Three ways to train a dog to defecate at a fixed point

How to train a dog to defecate at a fixed point is the most frequently asked question. For this, we have collected and sorted out the most complete training data on fixed-point defecation in history. Combined with actual training experience, it is divided into super simplified version, newspaper method and space restriction method. We Let's take a look together.

1. Super simplified version of fixed-point defecation
Don't ask too much for puppies, who didn't wet the bed when they were young, right? Generally, dogs with more than two or three months will have the habit of holding back their excrement and urine, and will have the consciousness not to defecate in the cage (note that it is consciousness, and they will defecate in the cage if they can’t hold it).

1. Dog cage or air box (very important)

2. Prepare the dog toilet (or urine pad) and fence

3. Collect dog urine in advance and sprinkle dog urine on the dog toilet

4. Every time the cage is opened (remember, every time), the dog is directly carried to the dog toilet in the fence. The owner does not make any interaction with the dog (including eye contact), and waits patiently for the dog to defecate.

5. If there is no defecation for more than ten minutes, it means that the dog is not holding back urine or feces at this time. Put the dog back in the cage or play with the dog.

6. The common timing of the dog’s desire to defecate: after waking up in the morning (because it has been held overnight), and after each meal.

Generally speaking, if the dog has not peed for more than 3 hours, it will have the desire to urinate after it is released, so this is why it should be fenced in the dog toilet as soon as it is released. Therefore, when a new dog arrives at home, cage breeding is very important for the formation of good habits in the future!

The above are very suitable for puppies to develop a good habit of defecating at a fixed point after they arrive home. As for the dog that has developed the bad habit of defecating anywhere, please refer to the "newspaper method" below, and the owner must pay more patience and energy.

2. Newspaper Law
This method is suitable for correcting the behavior of adult dogs urinating everywhere. Of course, it is best to keep them in cages.

1. Establish conditioned reflexes at the destination.

After the dog wakes up and about half an hour after feeding, you can lead the dog to the place where you want it to defecate (such as the bathroom or outside), let the dog stay there for a while, and you can make some gestures or say some simple words Quanquan felt that it would be good to put his hands on his hips and shout "Come on". After the dog learns to defecate regularly and at fixed points, it will understand your commands and gestures. This is the principle of using conditioned reflex.

2. Collect urine and clean thoroughly.

Take a few newspaper pads and put them in the place where the dog often urinates. For example, if your dog likes to urinate in the bedroom, you can use newspapers to wipe it clean and absorb the urine for later use, and then clean it thoroughly (use urea to completely decompose the urine).

3. Cultivate the habit of dogs peeing on newspapers.

At the beginning, the dog didn’t know that the newspaper was for excretion, so it was necessary to use the collected newspaper with urine or feces to seduce it. When it saw the dog sniffing around in the bedroom, guide the dog to the On the newspaper stained with feces and urine, you can also use a longer leash to fix it near the newspaper to prevent the dog from walking away until the dog defecates, and then we will give interaction and rewards.

Put a newspaper stained with feces and urine on a new newspaper every day. Generally, after a few days, the dog will know to go to the newspaper to solve it. After the dog is familiar with it, we can try to only put clean newspapers every day. , Induce the dog to know the smell of newspaper to go to the toilet.

4. Slowly move the position of the newspaper

When the dog develops the habit of excreting on the newspaper, we can slowly move the location of the newspaper, such as the door or the bathroom.

5. Remove the newspaper.

When your dog gets used to excreting on the newspaper at the destination, you can try removing the newspaper. When the dog wants to go to the toilet, it will take the initiative to go to the door or the bathroom to lower its head and sniff. After we see its behavior, we must take it to solve it immediately.

3. Space restriction method
This method is suitable for both puppies and adult dogs, but it will take more time for adult dogs to correct. First, dog fences, dog toilets, diapers, snacks, urea solutions, etc. must be prepared.

1. Use a fence to narrow the dog's range of activities, and divide this range into three areas:

Eating area with food basin and water basin
Rest area for kennels or flight crates
Excretion area for dog toilets
The three areas should be close to each other and can be arranged in a T shape, but there should be no free space between them that is larger than the length of the dog.

Instinctively, dogs will avoid eating and resting areas and go to the dog toilet to defecate. When the dog defecates in the right place, we immediately release it from this narrowed range, play interactively or reward small snacks; if it defecates in the wrong place, it must be cleaned thoroughly and there will be no interaction and no reward.

