat stash out of sight though so that she doesn't just stare at your treat pouch the whole time). After a month or two - when she seems relaxed about going to the potty area again, then gradually re-erect the walls over the course of a couple weeks. Pause your progress with the walls if she seems to be doing a bit worse again and work with just some of the walls up first, before you add more. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Pomsky
8 Months
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Pomsky
8 Months

We just adopted a husky/pomeraian/? Mix from a rescue and we're finding it challenging to train him to go outside. We were told he was never outside before being rescued but that the Foster mom had gotten him to at least use the pads in the house. Since coming home he occasionally uses the pads just goes in the restroom or my son's room just as often.
We make sure to walk him after each meal but he wants to explore or play and if we try to get him to walk around his designated potty spot (where he has peed on several occasions now) he will lay down. He also needs to be trained to walk properly in a leash so I assume that's part of the challenge; is there any advice you can give us to conquer the bad habits from guys first home?

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Hello Renee, Because of his history with potty training he really needs to be crate trained for potty training to work. The crate will utilize his natural desire to hold his bladder and poop in a confined space, making it so that he is only free while he is empty and his only option for going potty is outside. If you intend to train him to go potty outside as your end goal, I suggest removing the pee pads because that can cause confusion if you do both, and lead to accidents on rugs. Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Since he is older you can take him potty every 2-3 hours while home, giving him 1-1.5 hours of freedom (less if he has accidents then) after he goes potty outside, and putting him back into the crate whenever he doesn't go - and trying again after 1-2 hours in the crate. The goal is for him to only be outside the crate while his bladder is empty. If you want him to spend a little more time with you, then once he is in the habit of going potty well outside and isn't having accidents while sticking to the crate training schedule, then you can also use the Tethering method from the article linked below in combination with the crate training method, but use just the crate training method first to get him into the habit of going potty outside and to break the cycle of pottying inside. Crate Training method and Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Since your pup is older, when you are not home he can be crated for up to 5 hours, and eventually 7-8 once he adjusts to holding his bladder in the crate. When you are home, take him out every 2-3 at least though. Make sure there is nothing absorbent in the crate like a soft bed or towel. If you need a non-absorbent bed, check out www.primopads.com The crate should also be just big enough for him to turn around, lie down, and stand up, and not big enough that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end away from it - too big and it won't encourage his instinct to keep it clean. To get him used to walking on the leash check out the article linked below. That article focuses on basic leash introductions, so that a dog learns to come toward you when they feel tension on the leash, instead of pull away. It doesn't teach a formal heel yet, but is the first step toward leash manners: Leash Acceptance article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash Heel Article - turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Arya
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
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Labrador Retriever
6 Months

We rescued our dog from the humane society about 5 days ago. She has pooped inside every day regardless of ample time outside. She is very anxious and skittish and sometimes poops when crated. We can get her to pee outside when she is running to catch water from the hose. Otherwise she has had 2 accidents in the house with urinating as well. We need help.

