You come downstairs on a Saturday morning and step into the yard. You take two strides, hit the grass and then realize you’ve planted your foot in a pile of unpleasant dog stool. While not being the best start to the day, you could live with it if it wasn’t such a regular occurrence. I mean it’s downright funny when it happens to your partner, but for the sake of your more precious footwear, it has to stop.
If you could only train him to poop in one particular spot, like the concrete at the side of the yard then you’d avoid getting yourself into these sticky situations. It’s also quick and easy to scoop it off concrete as opposed to the grass. So today, the toilet routine changes!
How difficult it will be to train your dog to poop on concrete will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, how old is he? If he’s a puppy then breaking his current toilet habit could take just a week or two. If he’s older and been free to poop wherever for many years, then it may take several weeks to reinforce a new habit. The training itself though is relatively straightforward. It consists mainly of ensuring he’s always on the concrete when he needs to go, so significant time and patience are needed.
Get this training right and your yard will no longer be a risky assault course to make your way through. Clearing up your dog's mess will be a simple scoop off the concrete job. This training may also make it easier to train him to do a range of other things too, from ‘wait’ to ‘bed’.
The first thing you’re going to need is poo bags, and lots of them! You’ll also need treats or his favorite food to reward him for using his new toilet. For one of the methods, some portable grass or astroturf will be needed.
The other main thing you’ll need is time. This training isn’t a 5-minute job, you need to make sure you can dedicate 10 minutes, twice a day to your new training regime.
Once you’ve got all of that, you just need an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!