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on command. Why?
Here are two of the reasons service dogs toilet on command:
- The disabled handler can clean up after them easier if the dog toilets at a designated
spot where they can reach it
- The dog is toileted before going into public places or at a public place in an out of
the way area (airport comes to mind)
How do we do it? It's the easiest command of all to teach because the pooch has to go
pee or poop no matter what. We start with the pup at 8 weeks and take it outside on a
leash (carry it usually at that age) and put it where we want it and give it a command
like "Get Busy" or "Go Now. Whatever you want to name the action of
toileting is okay, but always keep it the same word(s).
You stand in one place and don't move. Be patient--that is the key. The pup will sniff
around until s/he does her/his thing. Then say, "Good, Get Busy" and praise
mightily. Puppies go all the time, so they learn the command quickly. My experience has
been that pups poo first thing in the morning, 20-30 minutes after eating, mid day, and
again before bed. They pee as often and will pee after excitable playing. So each time put
the dog on leash and take it outside and repeat the above. That's 6-8 training seasons a
day or more! That is why it is so easy to teach.
Now how does it apply to you? Well, maybe you live in a condo or an apartment and need
to have more control over where you toilet your dog. Maybe you are in a hurry to get to
work and you don't have 30 extra minutes to let the pooch smell every tree and bush in
town. Maybe you want the dog to toilet in a particular place in the yard. Maybe it is
raining or snowing outside.... There are many reasons a pet owner would use this command.
It also works for the older dog. Dogs have to go pee and poo anyways, and if you refuse to
walk they will squat. Just be consistent and patient, that is always the key to dog
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