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Hi all, looking for some additional ideas, tips or tricks on teaching my girl to potty on command.  I've had her for about 6 weeks now and she just turned six months old last week.

I have been saying "Echo Pee" or "Echo Poo" everytime she gives signals of doing either business 1 or business 2.  After going I praise highly.  Since doing this, I've tried giving the command before any signals and have received mixed results.  Sometimes she would go pee after a sniff or two, and sometimes she looks at me like I grew horns.  As far as going "poo" on command, I've had no luck.

Any suggestions to improve these commands and results or preferred methods of training this?  Thanks in advance.

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ok, Peeing on command I can sorta see because they pee much more often and just like people they can pee even if they don't really 'have' to, but knowing what you want them to do will try... When she pees after being asked throw a friggen parade.  Seriously jump up and down, tell her good dog in that happy voice (yes your neighbors will think you slightly crazy but whatever)  if she doesnt pee - no reactino just bring her inside, watch her closely and try again later.  Standing around for 20 minutes saying Go Potty does nothing....

 

As for Poo - if I told you right now, go poop could you?   dog's don't poop on command anymore than you or I do.   What you need to do is keep their feeding and routine schedule consistant and learn when your dog has to go.  We rescued Pepper Mid-November and I can you tell her exact schedule and it only took about 3 weeks to get her into our routine.  Wake up in the Morning (6am), Home from work in the Afternoon (4-5pm)  before bed at Night (9-10 pm)  I know she has to poop and therefore when I tell her she poops.    She's not pooping because I tell her to she's going because she has to AND I'm telling her to.

 

I can stand out there for an hour at 7pm and say poop 100x's and she's not going to, that doesn't mean she doesn't know what I'm asking it just means it's not her time to go.  

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I use one command for all. Not only does it keep all confusion of "what to do" out of the dogs' heads, but it means I don't go all quiet and shy when people walk by us and I'm trying to get my dog to take a dump.

 

All of my dogs toilet when they're told to "Hurry up". Whether it's liquid of solid depends on the time and the dog. I'm a human and I can't tell whether other humans have to pee or if they have to poop unless they tell me. I have NO CHANCE of knowing which of those two options my canine pals have to do! Saying "Go poop" when Kay has to pee, and vice versa, would make her ears smoke, I think.

 

Along with Lori's toilet training advice, maybe you should stick to one command.

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I just tell skye to go potty... then i praise. it's that simple, Like the others have said, you don't know which she has to do, so just keep it to one command. 

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I actually tell my chihuahua to go poop and he does, I mostly know according to time frame whether it is pee time or poop time or both; Ben knows the difference too, he answers us when we ask "you need to go pee" he has a different woof not a bark just a low woof and a different one for "you need to go poop" other times it's just you have to go potty??? that one just gets a weird drop and swing of the head, cause I think sometimes he isn't sure which he needs he just needs to go do something.....on the way to the car if they pee and don't poop they are told to go poop and they do.....reminds me of when my dad would have us loaded up in our travel trailer and he would say if you don't go pee now you won't be able to for a hundred miles and you do get to where you go on command; you get trained so when you see the rest area sign you feel you have to go hahahahaha, still happens after all these years, same with the dogs yes they will go on command once they understand what the command means.....it's that "power of suggestion" thing it does work.....good luck with it.....some dogs get it others don't

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Great advice, and thank you all.  She pretty much pee's when I tell her to pee, so at this point I think it would be a setback to change to an all inclusive command.  Mainly my goal was for travel and trips, - I really hate having to stop often on long trips and having her go right before leaving would help out.

I don't think I am going to worry over whether she gets to the poo command down pat, although I wouldn't mind it if she listened like tailsin's pets,  that would be a perfect world.

Thanks again everyone.

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When your dog starts to pee, say "Good pee"  when your dog starts to poop say "good poop".  Eventually they associate the word with the action.  Obviously this is only going to work if your dog has to go, but it does come in very handy, and they learn very quickly if you time it right.  

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Yes I did the YAYAYAYA, GOOOD BOY thing every time they did their business and when I got used their body language and I knew they were in the right movements to do their thing like the chihuahua likes to circle a bit before pooping I would tell him "go poop" "go poop" and then when he got done circling and went I would praise him, same with Ben I got used to how he moved around and when he got into the mode I would do the same so now even when they are not circling or wandering nose to the ground I can say "go poop" and sure enough it's enough suggestion that they go into the movements and then do it.......aaaaahhhhh yes a perfect world but it's not, sometimes the chi and I walk around in circles for quite a while looking for just the right spot, however, I did exactly what you are talking about - I wanted to teach them so that I could put them in the car for a long ride and know that a few miles down the road we didn't have to find a grassy area, just like kids.....you barely get started down the road and "gotta go" - it has come in very handy for car rides. Then you have to get used to the inside car message about "I have to go now" which for Ben is literally bouncing up and down on the backseat and when you ask him "do you need to pee" he looks at you like "no" and then you say " do you need to poop" he barks and we stop immediately hahahahaha

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Thanks again everyone ... hmm, I wonder .... does this qualify as - You know you're a Doberman fanatic if ... LOL.  I mean all this excited talk and innovation over bathroom issues.  Love it.  You all are great people with solid and good advice!

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My parents used to think I was an idiot for teaching Dakota "pee" and "poop", until we're at their house in the freezing cold, and I say "Dakota, go pee" and she did lol.  Then it was magical

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hahahahaah Kevin that's too funny, I can see where they would appreciate that alot, hahahaha