By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Professional Blogger
Trainers are always looking for ways to improve relationships with dogs. When it comes to potty training, you can teach a dog to try to eliminate when given a word. Though you need to be ready to pick up on outings and walks, many dogs will learn to relieve themselves at home before and after walks if consistently given the chance. In fact they can learn to relieve their self in a specific area of your yard, thereby, preventing lawn burn and ‘landmines’ in your yard.
Keeping the elimination to certain areas can help the dog be more social on outings, too. Some dogs will defend territory they have marked by urinating and defecating. Getting your dog to do this at home instead of on your walk can have a positive effect on the dog’s attitude toward other dogs and people on walks.
If your outings are long and the dog needs to eliminate before you get back home, you can teach your dog to eliminate on cue. Dogs vary in how their bodies work for elimination. Some will be so stimulated by exercise that they simply must move their bowels on every walk. This is just the way they are made, not a training issue.
A great book to assist you with training your dog when and where to eliminate is ELIMINATE ON COMMAND by Dr. M.L. Smith. It takes about 10 days to have a dog eliminate by giving it the Potty command.