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Universal Commands - Poo

The "Poo" command. Use this command to encourage your dog to urinate or defecate.

Use in a place and at a time convenient for the situation you find yourself in to avoid the need arising at an inconvenient time - for example, when you are about to embark on a long car journey.

In Border Collie Rescue all verbal commands used are accompanied by hand signals which serve to emphasise and compliment the instruction.
This is of great benefit when training deaf dogs, dogs with learning difficulties and dogs with short attentions spans.

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Arm pointing downward towards the dog with index finger extended and moved in a clockwise circling motion from the wrist.
Can be used to encourage dog to urinate or defecate.

It is often useful to encourage a dog to wee or poo where and when you want it to rather than in a place and at a time of its choice.
Dogs will often pick favourite places to void themselves and on regular walks will often wait to get to the chosen location.

Sometimes time is short and the trigger is useful to speed up the required action.
In new, unfamiliar places, dogs, particularly males, may spend some time exploring before finding a spot that is 'just right'.

If you are travelling some distance and make a break to exercise and relieve the dog it is useful to have this command as a trigger to avoid prevarication and ensure the dog is comfortable for the rest of the journey.

The verbal and sign versions of this command can be taught by association. There are many daily opportunities to demonstrate this command. When the dog naturally chooses to void itself, add the verbal command to the action and include the hand signal.

Consistent application of the command and sign will soon form an association in the dogs mind.
Once the association is made, the use of the command and sign will act as a 'trigger' to stimulate the desired result.
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