We just got a one year old cocker spaniel that is very well trained. It seems that he has been trained to go to the bathroom on grass. Unfortunately we do not have any grass in our backyard because of the pool, BBQ bar, and patio area. We are trying to get him to go on our side yard which is cement.
We bought some very inexpensive mats (like welcome mats, but much thinner and cheaper) and our dog (who also likes to feel the grass between her toes) uses them. Rinse with a diluted bleach solution (and dry thoroughly) every other day.
If you have a dog then you should be walking it at least three times a day, which is usually fine for an animal to get trained to only pee at those times.
If you want something to sit in the yard and look pretty, then a real dog is not the thing, it is cruel and totally unfriendly to the animal that it has to live in such a sterile concrete jungle.
You need to give your dog LOTS of exercise and that starts with a good long, brisk 35-45 min walk every morning at the same time whether it is your weekend or not,
Your dog will MOST likely need to be let out more than 3 times a day. Don't you go more than that??? Take some posts with a HUGE grain of salt, please.
Your dog needs to know where it is ok to go in your yard AFTER her long morning and evening walks. She won;t get sick from holding it but she may need some direction on where to go in your yard, which is apparently not big enough for grass.
When you walk her and know she's going to pee; slide a folded newspaper so she wets on that. bag it and put it where you want her to go in the yard. It will help let her know here it is ok to go.
It is cruel to ignore the exercise. You made a commitment when you brought a dog into your home. It is your responsibility to make time to get the long, brisk walks done at the same time daily.
If you can't be bothered; you should find a home that cares enough about the dog to give her a good life.
I had this same problem when we moved to Germany. The closest grass was outside of the small town, so we'd have to walk our dog 2-3 times a day to the edge of town.
In the area we lived, ( since there was little to no grass) they had small sandboxes for the dogs to do their business in. You might try that with your dog. Mine refused the sandbox though.
Luckily, when we moved, we found a place with grass!
Good luck to you.
I forgot to mention about the sand box thing. If you put some dog feces or urine in the box, it might help attract your dog to use it.
How about making a low ( 2x4's) box , fill it with dirt and plant a little grass for him.
Check with your local nursery.I worked with a farmer who raised centipede grass in 2 foot plots . You can make a box and plant the grass in it. Invest in a few flowers and make it AN attractive area outside. Inpatients are easy to grow and reseed themselves. Dog dodo makes good fertilizer and urine is a good source of ammonia.
My best idea for a "quick fix" is to pick up a piece of sod from a garden store.. You won't need much at all, and put it down where you want him to go to the bathroom. Don't worry about keeping it alive, just put it where you want him to go.. As long as he uses it, he will get in the habit of using that spot. Mother nature will help you slowly over time, take that sod piece away to eventually leave just the pavement again. By that time, the dog should be used to that spot regardless. If you can afford an entire roll of sod, do the entire section close to the house and it may even stay! My grass keeps taking over OVER the pavement at our house as it is. ;p
Hope this helps.
We feel your pain. Buddy will not relieve himself no matter what in our walled in yard,even in the dirt area.. Hubby takes him for 4-6 walks every day,windy, rain or shine.Sometimes I take him. During recovery of surgeries, we had kind neighbors that came and walked him for us.If you don't have time,you can pay a dog walker. Maybe a young teen in your neighborhood. BUT dogs need exercise( so do you ) We are thinking of taking out some plants in order to put down a little sod, but it is possible that Buddy will still not soil HIS YARD. Grin and bare it, or decide if it is worth it to you to keep your fur baby. Best of luck,GG Vi
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