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My three-year-old Maltipoo elim­i­nates out­doors dur­ing our daily walks, but be­cause of my hec­tic work sched­ule, I’ve been try­ing to potty train him in­doors so he doesn’t have to hold his blad­der for long hours. I’ve tried ev­ery­thing: at­trac­tants, fake grass, and even con­di­tion­ing him with whistling, but he just won’t elim­i­nate in­doors. What can I do to en­cour­age him?

Potty train­ing can be hard to change once a dog en­ters adult stage be­cause it has got­ten used to a rou­tine. As a pup gets older, it’s also prob­a­bly bet­ter able to hold its pee and poop for long hours. I had a dog that peed twice and pooped just once a day!

At­trac­tants and fake grass may work but you will also have to plan his wa­ter and food in­take when switch­ing your dog to toi­let­ing in­doors. Firstly, bear in mind that this is a tem­po­rary plan. If you want your dog to start elim­i­nat­ing in­doors, you will have to avoid walk­ing him out­side dur­ing this pe­riod—un­til he does it for the first time in the house. Should you be wor­ried about him not ex­pend­ing en­ergy through ex­er­cise, you can pro­vide him with plenty of men­tal stim­u­la­tion toys to keep him busy and tired.

Start with un­der­stand­ing his potty cy­cle. How many times does he pee a day? When does he poop? To in­crease the odds of your dog do­ing his busi­ness in­doors, I rec­om­mend that you pump him with plenty of flu­ids ans split his meals into sev­eral serv­ings. Many own­ers have told me that it is im­pos­si­ble to pump their dog with flu­ids be­cause they do not like drink­ing wa­ter. Wa­ter is not your only op­tion. You can give your dog co­conut wa­ter, fruit juices, milk for dogs or goat’s milk. You can also make broth and mix it with his wa­ter to en­tice him to drink more. Ice cubes are an­other way to in­crease his fluid in­take. The more he drinks, the more he will need to re­lieve him­self. By do­ing this, you are ba­si­cally set­ting him up for suc­cess as he will no choice but to elim­i­nate in the house.

Train­ing your dog to poop in­doors is a lit­tle trick­ier. Again, the more he eats, the more he will have to let go. Split up his meals, or add some healthy treats to his food. There are many healthy treat op­tions avail­able now. You can add fruits and vegeta­bles with high di­etary fi­bre—such as pump­kin, psyl­lium husk and broc­coli

(in small amounts)—to his meal, as it will as­sist your dog in his poop cy­cle.

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