How to Train a Husky to Poop Outside

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3-6 Months
General

Introduction

While Husky pups can be stubborn and do not typically respond well to being yelled at, they are relatively easy to potty train using the same basic methods you would use to train most other breeds. Keep in mind that whether you are teaching your pup to poop outside or anything else, he will respond to positive reinforcement far better as long as you provide clear and concise training instructions for him to follow.

One of the most important things you can do when trying to train your Husky to poop outside is that once you choose a training method, you need to stick to it, no matter how long it takes. Trying to switch training methods will only confuse your fuzzball and make it even harder for him to figure out exactly what it is you want of him.

Defining Tasks

The task at hand it to teach your dog that it is in no way acceptable for him to poop in the house. At the same time, he must learn that it is okay for him to poop in a particular area of your yard. Keep in mind, going potty in the house would be something akin to doing the same thing in his den in the wild. This is something his mother would have taught him not to do because no dog likes a dirty den.

The training process is really not that difficult, it is mostly about spending the time working with your pooch until he finally understands what you want of him.

Getting Started

What many people do not realize is that you can start training your Husky to poop outside from the minute you pull up in the driveway with him for the first time. At this point, you should put him on a leash and take him over to the spot in the yard that will become his potty. Let him wander around and get used to the area. When he goes potty, be sure to make a fuss over him and give him a nice little soft puppy treat.

Your poop training supply list:

  • A puppy sized crate – For training and when you can't be watching your pup
  • A leash – To take him out in the yard on
  • Soft treats – Soft chewy puppy treats will come in handy as rewards, be sure to use them generously

The last two things on your supply list are time and patience--you will need plenty of both in order for your training to succeed. Also, you need some form of enzymatic cleaner to completely eliminate any odors from areas where your pup has accidents. 

The Using His Crate Method

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Create the perfect blend
Set your pup's crate up where you can keep an eye on it. Add a water bowl, a few toys, and a bed for him to lie down on. Then place your pup inside and close the door.
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Out on cue
Set a timer for 30 minutes. When it goes off, open the door, put your pup on the leash, and say, "Let's go outside" or "let's go potty" and take him straight out to the area where he can go poop.
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Will he, won't he?
You won't know until you give him some time. Give him a good 15 minutes to try, let him walk around. The more he walks around, the more likely he will poop. If he goes, give him lots of praise and a treat. If not that’s okay too, just take him back inside and put him back in his crate.
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Reset
Reset the timer for another 30 minutes. Keep a close eye on your pup. If he starts to whine and fuss, take him straight out regardless of what the clock has to say. When he poops, be sure to make a fuss over him and give him a treat.
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Build endurance
Slowly, in five or ten-minute increments, start increasing the time between poop breaks. This will help your pup develop his endurance. Remember to use your cue, "Let's go outside" or "Let's go potty". Choose one and stick to it so he doesn't get confused.
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Free at last
By now you should be able to start leaving the crate door open and letting your pup wander around in the same room with you. Keep a close eye on him and at the first sign he might be thinking about going potty, use your cue and take him out. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a nice treat. Stick to your timer schedule and in time he will learn not to go in the house.
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The I'm Watching You Method

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Stock up on treats
Keep a nice supply of your pup's favorite treats in your pocket or a bowl by the door where you can grab a few on the way out.
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Never a second alone
With your pup in the same room with you at all times, keep a very close eye on him every minute. If he shows any signs that he is thinking about pooping or peeing (squatting, circling, sniffing, scratching, going to the door) say "NO!" in a firm voice. You need to be loud enough to startle your pup, but do not make your voice sound like you are angry, this will just make things harder.
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3
We're off to see the…
Grab the leash, hook up your pooch, and take him outside using a verbal cue ("Let's go outside" or "Let's go potty"). When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a tasty treat.
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Give him a little extra time
Having startled your pooch, it might take him a few extra minutes to refocus on what he was doing. So, make sure you give him a little extra time before you take him back in the house.
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The road goes ever on
From here there is nothing to do but keep practicing and working with your pup until he learns to hold himself and no longer leaves you surprises in the oddest places in your home.
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The Mark Your Territory Method

