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So after a couple of months of outside potty training going well (a few minor accidents - mostly when I didn't realize he wanted to go out, and then usually on the mat in front of the door - which he then bites at I think to try to cover up the evidence ), Perry has developed an aversion to the yard at certain times of day (morning and evening). I don't know what's different now - I assume it has to do with the grass being a little high and it being damp in the morning / evening, but it was like that the whole time. However, the last couple of weeks he's taken to peeing and pooping on the patio (covered/ concrete) for his morning and evening. I can take him out into the yard during those times on leash - the biggest problem with that is because he's male (and doesn't lift his leg), it's dark out and he's short I can't actually tell if he's peeing (resulting in yesterday's incident of taking him out on a leash into the yard, him pausing in the yard as if he were peeing, us going inside, and him peeing on the bathmat in the bathroom). Plus, it's a hazard to walk in the poop area of the yard in the dark (as 2 pairs of sandals can attest).

What he's been doing if left on his own at that time of day (and in the morning) he is going on the patio, and I'm not quite sure what to do to discourage this behavior. I've started playing ball with him on the patio (hoping to go with the theory that they don't like to potty where they sleep or play) but so far that hasn't discouraged it.

Like I said, this hasn't been from the beginning - it's a new twist. Any ideas?
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Honestly, the only way to train this is to take him out onleash, and make SURE he potties where you want him to. That means, bring a flashlight so you can see if he's really going. And pick up the poop in the yard. Not only will it save your sandals, but MANY dogs find it aversive to potty in a dirty area. Remember, to him, the patio IS outside... He doesn't understand the difference, other than that one area is clean and pleasant, and the other is uncomfortable and smelly.

Inside the house, go back to confining him so that he cannot make mistakes there.


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Honestly, the only way to train this is to take him out onleash, and make SURE he potties where you want him to. That means, bring a flashlight so you can see if he's really going. And pick up the poop in the yard. Not only will it save your sandals, but MANY dogs find it aversive to potty in a dirty area. Remember, to him, the patio IS outside... He doesn't understand the difference, other than that one area is clean and pleasant, and the other is uncomfortable and smelly.

Inside the house, go back to confining him so that he cannot make mistakes there.
Thanks, you're right - I do need to take him out on leash, morning and evening - that's the only times when this is an issue. The poop does get cleaned up in the yard (the gardener does it twice a week) and I probably should at least move it to one area (freeing up the rest of the yard) the other days -- there's a 2nd dog at the house - my landlord's dog - who leaves quite big piles (though she is very good about only doing it around the edge of the yard).

I have a feeling right now the big issue is the length of the grass and it being damp in the morning/ evening on his belly, so will have to make sure the gardener keeps it cut shorter and see if we can get back to the yard those times of the day.
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I agree with Karen's advice. You have my sympathy. Good luck!

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