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Training A Dog To Pee On The Grass?

My one year old papillon has been potty trained using a doggie door from day one. But she keeps peeing right outside the doggie door on the concrete. She has an entire back yard with green grass to use. How do I teach her to go away from the door?

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

You need to pick her up and put her where you want her to go. When she does pee on the grass, give her a reward. Ignore the accidents.

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December 22, 20200 found this helpful

Start teaching her with a Doggie Grass pad . You can start where she always pees, like outside of the doggie door. Then after a few days more the pad further to the area you want your dog to pee. https://trainpetdog.com or https://www.justanswer.com

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December 25, 20200 found this helpful

I would close up the doggy door and take her out when it is time to go (get her on a schedule) and place her where you want her to go and praise and give treats when she goes there. The treats and praise are the best reinforcement for getting a dog to go where you want.

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The one thing of note is perhaps she does not like the feel of grass on her paws OR she could even be allergic to grass (we have a boy who has a million allergies--one of which is grass) and they know it makes them uncomfortable so they won't go there. Ways to tell if there are an allergy is when she is on grass does she come in and lick her paws, yawn a lot, scratch, or cry/whine?

If this is an allergy--you can see about allergy treatment or just let her go on a designated concrete place. If you have another space that is not right outside the door, use the food method to train her to go there.

Sometimes we have to figure out the reason before we try to train. My gut feeling is there is some allergy or sensation issue and you may need to find a work around that meets both of your needs!

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Prayers for a good solution.

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December 25, 20200 found this helpful

As a PS, and I had forgotton about this when until I hit post. Pershaps there is something in the grass or something near the grass that makes her afraid of it--or made her afraid of it. When my Carmel Ann was alive, we had an issue where a blue jay swooped at us and scared her really bad--this was near a bush in the front of the house. She remembered that and would not go anywhere near that bush after that happened.

Perhaps there was something a snake or a bird or a critter that scared the dog and she remembers. Dogs have much better memories than people give them credit!

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