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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i trained my self to poop on the street