Scooping up a pile of your pup's feces from the concrete is a job no one should have to do. It's messy and nearly impossible to clean up entirely without water. But your pup's fascination with concrete doesn't have to continue. Teaching him to eliminate on command will have him leaving those sidewalks alone and instead doing his business in grassy fields.
Tip #1 - Take your pup to a patch of grass either when he needs to go out or a short while after he eats a meal. Some dogs, especially when they really have to go, might pull you with all their might to their special spot. Urge your dog to follow you to the grass by calling his name in a playful voice, distracting him with a toy or something similar.
Tip #2 - Let him sniff around and explore the grassy area. If he's a habitual concrete defecator, he's probably not going to be overly enthusiastic about doing his business on another surface. So be patient with him. The more you pull his leash and become frustrated, the less relaxed he's going to be. If he doesn't go within 5 to 10 minutes, take him back inside. Each time you take him out, bring him right to the grassy area.
Tip #3 - Give him a verbal cue the moment he squats down and begins relieving himself. Anything that's unique will work, such as "go poop" or "bathroom." Say it about four or five times, slowly, as he's eliminating.
Tip #4 - Praise him the moment he's done relieving himself. Tell him he's the best dog in the world, give him a pat on the butt or an ear massage. At the same time, hand him one of his favorite treats. High-reward treats -- those your pup likes the most -- work best. The positive rewards tell him that grassy areas are good surfaces to eliminate on and that listening to your command means wonderful things are about to happen.
Tip #5 - Repeat the whole process over and over again. Unlike other types of training, teaching your pup to eliminate on command is something you have to do on his terms. You may only get to practice two or three times a day, so you have to be consistent. After about a week, say the command when you bring him into the grass. As long as he has to go, he should spin around, squat down and relieve himself.
Warning: Never give your pup a hard yank if he's in the middle of eliminating on the concrete. Just let him finish.
By Chris Miksen
About the Author
Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.