My 17 week old Springer will not use his designated toilet area in the garden...

by Heather
(Hertfordshire)

My 17 week old Springer has stopped using his designated toilet area in the garden. He did, but now will go anywhere else in the garden but that spot. Have tried all sorts but the stubborn hound will not go!! Any ideas?...


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May 14, 2012
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forgot to mention NEW
by: Anonymous

... I forgot to mention that when you catch her being deviant to immediately correct her behaviour by bringing her to the area she is supposed to go in.

May 14, 2012
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... I forgot to mention that when you catch her being deviant to immediately correct her behaviour by bringing her to the area she is supposed to go in.

May 14, 2012
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so far so good NEW
by: Anonymous

This may or may not help, but take what you will, and good luck!

I have just moved to a rural area with my 2.5 year old ESS and had surprising success within 4 days: it required consistency and tough love (plus it helps if your springer is crate trained). I had never trained my ESS to use a designated area before. If there are other people residing with you, they need to follow your lead on this.

Method:

On leash take pup to location: if she goes, praise lavishly (in my case, letting her off leash and throwing a ball), if she doesn't go right away or give signs of doing so, allow ample time (I typically waited 15-20 mins). If she didn't go (and I knew she needed to... re: pup's routine) I would bring her back in and give sit/stay command for 15-20 minutes (or put her in her crate depending on how obedient your pup is). Repeat this process UNTIL she goes, then praise lavishly. Do this EVERY TIME you take your pup out.

After a couple of days (I went by instinct based on my dog's behaviour), I started very gradually - i.e. letting her off leash in her area before going, then letting her off leash further and further from her area, until being letting her go to her area on her own. Whenever she deviated (and she did a couple times rather blatantly), I would revert back to square one. She hated that, and she would challenge me by refusing to go, which then lead to the sit/stay process all over again.

I found her to challenge me more often when it came to pooping as she seems to be more fussy about the "right spot." I compromised (a little) by making her area larger so she had more "choice." :o)

It's been 2 weeks and she only needs an occasional reminder.


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by: Anonymous

does a bear poop in the woods??

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