I was wondering if there was any truth to the myth that if you, as the owner, pee on things around the yard, it will encourage the dog to also pee outdoors and reduce household accidents. I've always been curious if this method of training works.
possibly, but you have to ask yourself, why?
First of all (and someone feel free to correct me if im wrong) if a dog watches you peeing, I dont think it will make the distinction between you peeing, and it peeing, because our bioligy is so different, we pee on 2 legs, they pee on four (or 3), so watching is not the case. Now dogs have a keen sense of smell, once they smell the amonia in urine, it will imediatly trigger a need to go to the toilet.
So with those thoughts in mind, whilst your idea may work, its the reason behind it that you should focus on, and that is the dog smelling the amonia. So if you dont want to toilet outside, just throw a few urine soacked paper towels in the area where your dog is suppose to go to the toilet, and hopefully he will get the idea.