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    Default Area for Toileting in Yard

    I have read that dogs tend to avoid their stools, is it possible then to train them to toilet in an area of the yard?

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    Yes.

    Same way as you train them to do anything pretty much.

    Many dogs will toilet in the same general area if nobody is picking up after them. Not that I recommend leaving dog poo where it lands, but those dogs do what they can to keep the rest of the yard clean. Some dogs never do this and will go almost anywhere.

    I guess if I was trying to train my dog to go in a particular spot - I would make sure I supervised my dog first thing in the morning outside, and kept her in the area I wanted her to go until she goes - then magic word and heaps of praise and maybe a treat.

    As far as pee goes - if your dog marks over other pee - you could save some of your own and put that where you want your dog to go.

    Try not to yell at a dog that goes in the wrong place - what usually happens is they then try to make sure you can't see them when they do go. Ie those are the ones that go behind their owners' backs - which suits the owners cos what they don't see they don't have to pick up. I hate that.

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    Some dogs like going in slightly longer grass so you can try leaving one section next time you mow.

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    Default Hyacinth

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Yes.

    Same way as you train them to do anything pretty much.

    Many dogs will toilet in the same general area if nobody is picking up after them. Not that I recommend leaving dog poo where it lands, but those dogs do what they can to keep the rest of the yard clean. Some dogs never do this and will go almost anywhere.

    I guess if I was trying to train my dog to go in a particular spot - I would make sure I supervised my dog first thing in the morning outside, and kept her in the area I wanted her to go until she goes - then magic word and heaps of praise and maybe a treat.

    As far as pee goes - if your dog marks over other pee - you could save some of your own and put that where you want your dog to go.

    Try not to yell at a dog that goes in the wrong place - what usually happens is they then try to make sure you can't see them when they do go. Ie those are the ones that go behind their owners' backs - which suits the owners cos what they don't see they don't have to pick up. I hate that.
    I don't mind where they pee in the yard, though am keen to keep the poo in a particular area of the yard. It's ok about the yelling, that is not me.

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    Default Nattylou

    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Some dogs like going in slightly longer grass so you can try leaving one section next time you mow.
    Thanks for your input Nattylou~ there is no grass, at all, my dogs saw to that ~:-) I have been mulching the back yard so that there is not so much sandy dirt. Next step encourage some companion friendly ground covers that will deter ticks and fleas.

    I have some lemon grass which is very long, I will transplant a couple to the back and they like to eat it too.

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