Post # 1
My dog grew up running around freely in the mountains. We lived out west. A couple of years ago we moved to a city in the midwest and now live in an apartment.
The problem is, the dog is a perfectionist- it will only go to the bathroom when it is off leash, and it backs itself neatly into a bush and gets nothing on itself, and makes sure the waste is out of site and so on. Well, this doesn’t translate to an apartment. We chose a place with an onsite dog park so that she could run free and do her business. No problems. However, we are moving to a better location (for us) that unfortunately will require us to walk the dog when she needs to go.
So I am trying to get her to learn to go on leash. She won’t do it. If the wind is blowing, or a car drives by, she will stop going midstream. If a branch or a leaf makes a sound she will stop for goodness sake.
I decided to walk her for as long as necessary, and that eventually she WILL go- but last night she wouldn’t do it and finally she went n.1, but as soon as we got into the apartment she “asked” to go out to go n.2. (I can tell that is what she wanted- she went to the door immediately.)
We had JUST been out for a walk. I have never known a dog to be so… anal? How can I get her to go when she needs to and when she has the chance?
I know this is a unique situation, she is not like any other dog I have ever known, but I was hoping someone might have… any… advice?
We are most certainly looking to get a place with a yard (most obvious solution).
Thank you kindly!
Post # 3
We had the opposite situation. We got both our dogs as puppies (with 2 years in between) and they were both raised to do their business on a leash. When we bought a house and fenced in the yard, we were so excited about being able to just let them run free–but at first, they only wanted to go (especially no. 2) while on a leash! Our solution was just a lot of practice, giving them treats for going when not on a leash, and more practice. Eventually they catch on that this is when they’re supposed to go.
Post # 4
I’m not sure how much room you have but can you try a retractable leash? We have one that is 30 feet, maybe she would feel like she had more privacy that way? And my sister’s dog is the same way . . . she wouldn’t go on the leash while they were on a trip until she couldn’t wait anymore and started to poop while they were crossing a busy street in the middle of DC. Good thing they’re cute!
Post # 5
@Pomapoo: Thanks. You are right. That is a great idea, I will start carrying little treats and reward her. Man, does this take some patience!! Especially at night-time!
Post # 6
@Natalieh86: LOL! That is so funny! That is exactly how this dog is- she would rather poop herself than go with me watching her! That leash might be something to try 🙂
Post # 7
@Natalieh86:OMG this happened to me once too! my puppy decided to poop in the middle of a busy DC intersection. it was so embarrasing!
to get your dog to go while on a leash, you need lots of treats. be consistent and give a treat everytime he does it correctly. it should help.
Post # 8
Do you have a balcony or patio? They have things that simulate grass that you can put out there. It has a tray underneath that it empties into when they go to the bathroom. Then you can buy a couple potted bushes or something like that to put out there so your dog can make sure it’s out of sight.
Post # 9
I’m interested to hear everyone’s suggestions because we also have a dog who WILL NOT potty on a leash! We got him when he was 8 months old, and we think his previous owners probably abused him while “potty training” him because he’s three now, and he still won’t go on a leash! We’ve tried treats, making him wait until he absolutely has to go, leashing him in the backyard, everything but he refuses! It’s fine for us, because we have a backyard, but it can be kinda annoying if we want to go out for a long walk or go somewhere they have to be on leashes.
Post # 10
Also, try not to watch her when she’s sniffing. Go to the same area everytime and use a key word/phrase (“go potty” or something like that). It also helps to have 2 different times to take her out, one for a walk and one just for going potty. That way she knows what it is she’s supposed to do when. If you have to watch to make sure she’s going don’t let her catch you watching her. It can actually give a dog a complex and make them not go on the leash. Definitely give her treats as soon as she goes, not once you’re back inside and don’t give them to her for anything else while on a walk until she gets the hang of it.
ETA: there is also spray stuff you can get at pet stores that you spray in an area and take them to it and it’s supposed to make them go. I don’t know how well it works but it’s something to look into.
Post # 11
@floridabride12: Good advice- I will really try not to look at her. When she does go, she spins and spins and spins and spins. I actually can’t look or she makes me dizzy! And spins. She will spin for several minutes until she find the perfect place. AHH!
This is all so funny to me. I just wish I could squeeze it out of her:/
@sit1010: I wish we had a patio. That would probably work out. Put a little bush out there and she could sneak out there when I am not “looking.”
Even when she is running free she will hide behind a tree from my view so I can’t “see.”
@Mrs. Spring: You too, huh? 🙂 It is so frustrating, isn’t it? Well, I will need to just be patient and keep trying, I will start using the treats. Good luck to you!