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Hello Olivia, It sounds like the real issue is her fearfulness. While chasing the water from the hose she is probably so excited that she forgets about her fear and relaxes enough to go potty - plus the activity encourages her body to need to pee. First, make sure there is nothing absorbent in the crate with her that may encourage her to potty in the crate. If you want to give her a bed in the crate, then use something like www.primopads.com . Crate her in a calm location away from windows and give her a food stuffed chew toy while in there to take her mind off of things. Use tips from the Surprise method from the article linked below if she seems fearful of the crate itself - the article says small dog but the training is the same in that method for any size. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate If she can handle being close to you, then attach her to yourself (carefully so she doesn't drag you over) with a 6 or 8 foot leash to prevent her from sneaking off to potty. Use a combination of crate training and attaching her to yourself to prevent accidents inside. You can also have her wear a doggie diaper with a doggie diaper pad or human incontinence pad inside it while inside to prevent your home from smelling like urine while she is working to overcome fears and has more accidents - preventing your home from smelling like urine is important for teaching her to hold it inside either way. Introduce the diapers with a lot of treats, gently distracting her whenever she starts to chew at it until she gets used to wearing it. Check out the article linked below folllow the Tethering and Crate Training methods - since she is older the times will be a lot longer between potty trips. Pay attention to how long she tends to go between pottying and take her potty more often than that during the day. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Work on potty training by doing what I mentioned above, but your main focus should also be getting her over her fear of being outside and around you so that she can relax enough to potty there. Without getting over the fear of pottying outside, she will struggle with accidents inside. If she has an accident inside, quickly rush her outside, but don't yell or rub her nose in it or use tons of punishment because that could make her not want to potty in front of you while outside too and we are trying to overcome her fear of that and not make it worse. If she already seems afraid of potty in front of you, then take her potty on a thirty foot leash and let her wander away from you to go potty. Tell her to "Go Potty", and after she goes, toss treats over to her that are large enough for her to see in the grass as a reward for pottying outside. Spend time simply hanging out with her outside and sitting in the grass or ground - if she was never socialized outside, one of the things she needs is just to have time outside to get used to it. Keep the area calm and relaxed and avoid super busy places for the first couple of weeks - until she relaxes enough to improve with potty training. Continue doing things outside with her that she loves too, like playing with water. You want her to look forward to going outside, but you also want her to learn to associate it with pottying and not just play - so take her potty on a leash for potty trips so that you can keep her focused - using a long leash if needed right now. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Cristina
Rottweiler Mix
8 Weeks
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Rottweiler Mix
8 Weeks

My pup is an outside dog. I am trying to learn how to train him to do potty in one spot. We have a big yard and he tends to do poop all over the yard. I never see when he is about to use the bathroom. So I am always seeing the poop around the yard. How do I teach him to go in one spot?

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Hello Cristina, Honestly, training a dog to go potty in a certain spot only requires taking the dog potty only to that spot (on a leash usually), and limiting access to other areas he may potty in while his bladder is full. Since he is loose in your yard all the day and unsupervised a lot of those time I cannot guarantee it can be trained under those circumstances. You can try adding attractant "Go Here" type train to a certain area regularly so that the scent will encourage him, block off the areas you most want him not to go potty in, and reward him anytime you catch him pottying in the correct location. Those things will help him but likely not give full consistency with it. An extreme option would be to cover all of your yard you do not want him to potty on with something that she doesn't want to potty on, while leaving the area you do want to train natural and a desirable place to go potty...Very few people want to cover their yard with gravel and create a wonderful grassy area to attract pup though. If you did decide to do so, you could later remove the gravel and regrow grass in other places too once the habit has been established for a year. The only real option here is to have him live indoors for the next 6 months and take him potty outside on a leash to his designated area outside, then reward him for pottying in that spot while he is still learning, so that he prefers going potty in that area later in life. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Leo
German Shepherd
8 Months
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German Shepherd
8 Months

I am trying to teach leo to go potty in a specific spot instead of going where he pleases which is poop everywhere for everyone. But when I put him on his leash and take him to the spot and I say go potty on a stretch leash he just stands there. I've started this today early in the morning and he hasn't gone since the morning where I first tried meaning he is holding it in . He is a inside dog and usually we let him out and go but he does it all over the yard and I'm trying to train in 1 spot but he just stands there and acts like he isn't listening to me. Then I take him back in the house and soon as I take his leash off he's wimping at the door to go potty but I put the leash on and I lead him he shys away! Help me please.all day today he hasn't even pissed!! Nothing.

