If you’re anything like me, your mornings look like this:
Wish you were still asleep.
Take your dog out to pee and poop, and then stand there hating everything and everyone because your dog just. Won’t. Go. And then, finally, your pup decides to bless the ground with his feces.
Congratulations, now you’re late for work.
You can see why this gets old fast. So here are some tips to get your dog to do his business in a timely fashion, because you both know he needs to go.
1. Make sure your pup’s reluctance to go potty is not a sign of a medical condition.
Dogs are smart. They often figure out that once they poop, the walk’s over. But before you accuse your pup of being a manipulative little genius, find out if they’re holding it in because of something more serious. Urinary tract infections are a common cause of urinary retention, and constipation might be stopping up your dog’s bowels. Get the opinion of a trusted vet before you trying any of the methods below.
2. Find a quiet area and make it a habitual potty spot.
Like us, pups prefer to go #1 and #2 in peace. Your dog might be uneasy relieving himself in an area with lots going on. It’s kind of like when you go to the bathroom and someone talks to you through the door and suddenly find yourself with a weird case of bathroom stage fright.
3. Tummy massage.
Never underestimate the power of a gentle tummy rub. Your pup will think he’s just getting a normal belly rub for being a good pup, but soft clockwise motions might help get things moving *wink*.
4. Use a command.
My dog Lady responds to “Go poop,” but feel free to get creative. I have friends who say, “Do your business” and “Go potty.” The important thing is that your pup knows it’s go time when you say the magic words so you’re not walking up and down the same street for an entire hour because your squinky thinks you’re just going for a normal walk.
5. Move that booty!
When housetraining, owners are advised to take their pup outside or to a fresh puppy pad immediately after playtime, because all that horsing around encourages your pup to let loose! Taking a quick jog around the neighborhood or playing a game of fetch might be just what your doge needs to finally go.
Got any extra tips? Share with us in the comments below!