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Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:17 PM

How can I train my adult dog to pee in the bathroom?

It would be really helpful if he knew he could pee in the walk-in shower. He has no aversion to entering the bathroom or to walking into the shower stall (that is, he has never been bathed there, so he has no association).

Is there a reliable way to train an adult dog who never, ever pees inside the house, to do so in one very specific spot?

I know it sounds gross, but it would be so practical!

Please advise if you know anything on the subject, TIA.

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Reply How can I train my adult dog to pee in the bathroom? (Original post)
intrepidity Jan 2021 OP
marble falls Jan 2021 #1
intrepidity Jan 2021 #7
AZ8theist Jan 2021 #16
Croney Jan 2021 #2
secondwind Jan 2021 #3
intrepidity Jan 2021 #5
bamagal62 Jan 2021 #4
Croney Jan 2021 #6
intrepidity Jan 2021 #8
Croney Jan 2021 #11
japple Jan 2021 #17
FM123 Jan 2021 #10
jmbar2 Jan 2021 #9
LakeArenal Jan 2021 #12
intrepidity Jan 2021 #13
safeinOhio Jan 2021 #14
intrepidity Jan 2021 #15
SheltieLover Jan 2021 #18
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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:20 PM

1. The trick is getting them to learn how to pull their zipper down.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:43 PM

7. Hah, I thought the trick would be teaching him to turn the water on, to rinse

My dog is one of those nudists, so no zippers.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 07:24 PM

16. The trick is getting them to wash their paws afterwards...

Especially now, during a pandemic....

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:24 PM

2. Just go all the way...

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:29 PM

3. What benefit do you get from this...


are you planning not to walk him outside?

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Response to secondwind (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:40 PM

5. Of course not

But he can go when he needs to, or if he has to be left alone (which rarely happens, but still).

In particular, during bad weather.

It seems like a no-brainer to me, but so far I've not been able to convince him of it. I need a working strategy from those who know.

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:39 PM

4. Be careful, because once you do train them

To go inside, Iíve heard it really confuses them.
Iíve read that those that are trained to go on the wee wee pad might have accidents if you do both. But, Iím not sure. Might want to call a dog trainer?

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:43 PM

6. We brought our puppy home in a raging blizzard,

and it snowed for weeks, so she was trained to puppy pads. Seven years later, it is still very nice that she will use those pads when the weather is horrible.

I think to train your dog to use the shower, you could bring in some grass she pees on, and put it in the shower, and also pick up some of her poop and put it in there. Then keep encouraging her to go. If she does, use rewards. Try again at the same time next day.

Another thing I do when walking outside is say "go pee" and "go poo" at the place she usually goes. You could do that and then start saying it near the shower.

Some owners are unable to walk their dogs due to illness or injury. There's nothing wrong with having pads as a back-up, or even the shower.

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Response to Croney (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:53 PM

8. Good advice, he does know the commands

He knows "go pee" and "go poop" but when I tell him those things when he is in the bathroom, he gives me that shamed look, like, "are you out of your bloody mind?!?"

I have brought inside things he likes to pee on (tree branches) and things he *has* peed on, but to no avail so far.

I think he thinks that it might be a slippery slope, where he'll get fewer walks, when in reality, he'll just get more opportune walks, because they won't have to revolve around his urination schedule. But he's dogged in his beliefs, apparently.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:01 PM

11. "Dogged in his beliefs," lol

Hmm. Maybe try putting a puppy pad in the shower, with his pee already on it. You'll have to figure out how to score some, from something he peed on. Good luck!

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 04:58 PM

17. Get one of these mats and put in your shower.

https://www.chewy.com/downtown-pet-supply-pee-turf-portable/dp/217647?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Downtown%20Pet%20Supply&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAiA9bmABhBbEiwASb35Vwo9aKRdbyQLkIEN6wfESaZd3KwPxMq7QKVmODgAeTft_1gK6YTzzxoCdUwQAvD_BwE

We got one for our elderly JRT and kept it on the porch so she wouldn't have to go outside in bade weather. She used it until she died. We de-odorized it well and now the cats sleep on it when the weather is warm!

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Response to Croney (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:01 PM

10. I have heard some variations on grass indoors....

I've heard of folks putting grass sod down in a cheap kiddie pool to use during bad weather when they can not go outside.

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:55 PM

9. Build a doggy outhouse in the back yard.

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:31 PM

12. Pee in the shower too.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:36 PM

13. Actually, you raise a valid point, almost

I need to bring some of the neighbor dog's pee inside!

That's gonna be tricky...

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:39 PM

14. SO is trying some

doggie diapers. No verdict yet. Older male that now has to go more now.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:48 PM

15. I've done that in the past, mostly with females, though

Definitely trickier with males.

Yeah, if he could be trained now, then incontinence in old-age may be easier to live with.

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Response to intrepidity (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 10:47 AM

18. Have you tried portable turf?

Fake grass pads for dogs to use on balconies & such.

I've had 2 dogs who would seem to be proud of having a bowel movement right in front of the toilet or next to kitty's litter box.

All that said, your post makes me think of the scene in Bruce Almighty...

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