It’s late in the evening, it’s freezing cold, and it’s raining outside. You love your dog, but the last thing you want to do is walk out that door into the horrendous weather so he can go to the toilet. It makes getting up early throughout those winter months a truly chilling experience. Something needs to give, there has to be another way around this problem. Thankfully, there is. A porch potty will allow you to quickly let him out in the morning and the evening to go about his business. Cutting out the cold and cutting the time it takes for the toilet chore in half.
Training him to use a porch potty will make you question how you ever survived without one. The training will also be good for him. He won’t need to hold on for ages whilst you muster up the strength to brave the elements.
Fortunately, training your dog to use a porch potty is pretty straightforward. You’ve done the hardest part, which is training him not to go to the toilet inside. Now you just need to build on that training to motivate him to go somewhere specific instead. You’ll need to incentivize him to go on the porch potty using a variety of means. You’ll also need to look at his routine and put him at ease around his new toilet.
If he’s a puppy without toilet habits that are too ingrained, you may need just a week or so to get him using the porch potty regularly. If he’s older and stubborn about where and when he goes about his business then you may need up to three weeks to fully integrate it into his routine. Succeed with this training though and you’ll have a quick and easy way to let him go to the toilet if you’re in a rush, or you’ve got guests over.
Before you get to work changing up his routine you’ll need a few things. A porch potty will obviously be the first essential component. You’ll also need a decent stockpile of his favorite food or treats to motivate him.
The other main thing you need is time. You need to be around to take him to his porch potty every morning and evening until he’s comfortable with it. So patience and a proactive attitude will also be required.
Once you’ve got the above, it’s time to get to work!
I’ve been trying to train my adult dog to use the porch potty. I’ve tried everything.. sprays to attract him to pee.. his own pee put on the potty.. nothing seems to work. I stand for hours waiting and in the end he lays down on it.. any advice would be really appreciated
Hello Scott, Check out the article I have linked below. If it's a safe, temperature appropriate location to do so, use the Exercise Pen method from the article below. If it's not an option to use that method to teach it, use the Crate Training method from the article linked below instead (or you can simply use that method if you prefer too anyway). https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy The first two days of this will probably be the hardest and take several hours before you get the first pee - until you are persistent enough and limit pup's other potty options enough, that they finally go potty where you need them to - when that happens, have a party! (without scaring pup) - praise and give several treats, one at a time. The more times pup goes potty in the correct spot simply due to lack of options - but is then heavily rewarded for it, the sooner pup will begin to realize that it's okay to go potty there and won't wait until they have to go so badly. If you can increase the size of the grass potty surface at least temporarily, that can also help pup go there. Many dogs don't like doing potty in an area that feels too small. Check out www.freshpatch.com or www.doggielawn.com for some grass pads you could lay beside your more permanent potty area to expand the size of the area temporarily - until pup gets used to going in that location. The article I linked above mentions litter box training, but the steps are the same for teaching grass pads like porch potty also. If you are using a different type of porch potty and not a grass pad like the brand www.porchpotty.com, then you may also want to switch to using a disposable real grass pad - which more closely resembles outside surfaces, opposed to AstroTurf, pee pads, or plastic trays. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi I just got my dogs porch potty 3 weeks ago we are in an apartment now but she’s so trained on going outside, even though the porch potty is on our porch she still won’t use it. We tried attractant, her own pee, the chicken broth in water, crate training, making her wait, limiting her potty options, but still nothing! We are desperate and running out of options please someone give us some tips!
Hello Kylee, I suggest using the Exercise method from the article linked below. This will likely take all day before she goes potty on it and you can reward. Expect pup to hold out for at least 8 hours before going on it for the first few times. Reward each time she does finally go - then give a few hours of freedom as an additional reward. Make sure she has water in the pen, and bring the pen inside while first teaching this and she is staying out there for a long time, until she begins to go quickly on it, if the weather isn't good enough for her to stay outside for longer on the porch in the pen. Be sure not to let her overheat. Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Substitute the litter box in the method for the grass pad you currently have. If pup pees next to the grass pad instead of on it, you will need to cover the area around the porch potty with additional grass sod, then slowly phase those extra ones out as she learns to go on the grass, until you just have the one grass pad again. You can also try removing the grass top layer from the porchpotty box and placing just that on the ground - to remove the height intimidating, then when pup will go on the grass top layer, move the grass back onto the box. Place a very shallow plastic tray - like a crate pan or storage bin lid, under the low grass pad that's been removed from the porch potty to avoid urine leaks if needed. Additional grass pads to cover the ground if needed. Porchpotty also has just replacement grass tops that can likely be used too. www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I built a porch potty for my pup and while he has used it a few times, he prefers to lay on the grass and sleep. I’ve been trying to encourage him not to sleep on it because I know dogs don’t like to go to the bathroom where they sleep. How can I get him to realize it’s a potty and not a bed?
Adorable pup! Although this guide is geared toward older dogs, it has excellent tips for training to use grass. https://wagwalking.com/training/use-indoor-grass-1 Once you get Bandit accustomed to using the grass, he'll no longer find it a good place to sleep. Try buying the spray from the pet supply store that has a scent that encourages dogs to pee and spray that on the grass. Take Bandit to the area every hour or so and tell him "go potty" and as well, make sure to take him there after meals, anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes after, as dogs usually need to eliminate then. Does he have a nice bed for sleeping during the day? Make it comfy and hide treats there occasionally to encourage him to look for the spot on his own. Have fun!
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