Teach your dog to go to the bathroom anywhere and at anytime

Bulldog playing
Clara’s stomping grounds

Housetraining your puppy or older dog can be an exhausting excercise in frustration or it can be reltively simple and worry free.

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.

Teach your dog to go to the bathroom on command

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)

Teach your dog to go to the bathroom anywhere On Command

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.

Potty train your dog
A 10 minute walk to get to this spot just wasn’t cutting it

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.

Beach Fun

A Cow on the beaches of Maine


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Important points to consider when tavelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog can be fun

Road trips, hiking, exploring new places together, walks on the beach.
if you follow some basic tips and guidelines found here - you can eliminate much of the stress that can go along with taking your dog on vacation with you. We try as often as possible to include our dogs in our travels and having well trained dogs along with some planning goes along way.

Of course you know to bring along a leash and food & bowls & toys and bags to pick up after your dog - here are some other important things to consider:

Make sure vaccines are current and that you have the certificate with you.

Even if you aren’t crossing any borders and don’t need to show proof of vaccines - some hotels require ti @ check in. Further they may come in handy if you have to make an emergency trip to a vet while you are away.

Keep up your Crate Training!

Even if you no longer use or need a crate with your dog - a crate can be a home away from home and is worth travelling with. Your dog will be exposed to a lot of new smells/sounds in unfamiliar surroundings and a crate can have a very calming effect on your dog while you are out. And if you want housekeeping services - most hotels insist on your dog being crated.

What is the hotel’s Policy on dogs left unattended?

Some do not allow for dogs left in rooms unattended - best to know this before booking.

Leave your cellular number front desk when you are out.

In case of barking or worse. Some hotels are adding clauses to their contracts that will charge the owner of a pet creating a nuisance for any lost revenue that is a result of their pet’s behaviour. At a minim you’ll want to know if your dog is feeling stressed anyhow.

Find a local Veterinarian(s)

Google or ask the front desk if you are unfamiliar with the area - always good to have the info before you actually need it.

Help your dog establish a bathroom area and routine.

This is all the “greenspace” we had available on a recent trip to NYC - Cow adapted from country living to the big city and it’s limitations within the first day.

For the time being - this is home - help them understand that this is where you go - and bring your pet there often @ first - even if you deem it a little unnecessary - better safe than sorry.

Extra exercise to help alleviate the stress of change.

Some extra walking/running and obedience training is great as well since it takes a lot out of a dog to have to focus for extended periods of time.
Hyper used to love to run on the beach - fetching toys from the water and even getting on a surf board…

Drive safe

A seatbelt harness or a crate are safe ways to travel if driving to your destination. No one plans to have an accident but they happen and your dog can become a projectile missile if not crated or belted.

Bottled water

Dogs can have sensitive stomachs and changes in water can result in upset stomach - sometimes bottled water is best to help avoiding and potential problems.