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    Question Dog Peeing in 'Wrong' Place

    My new Schnauzer is a lovely dog and very willing to please However, he insists on peeing right at the edge of our verandah - not on the verandah, but where we step down to the grass. He's eleven months old and squats to pee, so he mustn't have spent much time with adult male dogs The issue is that it's beginning to get very smelly Normally we'd get regular rain and it may not be a problem, but it's extremely dry atm and the ground isn't being freshened.

    I've tried to encourage him to pee further away (we have two acres of garden for him to pee in) by praising when he does pee in other areas, but when he's outside alone he picks the closest and easiest option.

    Any ideas of some way to discourage the close pee?

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    Well – technically the pup is peeing in the right place – that is not on the verandah – but just not where you want him to.
    You have to admire his ingenuity peeing off the verandah and not getting anything on it ! A very talented male pup you have there - I wish some 2 legged males had as good an aim !

    Close off/fence off/change the area he uses to encourage him to move further out on the grass. I use a toilet word for my pups and when I am at home, I take them out on the grass and use the word all the time.

    Just keep on practicing it with him - he will eventually get it.

    As far as squatting is concerned – my 7 year old still squats in the house yard – so I wouldn't be too worried about that. Riley has been taught not to pee on the side of the house or on the fence.

    Out in the larger yard he will lift his leg sometimes against trees and bushes. If he has an audience – then it happens all the time !

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    Thanks Riley

    Yes, I too use a toilet word for my dogs also. The toy poodles pee on command and this fellow does too. It's only when I don't actually supervise him he pees where I don't want I can't fence it off as it's right where we step down from the verandah. Maybe it should use bird spikes, they work to keep the swallows from nesting in our eaves

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    put him on lead, lead him to where you want him to go - and praise (and repeat your magic word) when he goes, and treat too if you want him to get the idea faster. Given he's the "new" dog - aim to do this routine for about a month and then try without a lead. Tho you might still need to lead him out there if the grass is wet. My dog still hates that.

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    Well with my dog, i just before he goes, I take him to the correct place - eg the backyard and wait until he does his business. After that I give him a treat for doing a "awesome" job

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    A bit of an update ...

    Kept praising for wee in the 'better' spot, and took Shannon Lush's advice and applied water laced with lavender oil in the places I preferred him not to wee. Shortly after applying the lavender water he sniffed at the ground where he'd normally go and moved away to wee somewhere else Obviously I praised the effort and he seems to be keeping away from the area. I'll keep applying the solution until I'm sure he has the message.
    Last edited by ranga; 07-25-2014 at 06:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    put him on lead, lead him to where you want him to go - and praise (and repeat your magic word) when he goes, and treat too if you want him to get the idea faster. Given he's the "new" dog - aim to do this routine for about a month and then try without a lead. Tho you might still need to lead him out there if the grass is wet. My dog still hates that.
    This is me....you need to earn off lead, so start back on lead. At least my dogs love wet grass LOL
    Pets are forever

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