How do I get my dog to urinate on my lawn??

Dog learned to mark as an un-neutered dog. He was neutered as an adult. Now, he will not empty his bladder on our lawn and must go for several walks a day in order to do so. How do I get him to just empty his bladder on my lawn??

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    By: Sara Joann Meritt El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Male dogs that have been neutered as adults have a build up of the hormone testosterone. This can cause unwanted behaviors such as marking. It can take weeks or even months after neutering for the levels to reach a low enough point that the desire to mark is decreased. Because this is a behavior that was learned in adulthood, the habit may persist throughout your pets life. However, there are techniques that can help to reduce the frequency if not eliminate the problem all together.

    You will need to go back to the basics of house training. If he is marking inside your home you can start by confining him to a small area, where you can keep a constant watch on him. When he begins to mark you must correct him while he is in the act. Any correction made after the deed is done, will only cause confusion and make the training process more difficult and timely. If you are diligent in his supervision and proper correction, you may see results in as little as 1 to 2 days.  The same will apply for marking outdoors. You may notice that he has a number of choice places he will frequently mark. Correct him as he marks in these areas. When he completely eliminates his bladder on your lawn, Praise him with reward of affection or a food treat. Praise is the most important aspect of training. If he knows a positive outcome will apply after completing a desired task, he will be more likely to repeat it.

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