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I have a question for you about potty training. I recently adopted a 2 yr. old St. Bernard/Mastiff mix.
Lovely dog, great with my grandkids and she has a wonderful disposition. She is potty trained; I take her on a leash to our side yard. I've been doing this for a month now. Yesterday we finished putting up a fence on the other side of the house where we prefer her to go. We can just open the door and let her wander around without a leash and know that she is safe. She doesn't seem to get it that we want her to go potty there too. When she needs to go potty, she wants us to put her on a leash and take her to the other side where she had been going. How can I get her to use a particular area from now on?
Hi there Delilah,
Thank you for your email regarding your 2 year old St Bernard/Mastiff mix and her current toileting problem!! It sounds as though your dog is pretty used to toileting on the other side with you by her side. This problem shouldn't take too long to sort out and it will require your help of course.
For the next week I would like you to continue taking your St Bernard/Mastiff cross out to the unfenced are you have been using previously. Every time you take her out to toilet give her a command such as "Be Quick!" or "Toilet" and be sure to use her name after these commands. Use a very encouraging and high pitched voice here. When she does go to the toilet out on the unfenced yard be sure to give her plenty of praise and attention and perhaps a food treat. After a week or two of this continual praise and rewarding after giving a "Toilet" command, you can then attempt to try again on the new fenced yard on the other side of the house.
Once you are certain that your dog understands the "toilet" command, it is then at this stage that you take your dog to the newly fenced area. Be sure to continue to use the lead for the next little while and only ever take her to this newly fenced area from this point on, since mixing the two areas may confuse her initially. Take her out to the fenced yard and give her the commands as you have done before. Ideally you will be taking her out to the toilet only when she really needs to go. Continue to give the "toilet" command and only reward her if she toilets out here. If nothing happens, return inside and try again half an hour to an hour later. I am positive that this method should work for you so long as you train the "toilet" command long enough for your dog to understand it!
With time, patience and plenty of praise you will be able to convince your dog that it is fine for her to toilet in the new area. After you have convinced her to toilet in this new area and she has been doing so for several weeks, you can then let her off the leash and call her out to toilet. Then after a couple of weeks of that, perhaps leave her to her own devices to toilet whenever she needs to outside in this newly enclosed area!
Best of luck with your dog and please let us know how you get on.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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