Should you catch your dog in the act
In such circumstances, avoid striking the dog or screaming at him. Otherwise, he will associate defecation with punishment, and the dog will fear defecating in your presence. It will then become hard to go outside with your dog for this purpose, as he will refuse to do it in front of you. He will be afraid of being struck by you. He will look for a hiding place to do his business.
So, whenever you see the dog sniffing the ground, going around in circles, waking up from a long snooze, putting a stop to his playing, and start crouching down, you must:
- Interrupt the process by giving him the VW "HEY!' + SHORT SPRAY with an assertive tone.
- Go out for five minutes.
- Give the command "POOP" for defecation.
- Put him back in his cage; if he doesn't defecate, take the dog out once more twenty to thirty minutes later for five minutes, and so on, until you have obtained the desired results.
- If he does what is required, congratulate him (SR "SOUND + GOOD!").
If you discover the mess after the fact: When the mess is discovered after the fact, it is already too late to correct the dog. When you find the mess, clean it up right away, otherwise the dog will be led to understand that it is acceptable to defecate at that place. Seeing ashave a tendency to defecate at a place where they recognize the odor of their own stools, it is recommended to use vinegar, which completely neutralizes the odor.
Note: Do not use commercial products which contain chlorine and/or ammonia, because dog urine contains these elements.
- Give the VW "HEY!" when the dog defecates inside, and the SR "SOUND + GOOD!" if he does so outside, and the dog will clearly get the message.
- Be vigilant concerning the defecation of your dog; if he cannot hold it in at all, this could be indicative of so me ailment, or disease.