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Old 09-08-2011, 11:59 AM
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Teaching dog to poop in one spot.

Can a dog be trained to poop in one spot in backyard? Please read further because there is more to it.
I plan to go on a trip and my husband is willing to take care of my dog, but........... He is willing to do everything except to deal with poop. My dog doesn't poop in the backyard or in the dog run. He always takes care of it during our walks. My dog won't go for walks while I am gone.
My husband wants me to teach the dog to poop either in the dog run or in backyard, but if in the backyard then only in one spot. The poop will not be cleaned while I will be gone, which will be about 2-3 weeks.
My question is, how long does it take to teach dog to poop in one spot in backyard and will the dog be willing to poop in that one spot since there will be several days worth of poop?
Also, is it a good idea to teach a dog to poop in his dog run?
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My feelings are is your dog is not going to want to defecate in an area that's already overrun with her feces. You maybe might need to widen her swath of poop area so she has ample space to do her business in.

Have you considered a dog poop clean up service?
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My feelings are is your dog is not going to want to defecate in an area that's already overrun with her feces. You maybe might need to widen her swath of poop area so she has ample space to do her business in.

Have you considered a dog poop clean up service?
I was not aware that there even is such service?
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I was not aware that there even is such service?

Lol, there's a service for everything nowadays it seems!

I googled "dog poop clean up service California" and tons of options popped up. I don't know where in CA you live but I am sure there's one nearby. I have no idea how much they cost, but I know they exist!

Of course, I'm sure it is possible to train your dog to poop in one area. I'm just not so sure how happy she'd be to do it when it's already covered with her poo. Think about it. 3 weeks, 21 days, 2 poops a day... that's over 40 turds in one space. And then YOU have to clean it all up! That's a mess.

Here's a link that may help: http://www.poopbutler.com/states-cal...pooper-scooper
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I most definitely would NOT teach her to poo in her run. BAD IDEA.
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I pretty much had an idea what your opinions will be.
I think it might be better to board him.
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I most definitely would NOT teach her to poo in her run. BAD IDEA.
That was my thinking too. It is like to teach him to poop in his crate.
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I guess it's possible to teach him to go in one spot but I think it would take quite a bit of time to train. I have heard of people training dogs from when they are puppies to do that and it's probably easier to start when they are young. Your husband is a very lucky man to have you trying to make things easier on him. If it were me I would just tell him to get a bag, man up and pick up the poop. It's not radioactive or anything.
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You might be able to have a dog walker come in once or twice a day.
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You said the dog won't walk with anyone else so I agree with the idea of hiring the pooh cleanup service while you are gone. Alternatively maybe another family member, friend, or neighbor will do it for you.

Boarding seems like a good second option if your husband can't to do what is required for complete care.
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