I live in an apartment and my dog is able to pee on the potty pad almost consistently. However, when it comes to pooping, he only does it when I'm not watching. I think this is a byproduct of me scolding him a couple of times long time ago when he was pooping on the sofa. How can I correct this behavior to get him poop on the potty pad?

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    Install surveillance camera, catch the dog pooping on the pad, immediately go and praise it while this is happening. Reward it after. Don't scare the dog though
    – Huangism
    Jan 22, 2015 at 14:23

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Limit the available area to him when you are not directly supervising him. You can purchase exercise pens (image in this answer) in heights from 2 feet to 4 feet get a pen high enough that he won't jump out. One pen will make an area 4 feet by 4 feet, which if you have a small dog should be fine.

Put his bed on onside and potty pads on the other. His only options will be to poop on the pads or on his bed. "Hopefully" he will choose the potty pads. Reward him with praise when you get home and find he did his business in the correct place. After a few days (3-7) when you feel he has gotten the idea, expand the space so there is empty floor, a bed and potty pads. If he has understood the lesson he will continue to use the potty pads.

Once the lesson is learned, you should be able to allow him access to the whole house again. If he starts pooping off the pads again, put him back in the small area and teach the lesson again.

  • Thanks James! I followed your suggestion and allowed for 2 "blocks" in the pen, i.e., 1 block for his pillow (his house) and 1 block for the potty pad. My dog did pee and poop on the potty pad overnight, but also it seems like he likes to lie down and sleep on pad more than on the pillow. Any ideas how to correct this?
    – Mariska
    Jan 28, 2015 at 14:09
  • sleeping on a pad or a pillow would be another questions. But I suspect when he was younger he did not have a pillow option, but did have pads, so the pads are more comforting (emotionally) to him. If this is the case it may make your task more difficult as he may think pad=bed and reminds him of happy puppy days. I suggest you post another question about bed vs pad sleeping. Jan 28, 2015 at 14:15

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