The difference?Have a plan and execute that plan.We all know that having a schedule and supervising and using a crate are necessary steps. But what about getting your dog to go on command? What about a dog who has a habit of only going to the bathroom under specific conditions i.e. on the snow (winter puppy owners - you know what I mean!), or only going when off leash or in a specific spot.
You aren’t actually teaching your dog to go to the bathroom. They are born with the ability to do this.You are teaching them to associate going on command.So - use the words you’d like them to associate i.e. “hurry up” “do your business” etc … when you see them starting to go. Do this over and over for as long as it takes - until you can successfully get your dog to go on command just like Cow does in the video below. (I use Hurry Up with my dog Cow and you’ll notive in the video when I tell her to Hurry Up - she goes right away)
Many dogs have bathroom habits - some like to go in the busjhes - some have a favorite place - or need a complete preamble of circling and sniffing relesntlessly. Sometimes we want them to just hurry up and go where we are right now so we can move on with our day.If you have a spot you would like your dog to go to the bathroom - bring your dog to that spot repeadtedly - maybe you will get lucky nad that is all it will take.In most cases it is exactly that simple.What you can do is bring your dog to the spot and give your dog a minute or two and keep them moving in the general area. If they dont go to the bathroom - bring them back inside. Either supervise or crate your dog for a little while - 15-30 minutes if you feel your dog actually had a need to go before - dont push too hard - we dont want to stress the dog - just give them a little bit of a stronger urge to go to the bathroom. Of course this is only for dogs who do not have housebreaking issues - since we dont want to invite accidents. If your dog is not fully housebroken - do not attempt this.
Bring your dog back out to the same spot. Remember to keep your dog moving around.Repeat as needed until your dog is going to the bathroom where you’d like.It really is that simple.The video below is quite frankly gross - but it makes a point. My dog Clara Hughes a.k.a. Cow is a country dog. She lives on several acres and runs off leash at home. She rings her bells to go outside and has complete freedom.The video was shot in NYC and I taught her to go to the bathroom @ the curb in one afternoon - and was done becasue the nearest greenspot (see picture above) was a couple of blocks away. Cow’s pfront paws turn inwatrds and walking for extended periods on pavement cause her to have torn paw pads. It also isnt very convenient to have to walk for 10 minutes before the dog can relieve itself first thing in the morning.So I used the above approach and taught her to go on the street near our hotel.This isnt just a case of teaching a dog to go somewhere it isnt used to - i.e. replacing grass with street - but also changing a multitude of other conditions: • Grass Vs Street • Leash Vs No Leash • Quiet countryside Vs Urban Jungle
Like any other aspect of dog training - patience and persistence are key. The end result is a dog that can go to the bathroom anytime and anywhere - which is great and makes travelling as well as daily living for both owner and dog much more convenient.