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Hello Jeffrey, Most dogs need movement and scent to get help them feel the urge to go. First, I suggest using a potty encouraging spray and spraying the spot where you want him to go right before you take him each time. You shouldn't have to do this for more than a week once his own scent is in that area from pottying there in most cases. Second, keep your leash shorter, like 6 to 8 foot at first, and slowly walk in around in the area where you want him to go while saying "Go Potty". Be patient - at first it will take some time moving him around and him smelling the ground before he decides to go - he should get quickly as he improves though. When he does finally go, give him four small treats or pieces of his dog food if he likes his own food. This is to encourage him to go faster in the future and to teach him what "Go Potty" means - which should help him focus and learn to go faster in the future also, even after phasing out the food eventually. Walking him around slowly on the leash is a step that can't be skipped for this to work for many dogs - he needs to movement to feel the urge to go most of the time, and until he learns to sniff around in that area himself, you will have to encourage it. The area you walk him around doesn't have to be huge, but the walking around slowly - encouraging him to sniff is what's important. After he pees, if he could need to poop (when in doubt do this), then tell him to "Go Potty" again and slowly walk him around for twice as long as you did to get him to pee. Most dogs will learn to pee more quickly but need extra encouragement and reminders to learn to poop quickly. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Jules
Pointer
5 Years
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Pointer
5 Years

We rescued our dog 9 months ago, and she has suddenly decided to start holding her poop/pee only for long walks or dog parks. We're working the "go outside every 15 minutes and reward with treats" method, but worry she'll out-stubborn us. How long is too long to allow her to hold it while training this way? She has no problem waiting 48 hours sometimes.

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Hello Erin, I am not a vet but there is an ask a vet section on wagwalking under the medical articles section - it may be worth asking there. My general guidelines as a pet owner myself would be watching to make sure: 1. the urine is not dark colored when he does finally go. 2. He is still eating and drinking normally. 3. His poops are not hard or liquid diarrhea (which can be a sign of bad constipation also rarely), but are normal consistency. If all of those things are met and he is being given regular opportunities to potty, then I wouldn't be super worried about long holding times. It's not good long-term because your body needs to get rid of waste and not put constant extra pressure on your bladder, but temporarily until you get over a training hump I would just watch more for the signs he is eating, drinking, pooping, and peeing normally still. Ask a vet though to see if their answer is different and go with their medical advice above my recommendations. To help things along, be sure that pup isn't afraid of anything in the area where you take him potty, is taken on leash to decrease distractions (a long leash if he does better further from you), is told to "Go Potty" when you take him, then rewarded with treats after he goes (this will teach Go Potty to make future trips go faster), and walk him around slowly while on the leash to help him feel the need to go due to the movement. Also, taking him potty 15-45 minutes after eating can help get a poop. Spraying a potty encouraging spray where you want him to go in the yard, like "Go Here", "Hurry!" or "Puppy Training" spray can help encourage things along or adding another health dog's poop to the yard (just one so the scent will encourage elimination but not be too dirty). If your dog is smart he may have learned that if he goes potty in the yard the fun ends and he doesn't get to go on a walk, or that you turn around during the walk right after he potties...So he holds it to prolong a walk or get to go on a walk. The movement of running at the dog park and walking during a walk, along with the smells of where the other dogs have gone also encourage the need to potty. that's why simulating that movement and scent in your yard also can help. From a training perspective you will need to switch the order. Before he gets in the car or goes on a walk, require a potty in the yard, then the trip is a reward for pottying there first. Be willing to skip the walk or dog park for a few days at first while switching this order if you can't get a pee or poop out of him first. He will probably always naturally tend to poop more after running at the dog park though simply because of the movement - as long as he is pooping in the yard too when he has the urge to go, pooping at the dog park should be fine, it's just the withholding at home you want to get past (as I'm sure you know). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Luna
German Shepherd and malamute
3 Years
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German Shepherd and malamute
3 Years

Hi there! We rescued our dog back in January and have since moved from an apartment, where she learned to pee/poo on walks, to a house with a fenced yard. We let her outside without a leash every 4 or so hours to pee/poop, but recently she’s been going outside and not eliminating. She’ll play or lay in the sun or dig. When we try to call her in, she runs from us. The issues are 1) we want to her pee/poop first, then play in case we need to leave (ie. before work) and 2) we want her to come when we call her back in and not run from us (it’s a playful/stubborn thing—she’s not scared). These issues feel related since they both happen in the yard but need help figuring it out. She’ll sometimes not eliminate after 30 mins, we’ll chase her down to come in, and she’ll pee inside later. Also, she is not food-motivated. She loves walks and belly rubs. In fact, when she doesn’t want to come in, she’ll sometimes flip on her belly across the yard as if saying “belly rub first.” Thanks, Ashley

