Is it possible to train your dog to potty on command? This sounds crazy. Surely no dog will go potty when told to… right? Actually, you may be suprised to learn that it is possible to train your dog to go potty on command!
This is a great way to help with potty training. So if you are having trouble teaching your dog to potty outside.. then teach him/her to potty on command. All three of my Bostons are trained to potty on command. It’s quite helpful. When I let my dogs out, I give the command, they go, and then I’m back in my warm house before you know it!
So you may be thinking that this must be a difficult command to teach.. right? WRONG! This is a very simple command to teach, however, it does take time. So what’s the secret? How can you teach your dog(s) to potty on command? Well, like I said, it’s simple. Simply say "Go Potty" when your dog begins to potty.
Ok, to clearify… this works best if you can train your dog as a puppy to potty on command. Every dog, I don’t care what breed or size, has a pattern they go into before the act of pottying. I’m talking #2 here, not #1. #1 is harder to command than #2, especially in males. It is possible with some neutered males and females, but requires a lot of patience and time. Ok, back to what I was saying… every dog has a pattern they go into before they go #2. Wether it be going in circles in one spot, or sniffing a certain way, they have a pattern. All you have to do is to watch for and learn this pattern. Once you see your dog entering this pattern, simply say "Go Potty" or "Go Poopoo" which ever you prefer. Repeat this every time you let your dog outside to go potty. It will take some time, but your dog will eventually associate you saying "Go Potty" with his/her pattern and he/she will feel the urge to go. Now, this is not always fool proof. Sometimes your pooch may not have to go #2, so don’t expect it to work every single time.
Well, there you have it. Training your dog to go potty on command. What ever you do, once your dog has learned the command well.. don’t say that command, or the word potty or poopoo while he/she is inside, or you’ll have a mess to clean up!