How to Teach Your Dog to Go in One Place

dog lifting leg to urinate on grass

When dogs urinate themselves wherever they choose, they can create a mess of your yard. Brown stains on grass from dog pee make your yard look less appealing. There's also the possibility that the scoop will miss some excrement, causing you to tread on it later. Furthermore, it's not very hygienic or enjoyable to spend time in the yard if your dog eliminates everywhere, which is a major issue for parents. Fortunately, your dog may be trained to relieve itself in a designated toilet place.

Choose a Spot

Choose a dog pee site away from your yard's high-traffic areas. The location you choose should be suitable for your dog's size. A toy or may be alright in a tiny place, but bigger breeds may require more space. Your dog will not want to keep urinating and pooping in a small, stinky, and filthy area.

A dog will occasionally pick its own location. Make this the potty area if your dog frequently returns to the same spot to relieve itself. Just make sure the location you choose is practical for you and your intended yard use.

Keep the Area Clean

It's critical to keep your dog's bathroom clean. During training, you can leave one pile in the location to show your dog that it's the appropriate site, but don't leave any more than that. If the place becomes too filthy, your dog may seek out another location to waste itself.

Train to Go on Command

Training a dog to go on command is one of the simplest methods to teach it to go just in one place. Bring your dog to the location you want it to use on a leash and say the cue word. Keep the dog there until it leaves, then give it a treat. Reward the dog just when it gets to that specific location.

Confine to One Spot

Just as you wouldn't let an untrained dog have free reign of the home, you shouldn't let an untrained dog have free reign of your yard. Keeping your dog on a leash is the greatest method to prevent it from wandering outside of the designated area. Stand where you've decided and wait for the dog to go. Allow it to explore the rest of the yard only after that.

You can also use temporary fencing to block off the area. Place your dog within the enclosed area and give the potty cue. Let your dog out of the enclosure once it has done its business.

Reward Good Behavior

Give your dog a treat if it relieves itself in the proper location. Praise the dog as soon as it leaves and let it off the leash to play in the yard. If your dog refuses to go outside, bring it inside and try again later. If your dog hasn't gone potty yet, don't let him out in the yard.

Read Body Language

During the times you allow your dog playtime, make sure to supervise it. Keep an eye on the dog's body language.

Most dogs offer a signal when they're going to go potty. They swirl, pace, and smell. If you see your dog doing any of these things outside of the approved toilet place, stop it and take it to the appropriate location.

If your dog eliminates before you can stop it, then stop playtime and bring the pup indoors. If the dog holds it and does its business in the proper area, remember to reward it.

Problems and Proofing Behavior

If your dog escapes from the designated area, make sure to clean it up right away. Using a hose, scoop excrement or rinse pee.

Scolding or striking the dog is not a good idea. Instead, ignore the behavior and take it inside right away. Your dog will rapidly learn that going to the appropriate area to relieve itself means it gets to play, but going anywhere else means fun is over.

You may test this training whenever you are not with your dog at home. When visiting someone's house, for example, inquire about where they like your dog to go. Bring your dog there, give him the potty command, and wait. In a public park, you may accomplish the same thing by finding a quiet corner. Of course, regardless of where you are, you must clean up after your dog.