How to train dogs not to pee on plants

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How to train dogs not to pee on plants
Dog urine can be potentially deadly to plants. (Getty Images)

Teaching a dog not to pee indoors can be a difficult, time-consuming task. Once that mission is accomplished, some dog owners confront a new problem. They notice their plants suffering from poor health, or even dying, as a result of their dog peeing on them. Now it is as if the housebreaking process begins over again as owners struggle to teach their dog not to pee on plants.

Things you need

  • Collar
  • Dog lead

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  1. 1

    Put a collar and lead on your dog, and accompany her each time she goes outside to relieve herself. Do not let your dog go out on her own for at least three days.

  2. 2

    Let your dog lead you to where he would like to go. If he tries to go near plants, give him a firm "no" and lead him to the area you want him to use. Do this as many times as necessary until your dog stops leading you to the plants.

  3. 3

    Praise her when she uses your chosen spot to relieve herself. Offer praise when she begins peeing, and pet her when she has finished. Treats aren't necessary, as most dogs naturally wish to please their owners.

Tips and warnings

  • If after three days your dog still wants to pee on the plants, continue this for two more days and include dry biscuits or treats as a reward.

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