Stopping a Dog from Peeing or Pooping on Pavers?


January 14, 2020

I a have a small dog who's one year old. She's a Cocker Spaniel cross Silky Terrier. She wees on the grass and poops all over the pavers. I have a very large area of pavers and some times she also poops around the other dog's bowl, who is a 13 year old Labradoodle. I have used products to wash the pavers in the past, but the area is too big for me to control. I have no idea when she goes to the toilet as she has a doggy door and helps her self out when she pleases.


My back yard is 4000 square meters there's plenty of area for her to go. Any one with any suggestions would be great.


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This can be a real problem. This little dog is showing the older dog who is the boss. I find that vinegar is very good for this. Dogs hate the smell of vinegar. You will need to continue to spray the area every day until the dog stops pooping there. Citronella oil is also very effective to stop a dog from pooping in a certain area. Again you have to keep putting it out to stop the dog from pooping in this area. You can put chili powder on the area where the dog is pooping but I really hate this one. I know people recommend this but I refuse to try it. You can wash the area with Ammonia and this one works too. But again you need to keep adding it to the area until the dog stops pooping there.

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Could you fence off an area in the grass for the dogs? This would require some work on your part but I couldnt think of any solution that isnt going to require some work. She would eventually consider this her potty area and you could most likely take the fence down.


It might require you to take her out to the area and let her back in the house.

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Is this a new behavior? Has something changed in her word? Has she been checked by the vet for health issues if it is a new behavior.

If it is an old behavior, she has got the idea that what she is doing is OK and will not change until actions are taken for her to unlearn the behavior.

Can you pick up the bowl first off so that problem would be eliminated? Can you fence off the pavers so she can't get to them?

Can you take her out on a leash and teach her the place you want her to go with heavy praise and rewards. Ideally that is the best solution as she will learn the right place and leave the wrong place alone after time.


Be careful using any chemicals, sprays etc. where there is outdoor space that other creatures can come in contact with as you could end up poisoning or killing them. These aren't good for your dogs to get on their paws either...but if you can control them from touching the sites, it still endangers other creatures.

The last suggestion to pull out the pavers and grass over the area. That may not be an option but it would solve the problem. OR pull out the current pavers, replace with new, and then fence/gate off the space.

Unless it is a health problem, dog's do things because they are learned, not to be bad or malicious. Train the habit out of her may work!

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March 3, 2017

Our 12 year old Labradoodle has started pooping on our pavers. Does anyone have a solution on how to get him to stop?


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Many people have a designated pooping spot for their dog. There are two benefits to this. One, there is a smaller space to clean up. No dog poop "land mines." Second, the dog gets used to pooping there and it saves your concrete, asphalt, etc.


Use an area you've fenced in or a dog run. Train your dog to go there and only there. Do this like you're potty training him. Make sure he can always get in there from the yard. When you take him out to go, make sure he goes there first and then let him out in the yard. Until he's fully trained, don't let him stay out in the yard alone longer than he can "hold it." You'll need to take him in there frequently. And clean up poop from the yard.

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March 27, 2020

So for the last week or so my 2yr old Lab has started peeing on the pavers. He has been peeing on the grass his whole life. We do have another dog who is 7 months old that was weeing on the pavers as he is a puppy, but he's really good now.

Do you think it could be a territory thing? They are both males, my Lab is desexed and the puppy is yet to be? Thanks.


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Sounds like a territory thing to me, also jealous of the puppy. Make sure your Lab gets more attention and play time with you. If this persist seek medical attention from a Vet!

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March 28, 20200 found this helpful

It could be his paws are sensitive to the a reaction. Are they warm or red? It could be a territory thing, but check the paws first.


If it is territorial, best to keep him on a leash to go potty and retrain him to go where you want him too. Or block off the area.

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