How to Train a Dog to Pee and Poop on Command

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Eliminating in the house is one behavior problem that a lot of dogs get in big trouble for. Dogs are brought to shelters and abandoned because of housetraining problems. Your dog can learn to do this behavior on command. Here are some step-by-step instructions.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Treats
    • 1

      Go outside with your dog on leash even if you have a fenced in yard. You need to be close to your dog when you are teaching this. Pick a word or words that you are going to use. I use "Get busy" for my dogs.

    • 2

      Observe your dog while you are outside with her. When she starts sniffing the ground start to say the words you are going to use. So if your dog is sniffing, showing signs that they are getting ready to go, start saying, "Get busy," "Get busy," over and over until your dog starts to go.

    • 3

      Once your dog starts to pee or poop, stop talking. If you start to clap your hands or start telling your dog how great they are, your dog may stop going. It's best to keep quiet until your dog stops.

    • 4

      As soon as your dog stops you can lay on the praise and give your dog a treat. It's important that you watch closely so you can immediately praise as soon as your dog is done. Any delay, and your dog may think he is getting a reward for a different behavior.

    • 5

      After a few weeks your dog will start to go when you say "Get busy." It is well worth the effort and you'll be glad you did when the temperature drops to below freezing or when you're standing outside during a down pour.

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