04-27-2017, 07:16 AM
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Hi Aburker82 - Have you placed anything in the area to remind them this is the place? Try a large item like a fake fire hydrant/plug. Having a visual cue may help.
You can also mark the area off with a low ankle high garden fence but you don't want to make an area they feel they cannot get to.
Each time the dog needs to go you need leash walk him to the area. Stand in one spot in the center of your potty area and tell the dog - Go potty and wait.
Keep good treats on hand and give one to your dog as soon as he is done with what you wanted him to do. Sometimes a high value treat that is only for this training helps. He will learn he will get the great treat for doing right.
Consistency is the key. Sometimes it can take a long time. You also need the area to be large enough so they have choices when they are able to understand where to go and are off leash.
Eventually you will be able to walk your dog to the area without the leash, but follow the same steps. Stand in the same place, give the command and give the treat. If you find your dog wants to go to another area of the yard go back to the leash training.
The last step is once your dog masters going with you walk open the door stand at the door and tell your dog the command. When your dog comes back give him the treat. Again if he fails to go in the correct place take a step back on training and try again.
You will need to keep the area clean. Dogs don't normally like to go in an unclean spot.