Being a dog owner is a wonderful, rewarding experience, but waiting for your dog to do his business while you’re standing in the middle of a rain or snow storm is one of the more frustrating aspects of dog ownership. Believe it or not, you can actually teach your dog to poop on command! The AKC offers dog lovers training tips from experts including these steps you need to take your dog through in order to have him go to the bathroom on command from AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Mary Burch, Ph.D.
- Basic house training. Before you can have your dog pooping outside on command, you must teach him to “go” outside so he isn’t having accidents in the house.
- Make a predictable schedule. Put your dog on a regular feeding and exercise program and then observe him to determine his normal schedule for relieving his bowels. Some dogs poop first thing in the morning, while others do
- their business later in the day.
- Pick a command and begin using it. Take your dog on a walk or in the yard at a time when he will likely have to go to the bathroom. The moment your dog squats and starts to go, say whatever you decide your command will be. You’ve caught your dog right as he is starting to relieve himself and you are simply labeling the behavior. Praise him and give him a treat.
- Repeat over and over. Repeat this pattern and command for a number of days so your dog will begin to make the connection between the command and the action of going to the bathroom.
Have any of you taught your dog to go on command? Do you have any tips or tricks? Share with everyone in the comments!