does Any know how i can get my gsp to stop going to the rest room on my grass?
good luck...mine goes everywhere...dont stand still for too long
First figure out where you want it to go then take it there. After you have taken it to the right spot several times then explain that the grass is NO.
good luck let us know how it goes
First, pick a designated area, for me, it is the dead end side of the house. Starting when I bring a pup home, that is their toilet area. Each time I think the dog has to go, (both pee and poop) I carry (young pup) or lead (on a leash when the pup gets older) or call her over (when they understand the command come) to the toilet area, issue the command (or is it a plea) you will use to get them to go. I use "get busy", I sometimes beg them to go pee pee, then wait until they go, then lots of praise and a treat. For a treat, I use cooked bacon, sliced lunch meat, and liverwurst. When I first moved into my current house, I peed on a paper towel and put a piece of that down on the side of the house to give the pup the idea.
This is done in conjection with house breaking.
I am currently training my third dog to "get busy", we are 4 months into it, probably good 2/3 of the time. 2/3 of the time, she does her business on the side of the house, 1/3 any where in the yard when she has to go, e.g., patio, walkway, steps, garage, driveway, front yard, etc. When we are doing yard work, I have to remember to take time outs to take her to the side of the house. That is when she usually pees where she is, or if I don't get her emptied out in the morning. If I don't get her empty in the morning, she will pee just outside the patio door, she sits there waiting for me to come outside or let her in. I don't remember how long it took the other two dogs, I will be happy is she is reliable by October (club hunting season), that will be 7 months.
Just like with housebreaking, get a routine or schedule, either follow the dog's or establish your own. Example, dog is inside for the night, any time they wake up, they are taken outside to the side of the house, first couple of months with treats. Difficult one for me is first thing in the morning, dog will pee then poop, process takes ~5 minutes, but seems longer because I have to go too. You have to be consistent. Summer heat makes it more difficult. I play/train/exercise/run the pup in the evening, she drinks a lot of water just before her bed time (~7:30pm), then inside, keep an sharp watch, she now goes to the door, will pee at ~9:00pm, ~1:00am, then again at 6am. After a couple of months or trying to get the dog to use the designated area, especially if the dog goes on their own, start to correct the dog for going in a non designated area, I use a loud NO!, then call or catch the dog and escort them to the designated area. If they go, lots of praise and treats.
Good luck, be consistent, and be patient
Last edited by Farallon; 07-26-2012 at 09:29 AM.
Gee, Farallon, that's what I said.
thanks for the info! i just have to stick to it now
What Farralon said, but also choose a word to associate with the deed ( mine is "chores"). When he is peeing in the place of your choice(neighbor's lawn...) praise him for doing ..."good chores!" and giving a treat. You might use a leash to control where he goes, holding his head up until he's over the bombing range.
My dog actually does his chores "on command," so it is a good training method, and will save your lawn, but maybe not your neighbors'."
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