Can you train a dog to poop in one spot?

Asked By: Jadyn Nolan
Date created: Tue, May 11, 2021 12:35 AM
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Take him to his specific area and use a verbal cue such as "Go potty." Keep your dog in that area until he eliminates.

Offer your pup a reward in the form of a treat and verbal praise.

If you are trying to train your dog to go in one spot, bear in mind you may only want to offer the reward if he uses that spot.

Answered By: Sydnie Powlowski
Date created: Wed, May 12, 2021 2:38 AM
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Dogs sometimes eat poop out of boredom, for attention, to avoid punishment, or due to health issues.

However, stool eating, also known as coprophagy, is actually quite normal behavior for a puppy.

She does this both to keep the "den" clean and to protect the puppies from predators that might be drawn by the scent.

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Perhaps the best way to stop the problem is through training and environmental management methods, including:

  1. Keep the dog's living area clean, including the yard, so there will be no poops for him to pick up.
  2. Cat owners should keep that litter box clean or out of the dog's reach.
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Domestic dogs, which can also be avid eaters of poop, have been found to turn to poop eating due to nutritional deficiencies in their diets caused by starvation or disease, prior research has suggested.

However, that doesn't explain why otherwise healthy dogs would develop a taste for waste.

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In general, a dog should move their bowels at least once a day. Many will go two or three times a day on the regular. But if you have a dog that is pooping more than three times a day, don't panic! As long as your dog's stool is solid, of an even consistency, and doesn't contain blood, that's probably normal for them.
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Establish a routine

  1. Take your puppy outside frequently—at least every two hours—and immediately after they wake up, during and after playing, and after eating or drinking.
  2. Pick a bathroom spot outside, and always take your puppy (on a leash) to that spot…
  3. Reward your puppy every time they eliminate outdoors.
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Eating their own poop is harmless, but consuming poop from other animals may cause health problems if the stool is contaminated with parasites, viruses, or toxins. In most cases, this behavior will fade before the puppy is about nine months old.
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Dogs evolved by scavenging, so it may be an instinct to make sure they get enough to eat. It may be an attempt to get attention. If your dog is looking for extra attention and they know you usually react strongly when you catch them eating poop, the behavior may be a way to get noticed.
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