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Old 02-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Can I train my dog ...

... to poop in one area of the yard?

We think she's about 2.5 and we've had her for almost a year (she was a rescue.) Our backyard is fenced so we just let her in and out by herself. At first she pooped in one corner, then she started going along the fence but at least it was away from the center of the yard. Over the winter she has started going everywhere in the yard. Right now it's not a big deal but as the weather gets nicer I want the kids to be able to play back there. We do have a patio but we're supposed to get a swingset, and my clothesline will be put back up, too.

Can I do anything? Are there books or websites with information about this?

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: Can I train my dog ...

subbing because i'm thinking of training for 1 spot too (just have to decide which spot? )
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Re: Can I train my dog ...

You might try moving all the poo to one particular area and taking the dog out on a leash to that spot for awhile. I use a leash and always took the dog to the same spot and now he automatically goes straight there.
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You might try moving all the poo to one particular area and taking the dog out on a leash to that spot for awhile. I use a leash and always took the dog to the same spot and now he automatically goes straight there.
I guess this is what I'll need to do. She's going to be confused when I put her on the leash! That means a walk and she gets SO excited.
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Re: Can I train my dog ...

We trained ours to poop in an ivy patch growing up. We always took her there on a leash to poop as a puppy, and eventually she figured it out. Because it was an ivy patch, we never had to scoop.
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We trained ours to poop in an ivy patch growing up. We always took her there on a leash to poop as a puppy, and eventually she figured it out. Because it was an ivy patch, we never had to scoop.
We did something similar as a kid. We didn't use a leash, but my dad would call the dog to a wooded area of the yard when taking the dog out. If the dog did poop somewhere else, my dad would scoop the poop (in front of the dog) and move it to the appropriate area. Eventually the dog figured it out.
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