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3 Easy Steps to Train a Dog Who Refuses to Potty Outside

It’s quite unusual when a dog refuses to potty outside. However, this case happens when dogs experiene a traumatic or negative experience, causing them to feel worried to frightened of being outside. In some cases, it may also be because they have lived entirely indoors throughout puppyhood, making them uncomfortable outdoors. There are numerous reasons, but whatever the case, you need to let your dogs enjoy the outdoors without holding the call of nature. 

As an owner, you need patience and dedication when training your furry friends to potty outside. This may not be an easy process, but fret not; we are here to guide you! 

In this post, we have listed some easy steps on how you can train your dogs to potty outside. Here’s how: 

Step #1: Dedicate a Small Confinement Area Outside 

As a first step, you need to create a dedicated confined area outside of your house so that your dogs can recognize that the space is solely for that purpose, and they will feel more comfortable. The first step will be most effective in the morning when you know it’s time to do their business. You should be alert so that you can take them outside right away. Now, after you have placed them in the confined area, try to stand back from the space and leave them to do their business. While you are waiting, time them for at least 10 minutes, and if you see that your dog has successfully relieved itself outdoors, give them a treat and celebrate by praising them! 

However, if after 10 minutes nothing happens, try to take them back inside, and if they try to poop while indoors, interrupt them and take them back to the confined area outside. It may be harsh, but it can be effective in helping them get comfortable outdoors.

Step #2: Gradually Remove the Confinement Area

When you feel like your dog is getting comfortable in the confinement area, start reducing any flooring or pads you placed inside the dedicated space. This way, you can gradually expose them so that they can be comfortable even without the help of confinement. You can do this one step at a time so that it will not be so hard for your dog to adjust. Give them some time to make themselves comfortable until you remove the confinement altogether. 

Step #3: Be Consistent

As an owner, you should always be on the lookout for your dog every time they have to relieve themselves. This way, you can ensure that the training will work for the long term because you are consistently imposing that they should do it outside. By being consistent, you can also avoid having unexpected indoor accidents, and you can help your dog be 100% comfortable eliminating outside. 


Potty training your dog outside is not that hard. You just need to have consistency, dedication, and commitment. Hopefully, our easy steps will be helpful when you start to potty train your dogs outside. If you follow these steps closely, you can have a higher chance of making your potty training successful. Just make sure to supervise your dogs at all times and reward them for doing such a great job after. 

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Learn The 5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems And Tips On What To Do About Them

Learn The 5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems And Tips On What To Do About Them

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A dog with behavior problems can easily drive even the most experienced dog owner crazy. Most dog owners want their dogs to be happy and healthy, and to exhibit the best behaviors. But even the most disciplined dog will once in a while demonstrate a dog behavior problem. This is because dogs are not moral–they do what they do to suit them, not because that thing is right or wrong. In order for you as a dog owner to have the best behaved dog, it is important that you learn to identify your dog’s behavior problems and how to effectively correct them. The following are the 5 most common dog behavior problems and what to do about them.

It is normal for a dog to bark once in a while, but when the dog barks excessively, or whines and howls without a reason, then that is considered a behavior problem. But before you try to correct this behavior problem it is important to find out the reason for the barking, howling, or whining. For example, a dog can bark to warn or alert you, seek attention, display anxiety, boredom, excitement, or out of a response to other dogs. Therefore, check out the reason why the dog is barking, if possible eliminate the reason for barking, teach the dog not to howl, and if the dog is seeking attention, don’t respond immediately as this will encourage the dog.

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Chewing is considered a natural act for all dogs. But this can be a behavioral problem if the dog causes destruction. Some dogs chew when teething (puppies), when bored, curious, or anxious. In order to address this problem, it is advisable to encourage your dog to chew on acceptable objects. Ensure that your personal items are kept away from your dog. You can also keep your dog crated when you are not at home. One correction technique is to use a sharp noise when you find your dog chewing on the wrong item.

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Digging is also another common dog behavior problem that drives most dog owners mad. It is important to first understand that digging is a natural instinct in dogs, but of course this should also be controlled. There are some dog breeds that are prone to digging, for example the Terriers simply because of the hunting history they have. Some of the reasons why dogs dig include excess energy, anxiety, fear, seeking comfort, gaining access to something, or hiding possessions. It is important to find out the cause of the digging and then eliminate the source. You can also exercise your dog on a daily basis to help drain excessive energy, and you can also set aside an area where the dog will dig whenever need arises.

Inappropriate Urination or Defecation
This is among the most frustrating dog behavioral problems among dog owners. This behavior can damage your belongings, areas in your home, and it can also make your dog unwelcome in some areas. Dogs urinate as a way of marking territory, to seek attention, as a result of anxiety, or due to a lack of proper housebreaking. Train your dog where to defecate and where to urinate. You can also train your dog how to alert you whenever they feel like urinating or want to defecate; many people have success training their dog to ring a bell on the doorknob when they need to go outside.

You can also talk to your veterinarian about this problem, because sometimes health problems are the cause of unwanted urination.

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This is a very bad habit in dogs, which most dog owners unknowingly encourage. Dogs beg because they love food, but this should not be a reason to encourage this behavior. When encouraged, this behavioral problem can lead to obesity and digestive problems, not to mention the irritating behavior. It is hard to resist when a dog begs, especially with that longing look when the dog begs for food. But giving in is worse, as you will be encouraging this bad behavior. When you are about to eat, enforce your dog staying away from the table where he cannot stare at you. You can only let him eat when you have finished eating. Remember, in nature the leader of the pack eats first.

In summary, for you to deal with the above 5 most common dog behavior problems, it is important to find out the underlying causes of the problems before figuring out how to deal with the problems. Remember, dog training is very important for all dogs in order to have a happy co-existence with humans.

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