A. Timing is key. Try taking him about 30-min after eating or drinking, playing or napping. Give him at least 10-15 min to do his business and once he does immediately say"Good!" and give a tasty treat. Also don't rush him back indoors immediately after. Let him enjoy being outside and not view it as a chore only. Pottying should not mean all fun ends. Otherwise, he will hold it until he goes indoors. You can also try moving the paper gradually toward the door you use most often to take him out and again stick to a schedule. You can also try crate training if you have not done so already.
DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.
Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.
User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.
petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.
Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.
Your account has been reactivated.