2. Expand the range of activities of the dog.

After persisting for a period of time, the dog will be able to develop the habit of defecating in the dog toilet. Next, we will expand this range, adding more and more blank areas between the three areas, and observe whether the dog continues to defecate in the dog toilet. Go to the toilet to defecate; but if the dog fails to persist, it must return to the previous size until the dog develops the awareness of defecating in the dog toilet.

At this time, we can continue to expand the range (if the fence is not enough, we can use furniture to build it) until the dog's range of activities extends to the entire house, and he can still insist on defecating on the peeing mat all the time.

Four, small tip:
1. About the time node.

Generally, within half an hour after feeding and after waking up, the puppies will have the desire to defecate, that is to say, after feeding and waking up, take the dog to the designated place and wait for them to poop, and then reward them. The whole process needs to be calm, do not look at the dog, let alone touch and tease, the more words and actions the owner makes, the easier it is for the dog to misunderstand the play.

2. The owner must have time and energy.

Many novice dog owners ask how to train fixed-point defecation on the one hand. After knowing the method, they say that they have no time and energy to supervise and pay attention to the defecation behavior of puppies. In fact, this involves another issue: whether to raise puppies or adult dogs. Since you have chosen puppies, you have to take care of them eating, drinking, and sleeping.

3. Let the dog learn to cherish the opportunity to defecate.

Caged dogs are the easiest to train. At the beginning of training, give the dog a maximum of 10 minutes. If there is no defecation in 10 minutes, put it back in the cage and release it half an hour later.

The purpose of this is to let the dog know that if it does not excrete during this period, there will be no chance until the next time, so that the dog can develop the habit of cherishing the opportunity to defecate.

4. Relaxed excretion environment, reward and interaction after defecation.

Regardless of the method, we should wait for the dog to freely decide whether to excrete in these 10 minutes in an environment where the dog feels safe and relaxed, at the time when the dog usually excretes.

Once the dog defecates in the right place, you have to interact with it and reward it with small snacks. It is best to give it delicious snacks that it cannot eat normally, so that it can strongly feel that defecating here has huge benefits.

At first, the dog would think it was just an accidental harvest, and I just took a pee here, and I got so many benefits. After repeating it many times, the dog will regard this period of excretion here as a behavior that can be rewarded, thus stimulating the dog's initiative.

Eventually, a habit is formed. When this time comes, guide the dog over, issue commands to defecate, and then get a reward.

Remember not to add any pressure to it during the whole process. Of course, it is acceptable to gently stimulate the dog's anus with a wet cotton swab.

5. The fault is not yours, but the living environment before the puppy.

In many informal kennels, due to lack of manpower, cost savings and other reasons, many puppies will be kept in the same cage for a long time, eating, drinking, and sleeping in the cage, and the excrement in the cage is not cleaned up in time. There is no concept of zoning, causing dogs to get used to living around feces and urine since childhood. Such a puppy will maintain this habit when it comes to a new family, so it is easy to understand that it will poop and pee on the mat and sleep in the dog toilet you prepared.

This is very common and the most time-consuming and labor-intensive to correct, because a bad habit needs to be corrected before a dog can develop a habit. what to do? Still the same sentence, correct + guide + repeat.

6. What should I do if the dog does not pull outside, but pulls as soon as I get home?

This is a situation often encountered in the later stage of fixed-point defecation training. If it is kept indoors, the obvious phenomenon is that it will not excrete when it is brought to the excretion area, and it will be excreted when it is brought back to the living area. This is the case for several reasons:

feeling stressed and unsafe;
I don't want to urinate yet;
Too much interaction between the owner and the dog distracts the dog from defecating.
In this regard, we need to let the dog know that it is no big deal to go to that place. It can also choose to excrete to get a high reward, or it can do nothing. What we have to do is to take the dog often When the dog arrives at the destination, let the dog get familiar with the environment there. As long as the first defecation is successful, the subsequent progress will be accelerated. You can try the method of gently stimulating the chrysanthemum with a wet cotton swab to help induce it, because it has a lot of feces in its stomach.

Well, the tutorial on fixed-point defecation is basically over here. Novice dog owners must be patient. Recall, who of us didn’t wet the bed when we were young? How many people still wet the bed occasionally until they are in elementary school?

In fact, for most children, they will not learn to "defecate at a fixed point" until they are 2 or even 3 years old. For dogs, it is about 2~3 months or even longer, so please be patient and give dogs more time!