Dog Toilet Training

While the general behavior of some dogs on the beach can be a cause for concern, the main reason why they are banned from some beaches and other public places is because of the danger of contamination by their excrement. This is linked with particular concern over toxocariasis, since this disease can cause blindness in children. Clearly, it is most unpleasant to sit on the beach surrounded by dog excrement, and of course, above the high tide mark, it will remain here without being washed away by the sea.

Wherever you are out with your dog try to encourage it to defecate in a place where you can clean up easily afterwards. This is now compulsory in many public areas, and special disposal bins are provided for this purpose. You must be equipped with a cleaning tool and bag. A number of such products have recently been introduced to the market to make this task as straightforward as possible. Perhaps the most suitable types are those which can be carried easily in a pocket, and are entirely disposable. They obviate the need to walk about with a small shovel and separate bags.

Out in the countryside, rather than a public park, it is not essential to clear up after your dog. Under normal circumstances, with the dog running free, you may not even be aware of
where it has defecated in undergrowth. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to train your dog to defecate on command as far as possible Otherwise, you may not be aware of abnormalities associated with the passing of feces, such as the presence of blood, which could be an important sign of illness.

Especially if you follow a similar path every day, then getting your dog to pass a motion will be easier to achieve by building on the previous training which it has received in home surroundings. Use the same command, preferably at a relatively early stage once the dog has settled down after being let out of the car, or off the leash. Do not forget to praise the dog when it performs on command. It should soon develop a habit of relieving itself in this way when it finds an appropriate spot at the start of its walk. Always make sure that your peT never fouls paths where people are walking.

When you are in a situation where you have to clean up after your dog it is advisable to encourage it to defecate on a surface which will make the task easier. Avoid areas where children are likely to congregate, since, inevitably, some traces of feces will be left behind if the spot is not scrubbed. In any eve. you should ensure that your dog poses no threat to human health by deworming it every six months once it has reached this age. You can obtain suitable tablets for this from your vet and most pet shops.

Dogs usually sniff carefully at the ground before deciding to relieve themselves. If the area concerned is not suitable, you should try to distract their attention elsewhere. It can be considerately easier to clean up thoroughly after your-pet if it relieves itself on a sandy surface, rather than on grass.