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    Litter Retraining for Adult Dog

    Hello all I just recently joined this forum and have decided to post for the first time since quite frankly I'm completely confused on how to handle the situation I'm in. I have two dogs, Russian Samoyeds, around a year old both of them. The male is the laziest dog I have ever seen while the female is equally hyper. We have a large yard where they stay at night. The problem is that when they were puppies we had a large sandy area in the yard where they used to litter and were well trained; recently however my aunt got half of the sandy area cemented, over our objections, and that's when the problem started. While the male adjusted, the female couldn't. She continued to use the same area, now cemented, for littering and the problem is slowly getting worst as she's starting to use all cemented surfaces as her litter box.
    I really need to retrain her but am confused about how to start. Any help and advice would be appreciated. They're otherwise relatively mild, obedient dogs and I want to deal with this problem asap so that it doesn't accelerate and get out of hand...
    Thank you all for your help beforehand

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    Can somebody clean the cemented area? She has been using that area to litter for all her life, now she doesn't understand its not OK. Take her outside on the leash and keep her in the sandy area to litter. Tell her she is very good when she litters there. If she litters on the cement, do not say anything--clean it up!

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    I would fasten the female to yourself, such as your belt. She will have to go everywhere with you in the house. Then every hour, go out to the sandy area and tell her to 'go potty.' Say it repeatedly until she uses the loo. You might have to wait a while! Use a clicker/praise and treat when she does her business where you want. Give the treat within 2 seconds of her finishing up. Keep this up for a week, then give her a bit of freedom and see if she chooses the sandy area over concrete. Watch her like a hawk. Sandy area gets praise. If she starts going on the concrete, clap your hands, approach her, shout NO and lead her onto the sandy area.

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    Re: Litter Retraining for Adult Dog

    Welcome fellow Samoyed owner! I have three Sams right now.

    The most important part of retraining her will be going out with her on leash and teaching her where to go.

    There are some things you can do to make the cement areas undesirable. First clean the cement really well with something strong. Get something from the home improvement store. There are some sprays with smells the dog's don't like that you could apply. Google dog repellents. I've heard that sprinkling cayenne pepper can make a dog avoid an area. Another approach would be to feed her on the cement. If she gets used to eating in a certain area, she won't want to go there because they have an instinct not to mess where they eat. Feed for a few days in one spot, then move to another.

    I don't think those methods are going to work on their own though. You will need to go out with her and encourage her to go in the correct place for a while. But they may help her not fall back into her old habits. Good luck!

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    Re: Litter Retraining for Adult Dog

    Thank You for the replies you guys. I shall try the methods you've mentioned. Hopefully with a little persistence things should work out well

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