Hello all, I've read a couple of posts on here that mention that your dogs go potty on comand almost. if i understood correctly. Question is HOW DO YOU DO THAT! fred has the housebreaking thing down. he goes to the stais and we ask do you have to go out? and he gets all excited. that's when we know he means business. but when we take him out he starts sniffing around some time it takes him a good 20 min to find a spot to go! this can be maddening at tiimes! i've been praising him and saying good boy go potty. but it hasn't been helping. what's the trick of the trade? am i missing something?
With Mason I started using the "Go potty" command regularly at 16 weeks when we started his outdoor training. I just kept repeating it over and over and over again. When he is actually doing his business he looks at me and I say "Good potty/poopie, Mason. Hurry up". He knows that we don't go on any walks until he goes potty. I'm a little more flexible when he poops; he ususally does it on a walk unless he really has to go. The little rascal is smart, though. When we go out to potty he will sometimes just relieve himself just enough to satisfy me (a couple of drops) to get us going on his walk.
You're little guy will get it soon enough. Just keep doing what you're doing.
You didn't mention if you have him on a leash or not, but mine respond to the "potty" command much better if they are leashed. If they are loose in the backyard they will run around exploring and sometimes forget to go.
My dogs pretty much go on command. When you take your dog out, put him on a leash and say "Hurry up go potty"... if he doesn't go within a minute - take him back in and put him in his crate. 10 minutes later, take him out again... again, "hurry up, go potty" if he doesn't go within a minute - take him back to his cage and leave him for 15 minutes. When he finally goes.. praise him with "GOOD OUTSIDE" and allow him some play time.
It really comes in handy on rainy, snowy days or when you're in a rush to get out the door.