In this article, we will be taking a look at how to get your dog to poop outside. Many people overestimate the difficulty of training their dog to poop outside but with the proper strategy, this can be done quickly and easily.
One quick thing we would like to point out is the older your dog is, the higher the chance it has developed its own habits. Thes habits may make the training process a little longer but shouldn’t have any major overall effect. Always train at your dog’s pace and offer plenty of positive rewards for training breakthroughs.
How To Get Your Dog To Poop Outside
The concept of training a dog to poop outside the house is almost identical to teaching your dog to pee outside. Patience and consistency will have your dog trained in no time.
Choosing A Location – How To Train Your Dog To Poop In A Designated Area
Choosing a dog poop area in your yard or garden is actually an important part of the process. You want to choose a less trafficked area of the garden to avoid people walking in your dog’s poop. At the same time, some dogs like a little privacy while they poop while others prefer to be able to see their owner or other members of “the pack”.
Keep in mind you will also be clearing up your dog’s poop from the spot so you will require easy access to it. If you live in an area where it often rains keep that in mind. If you have to walk over mud to clear your dog’s spot then both you and your dog will be leaving muddy footprints when you return to the indoors.
Getting Your Dog Outside When Needed
If you are wanting to train your dog to poop outside then you are going to have to have a way for your dog to quickly get outside when required.
Although a relatively new product to the market, dog doorbells have proven very effective. During your training process, before taking your dog outside to poop, you take its paw and knock the dog doorbells hanging on your door.
This helps to train your dog to associate it ringing the bells with being let outside to poop or pee. Over time your dog will begin to do this on its own without assistance.
Some dog owners choose to fit a high-quality dog door that is similar to a cat flap. If you choose to take this route then this article we published on how to get your dog to use a doggie door may help you.
Choose Your Training Time
Unlike other training goals such as teaching your dog to come inside when called, teaching your dog to poop outside can only be done when your dog needs to poop. Unfortunately, predicting when your dog will need to go is pretty difficult. Different dog breeds digest their different diets at different rates.
The highest chance you have at predicting when your dog will need to go is the first thing in the morning when it wakes up. After it has been indoors all night sleeping, most dogs will need to poop.
Use this to your advantage, as soon as you wake up, chances are your dog is already up from hearing you moving. Take your dog outside and take it to its pooping spot.
Spray For Assistance
There are a number of different sprays on the market designed to encourage your dog to poop in their location. Simply spray it where you want your dog to poop and leave your dog to sniff around. Try not to focus your attention on your dog while it is sniffing around the location of the spray. Your dog can sometimes misinterpret this as play time and look for you to throw a ball for it to play with.
If your dog has an accident and poops somewhere other then its poop spot try moving it to your desired location. Existing poop in that location can also help assist with the training process and get your dad to understand your goals.
Once your dog has gone poop in your chosen location be sure to give it one of its favorite dog treats as well as plenty of physical and verbal positive encouragement. This helps to speed the training process up and build your dog’s own habit of pooping in that location.
Advancing The Training
Some mild scolding can be used if your dog keeps pooping in undesired locations. There’s no need to go over the top, a simple yet firm “NO!” and a pointed finger can be enough. That said, some dog owners choose to use a dog training collar.
There’s no need to set it to the static shock setting. The vibrate or audible alarm is more than enough to assist you in the training process. The remote will allow you to activate the collar from anywhere in your house if you see your dog pooping in an undesired location.
The Best Dog Poop Training Spray
My Dog Still Poops In The House After Being Outside
If your dog goes outside then comes in and poops it is probably due to bad habits it has picked up over time. It may even seem as if your dog is pooping in your house on purpose but this is not the case. Try the scolding tips shared above and if needed a dog training collar.
What To Do When Your Dog Won’t Poop
There are a few reasons that your dog may not poop during this process. These can include fear or anxiety about pooping in a new place. Dogs also have an instinct to look to their pack for protecting when they are taking a poop. This is why many dogs will lock eyes with their owners and stare at them when they are out taking a poop during walk time. One of the most common reasons your dog may not be pooping is constipation.
How To Make A Dog Poop When Constipated
Without a doubt, the best way to help your dog poop when constipated is to use a high-quality laxative for animals. Always follow the instructions with the product as advised dosage can change brand to brand. Never feed an animal-human laxatives, they tend to be a higher strength with a more concentrated dosage and can often cause your pet problems.