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Hello Ashley, Is she toy motivated? If she likes to play tug or fetch, use that for your reward instead of food. Right now she needs to be taken potty on a leash in your yard. I know that seems annoying considering you have a yard but its the best way to teach her until she learns to go quickly on her own. Take her potty in the yard on a six or eight foot leash. Tell her to "Go Potty" and slowly walk her around in your yard, encouraging her to sniff. Keep her focused and not playing using the leash to redirect her away from distractions. When she finally goes potty, praise her enthusiastically and take off the leash. Have a ball or toy ready and play a quick game with her. Eventually just freedom to run around can be used as a reward but you need something more specific at first - like a few ball throws or tug games (it doesn't have to be long play sessions - just five minutes, but it can be longer). Play is a reward for "Go Potty" - teaching her what Go Potty means and motivating her to go potty FIRST to earn play second. You will likely need to take her potty this way for 2-4 months to really cement pottying quickly outside - dogs are very habitual so it needs to be long enough for it to become a long-term habit. After that, take her off leash but still go with her until she does well with that too, then add distance between you and her, so that you are staying closer to the house door and you are sending her out to go potty on her own, but you are still there to tell her to "Go Potty", reward and praise afterward, and make sure she actually went. Finally, tell her to "Go Potty" from when you let her out the door, watch her through the window to make sure she goes, and go outside and redirect her or clip on a leash if you see she is getting distracted - the consistency of going outside to redirect her should teach her to stay focused on the task even when you aren't there. After she goes potty, she can play or come back inside and be praised - depending on what she wants to do and what your schedule allows. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Harli
Terrier chihuahua
2 Years
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Terrier chihuahua
2 Years

I adopted Harli 3 months ago. I took her home and we got ourselves on a regular potty schedule. We go out every 4 hours during the day and we sit in the backyard with her on a very long 50-foot line and she goes potty. In two months she only had two poops inside and those are on days where I was gone an extendedtime I have now moved into a much smaller home and I have a dog door with a 4-foot by about 15 ft dog run for her to go out and potty outside the back. Then we frequently go out in the front and play. She will go pee in either the front area or the back through the dog door but she will only poop in the house. I can sit outside with her for up to two hours and we will then come in the house and I will put her leash away and she will poop inside. What am I doing wrong?

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Hello Becky, First, many dogs will feel the urge to poop when they walk or run around. Scent can also trigger the urge. What material is in the kennel run floor. If it's concrete or a synthetic material pup might not be associating it with pottying. If the kennel run is too small she may not be moving around enough to get things going. While playing with you in the front yard, despite it being a natural material I am assuming and moving around, pup is probably too distracted to go potty because of the play. I suggest crate training pup. Whenever pup hasn't pottied outside and may need to, confine pup to a crate. After an hour try taking pup back outside to go potty. Every time you take pup outside, walk her around on a leash (even in the kennel at this stage) so that the movement will encourage her to go. Tell her to "Go Potty" and if she pees, give one treat. If she poops give several small treats (you can also use her dog food for treats if she likes her food). If the kennel run is concrete or something synthetic, you may need to place a piece of grass sod or a few real grass pads on top in there while first training. Spraying a potty encouraging spray on the area right before you take her potty can also help. If she doesn't go potty, return her to the crate and try again later. Repeat doing that after every potty trip until she finally goes potty. Once she goes potty she can have more freedom until it's the time of day when she may need to poop again. Pay attention to what times of the day she usually goes. Many dogs will need to poop after breakfast and after dinner, meaning if she poops in the morning she may be fine until late afternoon. To introduce the crate, check out the Surprise method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate Manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Also, be sure to clean up any accidents new and old (that you can remember) with a cleaner that contains enzymes - only enzymes will remove the smell fully and any remaining smell will encourage up to go potty in that spot again later. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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