(Closed) Our dog wont go to the bathroom in our yard

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Bostongrl25:  has it snowed there yet?  If so, use a poop bag to being a scoop of snow that she’s peed on back into the yard and dump it out in the area you’d like her to go.  Also, bring a poop home and do the same thing.  Even better still, have a friend or neighbour bring their dog over and go in your yard.  If she’s stimulated by the smell of her own business, and other dog’s, she’ll likely go in the yard.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

How about playing outside with her for a while, and giving her treats when she goes to the bathroom. Instead of taking her for a walk, if you take her in the yard at the routine time she will probably have to pee at some point. Just try showing her the yard isn’t scary and that you are very proud of her when she does go.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was also going to suggest having a friend’s dog come over and use your yard. That really helped when my dog was having this issue.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I said “go potty” and “good potty!” so much when Junior Mink was a baby that now, I just can say “go potty” and he’ll circle and find a spot.

Do you talk while she goes?  She might think that the yard is just for play time based on how you talk.
 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would take her out back and not bring her in until she goes. Take her when she hasn’t gone for awhile, so that you know she will have to go. I use the words “Go potty”, too. And I second the treats idea. Once she learns that she will receive treats when she goes, you can gradually wean her back off of the treats. Definitely use some sort of word or phrase, too. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Definitely put a command to it, (pee and poop should preferably have their own word).  Praise like crazy when she does go in the yard.  Do you take them for a walk first, or let them play in the yard first?  Put them in the yard, and no walk until they’ve both gone potty in the yard.  First thing in the morning, when you know she will have to go, is best.  One thing about the command…don’t give the command until she is in the process of going!  If you tell her “go potty” and she doens’t know what that means, you’re going to have a hard time teaching her.  If you wait until she is going pee and THEN tell her “go potty” she will learn to associate the action with the word.  Good luck!!! 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t have any advice, but I thought it was interesting because my dog would not go to the bathroom anywhere EXCEPT our yard!  Even if we went on long walks, she always waited until we got back home!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Ryansgirl: That’s so funny that your dog is the opposite. You should have your dog have a chat with the OP’s dog! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also, try walking her in your back yard. If she has always gone to the bathroom on a leash, she may not be certain about going off a leash.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I definitely agree with having someone else’s dog come and use your backyard. You might be surprised how quickly she changes her mind about going out there. Just make sure it’s nice and far away from the house. Dogs tend to pick out a spot they prefer to go, and then to continue going there, so if you can just get her started, she’ll probably realize that is her potty spot. 

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