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    Default Finding the Right Place to Poo

    Hi all

    I am having a little issue with my GSD, he is 8 weeks old and very playful, we're happy with how he is turning out. But he has this horrible habit of pooing right where we don't want him to - right now it seems to be on our verandah out the back.

    I would like to train him to do it in one corner of the yard just so we dont have to dodge the mines all the time! Any ideas, or am I expecting a bit much from him too early? We have only had him 3 days but I really want to knock this on the head before he gets used to it.

    Thanks in advance

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    You undertake this just as you would toilet training inside. You need to supervise him outside and, if he looks like he wants to toilet, move him to the area you want him to toilet in.

    Every chance he has of toileting in the 'wrong spot' forms a habit for later on.

    I would make sure I always supervise the dog and, if I can't supervise, crate the dog.


    It may also help if you move some of his poo to the area you want him to toilet him, which may let him know that it's the 'right spot' to go.

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    You could try keeping him on lead, walking him out to where you want him to go, some dogs don't like getting their feet wet but are fine if you do it for them ie plonk them in the middle of a wet lawn...

    And have a word you say every time he goes to the toilet.

    Try not to move him on once he's picked a spot unless it's inside, and don't scold him if he goes in the wrong place - fall out from this the dog learns to hide from you when he needs to go to the toilet.

    Do praise like this is the best dog in the world - if he goes where you want him to, and a little bit of something yummy like roast chicken would help him remember too.

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    My 17 week old kelpie has a problem with toileting in one area too. When I first got him at 10 weeks, he had many many many accidents inside the house. He finally got the idea that outside = toilet area at about 13 weeks. But he had a little accident indoors just last week with no signs of needing to go. I've been trying to get him to toilet in one area too ever since he got the idea outside = good.

    I've tried:
    - taking him there on a leash - he just concentrates on biting the leash, he forgets he needs to poo!
    - taking him there when he looks like he needs to go - he wanders off elsewhere and runs away when I try to carry him to the spot.
    - taking him there midway through his business - he won't continue his business until the next time he needs to go hours later.
    - using Aristopet House-Breaker drops to attract him to the area - he doesn't seem to even notice it's there and continues to toilet everywhere outside.
    - thoroughly clean the areas he has toiletted in with vinegar and water except for where I want him to toilet - still uses the entire backyard as his toilet lol.

    Maybe some of these may work with your pup?

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    when I'm travelling with Frosty and I want her to go, it usually takes 20 minutes or two full laps of sniffing around a footy oval before she will do what she needs to do. I dunno how long you guys are waiting or if you're doing any walking while you wait but if I wanted to go in specific spot I'd walk the dog around and around that spot, letting it sniff and saying "good dog" every time it sniffed (cos that's what they do immediately before crapping), until it crapped. Even if it took an hour.

    Going out for five minutes and letting the dog go where it will - does not count as "it doesn't work".

    I have a bucket with a plastic bag in it where I put the dog poo I pick up, and Frosty sometimes goes near that. But mostly she goes around the edge of the lawn or down the back in the long grass where she thinks she won't be disturbed.

    Maybe you could try grass a little longer where you want your dog to go? And definitely clean up, it's not likely a dog will go where it is already completely crapped out. Then again, that's what my neighbour's dog does, but I think my dog is cleaner than that.

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