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Are you getting tired of getting up in the morning to the smell of fresh puppy poop? Or maybe, you have had enough of stepping in a nice cold pile of poop in the middle of the night. No matter how you look at it, there is no reason for your pup to be leaving you with these little "love packages." However, it's up to you to take the time to teach him that this kind of behavior is not acceptable in much the same manner as his den mother would in the wild.
Your job as a responsible pet owner is to take the place of your Rottie's den mother in teaching him that pooping in the house is not allowed. His mom wouldn't allow it, so why should you? The idea behind teaching your pup to poop outside is not only to teach him this is the only place he is allowed to poop, but he needs to learn to let you know he needs to go. The whole process will take several weeks to accomplish, but stick with the training and remember to use plenty of treats and praise to let your little fuzzball know when he is doing a good job.
Of all the things you could possibly need when training your Rottie that the only place to go poop is outside, the most important of these are patience and plenty of time to work with him. Beyond this, you need a few supplies, including:
- Crate – For training and when you can't be there
- Leash – To take him outside on
- Treats – For rewards
The rest is all in your hands. The more consistent you are in working with your dog, the faster he will master this important life skill.
The Your Spot Method
Pick your spot
Go out in your yard and choose a spot that will become your pup's outdoor potty. If you need to, go ahead and mark the corners. This is important as using the same spot builds consistency and familiarity.
Half an hour later…
Set your timer for 30 minutes and when it goes off, put the dog on his leash, say "Let's go outside" as you take him out to the marked spot. If he poops, go ahead and give him a treat and lots of praise.
But, I don't have to go...
Your pup is not going to go poop every time, so if he doesn't that's quite alright. Go ahead and take him back in the house.
Reset the timer
Reset the timer for another half hour. During this time, keep an eye on him and if he indicates he needs to poop, take him outside. When he poops, give him a treat.
The trains run on time
The rest is all about consistency and making sure you take your pup out to go potty frequently until he gets to the point at which he starts to let you know he needs to go outside.
The Who's Been Here? Method
On the road again
Start out by going to your local pet store and picking up a bottle of puppy potty training spray.
Use the spray
Use this wonderful spray to mark the area of your yard where you want your Rottie to poop.
Hit the road, Jack
Put your pup on his leash and take him out to the area you have marked. Much like his urine, his poop also contains his scent so that he marks his territory each time he goes. On the way out the door, give him the cue, "Let's go outside" and take him to the marked spot.
This land is your land
The scent of this spray is designed to replicate the pheromones of another dog and cause your dog to want to mark the spot as his. If he goes poop, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
Head on down the road
The road to success, that is. Keep working with Bruce until he no longer leaves your home littered with landmines and instead lets you know when he needs to go.
The 12s and 6s Method
Set up your supplies
For this method, you need treats, a leash, a crate and, of course, your furry friend.
Weeks one through two
During this time your timer needs to be set to thirty-minute intervals, when it goes off, take your pup outside. When he poops or pees, be sure to give him a treat and plenty of praise.
Continue building endurance
Over the course of the next few weeks, slowly build his endurance by adding more time in small increments until he can hold himself for an hour. Be sure to praise him and treat him for his successes.
By week five
By the time you reach week five, your pup should be able to hold himself for the maximum of two hours. His bladder will not hold for longer than this until he is an adult.
Keep on truckin' on
The rest is all about truckin' on down the road. Or in plain English, keep working with your little Rottie until he no longer feels the need to poop in the house.
By PB Getz
Published: 04/02/2018, edited: 01/08/2021