Maybe you have rescued or adopted an older dog, and you need to train him to use one spot in your yard to poop and only that one spot. Or maybe after years of living in a different home, you have moved into a new home and have decided you want all the dog poop in your yard to be in one place. Picking up poop in one small area and saving the rest of your yard for poop-free running and playing is a great goal to have. You might be retraining a dog you've been picking up after for years, or you may be training a rescue dog who is getting used to his new home anyway. Either way, If you have an older dog, you're going to have to train him to recognize the area where you would like him to poop every time he needs to go. Training older dogs is not difficult but will require some commitment from you both and lots of repetition and love.
Training your older dog to poop in one place will require you to first decide where you would like his special spot to be and introduce him to that spot and only that spot during potty time. This might also mean making your older dog hold it for a little while so when he has to go, he goes rather quickly instead of searching for the perfect spot across your yard. Consider the first several times taking your older dog to his spot on a leash to better control where he goes throughout your yard. As he gets used to the special spot, he can eventually go without the leash. You will need to do things like keep the area clean, especially if this is a smaller area than your dog may be used to, but consider keeping one pile around for a physical reminder and sense for your dog to remember where his special spot is.
To start training your older dog to poop in one spot, you will need a leash and an area reserved in your yard for your dog's poop. And lots of treats. Be prepared the first several times to walk with your dog to his special place, reminding him of the new rules and where to go. Every time you go out with your older dog to teach him or remind him of his special pooping spot, take some extra treats with you so you can reward him for remembering on his own or just for pooping in the right place once he's successful.
We just moved out of our house and our old dog will not poop at our new apartment. When we take her off the leash she runs back upstairs and refuses to poop. How can we train her. We are so desperate.
Hello Joseph, Until she develops a habit of pooping in the new location, you need to walk to the location where you want her to go, tell her to "Go Potty", and keep her on task by directing her back to sniffing the ground whenever she gets distracted. When she goes, then praise her enthusiastically and give her five treats, one at a time. You might also need to purchase a potty encouraging spray, that will encourage her to pee and poop when she sniffs it. They are usually called "Puppy Training Spray", "Hurry Spray", "Go Here", or something similar. Right before you want her to go, spray the spray on the area that you are going to take her to, bring her over to that area on leash, tell her to "Go Potty", and encourage her to sniff that area. Give her a few minutes to find a spot to go. Overtime, she should learn to go on her own if you spend enough time showing her where to go, rewarding her for going there, and telling her to "Go Potty", so that you can tell her to "Go Potty" when you let her off leash later on and she will understand what she is supposed to be doing. Expect to take her potty on leash for at least a month. Do not skip the rewards. She is likely nervous about the new location and the rewards will help her get over her fear. If you are struggling to get her to poop even while you are with her, then use the "Crate Training" method fro the article that I have linked below until she will poop outside. The easiest time to start this method is the beginning of the weekend or a couple of days where you will be at home, since your goal is to simply get her used to pooping outside and not to potty train her all over again. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My yard is visited by deer, rabbits, and fox, so there are a lot of smells in my yard. Can that deter him from pooping in one area in the yard. He knows to go to the spot to potty but he will pee there.
Hello Warner, Smells can distract him from going potty. It is likely not deterring him, but dogs tend to pee more easily than they poop because they want to mark their areas. Pooping requires more concentration. Drama probably needs for you to go with him to go potty and remind him to "Go Potty" whenever he starts to get distracted by the smells. He might need to be on a leash to keep him from following the smells also. When he goes, give him three or four small treats right after to encourage him to "Go Potty" again next time. This will help him to learn what "Go Potty" means and motivate him to stay on task better in the future. Another option is to take him to go potty in a less distracting location. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He is a new to us rescue dog. He doesn't want to poop unless we're out on a walk, never in the yard. He has pooped in the house if we take him out in the yard alot, but not for a walk away from home. We are new to training and need help to get him to poop on leash in the yard.
Hello Andy, If he will poop on a walk but not in the yard then probably one of two things are going on. The first is, when dogs walk around that tends to get their bowel movements going and it encourages them to poop. The second is, when dogs smell where other dogs have eliminated, the smell of another dog's poop or pee sends signals to your dog's brain to eliminate. You can mimic both of these things in your yard a couple of ways. The first is to purchase a spray designed to encourage elimination with smell. It is usually called "Hurry Spray", "Training Spray", "Puppy Training Spray" or something similar. Spray this on the area that you would like for your dog to eliminate on. Although a bit grosser, you can often get the same effect by placing another dog's poop in your yard, but not all dogs are free of parasites so be careful with that one, and only place one or two poops, anymore can actually discourage your dog due to the mess. When you take him into your yard he may also need for you to walk around in your yard a bit to get things going. Even though it is annoying, the movement should help, and it is important that the walking take place close to home because some dogs will learn to "hold it" until you take them on a walk just to get to go on a walk. The routine should be poop and pee and THEN you will get to go on a walk. So encourage your pup to eliminate in your yard before a walk too to discourage that mindset during times when you do not want to take him on a walk in order to get him to go. Also be aware that dogs typically need to poop about thirty minutes after eating, so that is a good time to try this and to keep a close eye on him while he is inside around that time. If he is consistently sneaking off to poop, then you will need to attach him to yourself with a six or eight foot leash while he is in the house to break that habit while he is learning. You will also need to crate him while you cannot watch him. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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