Your Husky is gorgeous with soft fluffy hair and multi-colored or beautiful bright blue eyes. He is easy to love--except maybe when he's pooping where he should not. Your Husky is difficult to train at times, but he is highly intelligent. He will connect, with good training, exactly where he needs to be pooping. When you train your Husky where to poop, he should know where to go, be able to communicate that to you, and eventually either go on his own or at least go to the door to let you know he needs to go outside. No one wants an incredibly beautiful dog who is equally as frustrating because he hasn't been trained properly where to go potty. Begin training your Husky now and rid yourself of this frustration.
Positive reward training is the best way to teach your dog exactly where he should be going. The trick to training any puppy or dog who has not been properly housebroken yet is consistency and positive behavior training. You should have an understanding of the approximate times of day your Husky needs to poop. Dogs typically need to go after their meals and upon waking. If your husky is a puppy, you should consider taking him outside to an appropriate potty place every few hours according to his age. He should be able to hold on to his needs for about an hour for every month of his age. To be successful at this frustrating housebreaking process, whether for a puppy or an older Husky, you need to ensure you are around during the times your dog will need to go outside. Pay attention to what gives your dog the urge to go whether it's meals, waking time, or after playtime. Setting your dog up for success and rewarding him for a great job will be the best way for him to connect his needs with your wants.
In order to properly house train and teach your Husky exactly where he should poop, you need to have lots of rewards readily available during the times you take your dog outside. Be sure someone is around during these times to get your Husky to an appropriate place to poop when it's time to go. And pay attention to his age, his needs, and his schedule.
We got Marshall when he was 8 weeks old. Marshall is a very smart but stubborn boy. He is trained to pee outside. He knows sit, down, speak, leave it, etc. The only issue we seem to continually have with him is that he still poops in the house a couple times a week. We have tried rewarding him when he poops outside. We have also tried yelling at him and shoving his nose in it when he poops inside. We have a bell on the door. We have set timers to take him out every 20 minutes. We have tried to crate train. We even bought the talking buttons to see if he would communicate when he needs to go outside. Any suggestions to get him to stop pooping inside the house would be amazing!!!
Hello Nikki, I suggest a combination of a couple of things. First, go with pup when pup goes outside. You need to watch pup to see if he is pooping while out there or just getting distracted. If getting distracted, take pup potty on leash for a while. Walk pup around slowly on leash, telling pup to "Go Potty" and give a treat after pup pees (hide them in your pocket beforehand). After pup pees, if he hasn't pooped yet that morning or that evening, walk pup around again for another 15 minutes, telling pup to "Go Potty", then reward with a five small treats or pieces of kibble after pup poops. Repeat this process whenever pup hasn't pooped yet during that part of the time. Many adult dogs will poop 2-3 times in 24 hours. If pup is going a lot more often than 3 times or its watery or loose, then I would see your vet. A digestive issue that's making it hard for pup to hold their bowels with be part of your issue. I am not a vet. In addition to improving pup's focus on pooping while outside (which needs to be done for a minimum of three months consistently to create a new good habit), then when pup goes back inside and hasn't pooped while outside recently, pup either needs to be tethered to you with a hands free leash (what I recommend), or you can try putting a doggie diaper on pup. Some dogs don't like soiling a doggie diaper at first, so it can be used to deter pooping if pup realizes that you take the diaper off while outside, encouraging them to ask to go outside. You will need to make sure you take the diaper off every time pup goes outside or pup will just get used to going potty in the diaper instead). Some dogs don't care about pooping in the diaper so it's not effective for training, but it can be worth trying. If pup has a digestive issue where they can't control their bowels, then even the diaper won't work, pup will just poop in the diaper. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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