Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Potty re-training question
Ever since Malik was little, we've taken him across the yard to the tall grassy area for him to pee. He poops on his walks only, and that's fine. But he's now 4 years old and we're really tired of having to take him out at 11 at night to that tall grass, which means putting shoes on (and in winter a lot more), walking through the garage (he has a dog door), out through the yard about 20 yards, and wait until he decides to go.
We've been trying to only walk half way through the yard and coax him (he knows "hurry up" for peeing), but he stops when we do and looks at us quizzically. Eventually, we creep towards the grass and he'll make up his mind, and we'll talk a few steps back to try to increase his confidence being alone. But it seems like he's not really getting it and I'm not sure we're doing the right thing.
Would any of you have any ideas, suggestions, etc? We really want to have him go out alone, meaning open the living room door to the garage, say "hurry up", have him go sniff and pee for whatever time he needs, and not have to step out anymore.
~ Malik, GSD, 10.5 yrs old