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Stop by your favorite pet supply store
Stop by your favorite pet supply store and pick up a bottle of puppy potty training spray. These sprays contain pheromones designed to mark your grass with a scent that your pup will see as another dog. They then encourage him to mark the area as his by peeing and pooping in it.
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Every 30
Set a timer for 30 minutes and when it goes off, put your pup on his leash and take him out to the spot you marked previously.
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Let him wander
Let your pup wander around the marked area and give him time to go potty. When he does, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
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I don't need to go right now
If after 15 minutes your pup has not found the need to go, that's okay, just take him back inside. Reset the timer and keep a close eye on him. While the timer is ticking away, if he shows any signs he need to go potty, take him straight out to the marked area. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him treats.
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Keep on keepin' on
The rest is all on you. You need to keep practicing with your pup slowly adding more time as you go until your pup starts letting you know when he needs to go. Mission accomplished!
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Remi
Husky/ Malamute
6 Months
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Remi
Husky/ Malamute
6 Months

My dog will not poop outside anymore, she pees outside and is rewarded a treat afterwards. Remi will only poop when her humans are sleeping or at work

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
274 Dog owners recommended

Hello Karissa, What has changed recently since she stopped pooping outside? Generally if a dog used to poop outside and no longer will, there is a reason. Any of the following might be going on, preventing her from pooping outside: 1. She is not being given enough time to poop while outside after she pees (dogs tend to take longer to poop and need to be reminded to go again after peeing). 2. She is not being moved around enough to get things moving along. Walking stimulates a dog to poop. When you take her outside on the leash, slowly walk her around your yard, tell her to "Go Potty" and encourage her to sniff the ground. If she starts pulling toward a spot, sniffing a lot, or circling, that is a sign that she is about to go, give her slack in the leash to let her find a spot. 3. She is being free-fed, rather than fed at set times, and her pooping is no longer on a schedule (Most puppies will need to poop around thirty-minutes after eating, and will go potty if you give them enough time, remind them to go potty again after peeing, and walk them around to get things going. 4. She is being given too much freedom in the home. If this is the case, then I suggest crate training and following the "Crate Training" method found in this article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside 5. She is dehydrated or constipated and pooping is unpleasant for her...In which case she should see the vet and a gradual change in food and offering more water needs to happen. 6. She has been yelled at or harshly punished for pooping or peeing in front of you inside and now refuses to go potty in front of you and ends up holding it all day until you are not around...If this is the case, then no more yelling or harsh punishments for accidents, praise and reward a ton whenever she goes potty outside - including peeing, and when you take her outside, take her on a twenty- or thirty-foot leash and act like you are not looking when she goes potty. After she goes while on the long leash, toss lots of treats over to her. When she gets comfortable going in your presence again, then you can gradually shorten the leash until she will go on a normal six-foot leash for you again. 7. Something scared her while she was outside and she is now afraid of being in your yard. If this is the case, then you will need to spend a lot of time in the yard with her just hanging out, playing games, practicing training, giving her food-stuffed toys to chew on, and generally making the yard relaxing and pleasant for her again to help her get over her fear of being out there...Pooping puts a dog in a vulnerable position so dogs do not like to poop if they don't feel safe. Addressing the underlying cause and following the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked above should help. If you don't see any improvement, then look for additional clues for what has changed since she stopped pooping. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Zoro
Siberian Husky
1 Year
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Zoro
Siberian Husky
1 Year

Hello. So my family just got a 3rd dog. Zoro, a husky puppy. Unfortunately, Zoro has had a rough past year and no one who has had him has really had time to train him. My main question for training Zoro is how can I get him to go to the bathroom outside in a specific area? He will only poop right next to the front door and has been peeing there too. Even when we take him outside to the area he is supposed to use the bathroom in he just stands there until we go inside and then pees and poops next to the front door. Please give me a few ideas on how to train him to go to the bathroom outside.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
274 Dog owners recommended

Hello Erin, It sounds like Zoro would benefit from crate training. Crate Training would help him hold his bladder while inside so that the only opportunity to use the bathroom is outside where you take him. Also, purchase a potty encouraging spray like "Go Here", "Potty Training Sprah", or "Hurry Up!" and spray that on the area that you want him to pee or poop on. The smell will help him go there. Also, when you take him potty tell him to "Go Potty" and give him five treats (or pieces of his own food), one piece at a time. This will help him go potty faster in the future. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Since he is older than a puppy, you can take him potty every three to four hours when you are home, and take him back outside every hour after the first three hours if he doesn't go then (he should be taken back inside if he doesn't go potty and put in the crate so he won't have an accident). After he goes potty outside, he can be out of the crate for two hours. After the two hours are up, put him back into the crate until time for his next potty trip.This schedule prevents him from being free when his bladder is full to reduce accidents and help him go potty outside instead. When you aren't home, he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for six hours. Once he is potty trained and used to holding his bladder he can hold it for eight when absolutely necessary. More frequent potty trips when you are home will help him learn faster though. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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