How to Teach Your Dog to Pee on a Leash

Dog peeing on a leash

Hurricane season is upon us, and with it comes the need to prepare for emergencies, including potty training your dog on a leash. Many pet owners faced this dilemma during Hurricane Irma, where quick evacuations put their dogs in unfamiliar situations. The main concern was getting their dogs to pee on command while leashed, as dogs can be particular about where they choose to relieve themselves, especially in stressful situations.

Common Challenges in Potty Training

Let’s delve into the challenges faced when training a dog to pee on a leash. First, some dogs simply don’t like to go while on a leash. Second, dogs often become accustomed to a specific type of surface, such as grass, which can make it difficult for them to go on other surfaces like rocks or mulch. This problem is especially true when it comes to pooping rather than urinating.

Potty Training for Hurricanes

Now that we understand the root of the issue, let’s explore effective training techniques. Teaching your dog to pee on a leash is generally easier than teaching them to poop on command. However, the ultimate goal is for your dog to relieve themselves on cue while on a leash. This skill comes in handy not only during emergencies but also in everyday situations. Imagine the convenience of knowing your dog has already done their business before heading into a competition ring or avoiding a designated potty spot in your yard.

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My own experiences with my competition dog, Genghis, have led us to unconventional potty spots, from the Tampa airport to hotel balconies. Contrary to popular belief, training a male dog to command is not necessarily easier than training a female dog. Male dogs tend to mark their territory more frequently, requiring careful attention to ensure they fully empty their bladder each time.

Steps to Train Your Dog to Pee on a Leash

Follow these steps to teach your dog how to pee on a leash and on command:

  1. Set aside dedicated training time, preferably in the morning. Attach your dog’s leash and lead them directly to the desired spot. Use a specific command for “potty” and repeat it until your dog goes. If your dog is searching for a spot, stand still and continue using the command or walk around the area, pointing to the grass.

  2. Once your dog does their business, reward them with a small treat or praise. Be patient and avoid rewarding them until they have finished peeing. If your dog has only urinated, they will likely need to poop as well, especially in the morning. Therefore, reserve a more substantial reward until both activities are complete.

  3. If your dog has not yet finished pooping after peeing, repeat the potty command and follow the same routine as before. Once they poop, reward them with multiple treats, extra praise, or playtime. If your dog tends to move while pooping, shorten the leash to limit their movement. In case this doesn’t work, be prepared to catch their poop to avoid your dog stepping on it.

  4. Once your dog has mastered this routine during their morning potty time, it’s time to apply the training at other times of the day. Use the same method described above but vary the length of the leash over time. Remember to take your dog to the same spot initially, as dogs typically poop only once or twice a day. As time goes on, you’ll become familiar with your dog’s potty habits.

  5. The final step is to expose your dog to various surfaces while repeating steps 1-3. During the initial phases, stick to the same spot, but now introduce different surfaces like grass, sand, or pavement.

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Traveling, especially during emergencies, can be stressful. The goal of potty training for hurricanes is to help your dog quickly adapt their potty routine, making them more adaptable to changes in both their routine and environment. Take your time and remain calm as you progress through each step.

If you need guidance with obedience training or any other dog-related issues, feel free to reach out to us at Karen’s Kollars or call us at (727) 201-9790.

Below is an image of a dog who successfully completed our Full-Service Training program, where we trained them to pee and poop on command while on a leash.

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