(Closed) Neurotic Dog Will NOT Go Potty On Leash!- Please HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 7
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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.

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