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Potty On The Run

Dear Bailey,

About six weeks ago we adopted an awesome 6 year old Walker Hound.  Rocko is a great dog, but has some strange bathroom habits.

He doesn't appear to be housetrained at all, so we bought a crate for him.  We have had great success with it.  However, when Rocko is out of the crate, he will go on the floor.

Outside, he only likes to do his business on a walk.   He has the run of the front and back yards, but will hold it until we are out on a walk.  This isn't a problem except during a rain storm, or in the middle of the night.  Rocko loves being outside in the rain, but you know how we humans are.  We would like to train him to consider parts of the the lawn his bathroom.  Can you help?

Thanks,

Desperate in Des Moines


Bailey's Reply:

Dear Desperate, 

Congrats for bringing Rocko into your home!  He sounds like a great dog.  Teaching him to go on the lawn should not be a problem if you follow these steps:

  1. Every time you take Rocko out of his crate, immediately place him on a leash, and quickly take him to the spot on the lawn where you want him to go.  This should reduce/eliminate the chances of Rocko going inside on the floor. 
  2. Have treats with you when you go out to the yard.  Take Rocko to the same spot each time.  Become a tree and just wait (no walking around!).  You may wait for up to 20 minutes, so be patient.  If Rocko goes, calmly praise and give a few treats.  Take him off the leash and allow free time.
  3. If he doesn't go, place him back in the crate for 5 minutes.  This is not punishment!  You're preventing the chance of an accident occurring.  After the time is up, repeat Steps 1 and 2.   

If you are consistent with this, Rocko should learn where to go in no time.  That reminds me...  I've gotta take care of business myself!

<bark!>

Bailey

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