Housetraining your Boston Terrier doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process. With the right command and consistent training, you can teach your Boston terrier the “handle your business” command quickly and effectively.
This step-by-step guide will provide detailed instructions on how to do just that.
How To Teach Your Boston To Poop On Command
Why should you teach your Boston Terrier the “handle your business” command?
There are a few reasons why you might want to teach your Boston Terrier this command. For one, it can make housetraining a lot easier – you can simply tell your Boston to go potty whenever he needs to relieve himself. Secondly, it can help keep your home clean – with a well-trained Boston Terrier, you won’t have to worry about him leaving piles of poop all over the house or yard, the poop will be where you ask them to put it. Lastly, teaching your Boston this command can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your pup.
How long will it take to teach your Boston to poop on command?
It takes, on average, 12+ tries before a Boston is going to pick up on a new command. However, the “handle your business” command might take several weeks. With Bella, I used to just say go potty, and after so long of doing this, she knew what to do. I did this unintentionally, so I can’t recall how many attempts it took for her to get it.
As far as it taking 12+ times to learn a new command for a Boston, these findings came from a poll conducted on the Boston Terrier Society’s Twitter community. With over 60+ Boston Parents responding, the majority state it takes their Boston 12+ attempts before they learn a new command.
See the poll here…I may have spelled try funny, but the information is all the same 🙂
How do you know when your Boston Terrier wants to poop?
There are several signs your Boston Terrier wants to poop. One of the most obvious is when he starts sniffing around or circling. If your Boston starts whining or scratching at the door, he’s probably trying to tell you he needs to go potty. You may also see some mucus on his tail – this is a good indicator that he has to go number two.
Now that you know the signs your Boston Terrier wants to poop, it’s time to start teaching him the “handle your business” command.
How should you reward your Boston Terrier for going potty?
There are a few ways you can reward your Boston Terrier for going potty. One way is to give him a treat – this will help him associate the act of going potty with something positive. You can also give your Boston Terrier a pat on the head or a hug, or verbally praise him for doing a good job. Whatever reward you choose, be sure to consistently give it to your Boston every time he goes potty in the right spot.
Things not to do when teaching your Boston Terrier the “handle your business” command?
Do not yell at your Boston Terrier if he goes potty in the wrong spot – this will only confuse him and make it harder for him to learn the command.
Do not scold your Boston Terrier if he doesn’t go potty when you ask him to – again, this will only confuse him and make it harder for him to learn the command.
Be patient and consistent with your training, and your Boston Terrier will eventually learn how to poop on command.
Step By Step – Teaching Your Boston The “Handle Your Business” Command
Here is how to teach your Boston Terrier to potty on command step by step.
Step 1: Prepare a Training Area
Before you begin training, it’s important to designate a specific area in your home or yard for your Boston Terrier to use as their bathroom. This area should be a safe place where they can go without distractions.
Step 2: Choose a Cue Word
Once you have designated an area for housetraining, it’s time to choose a cue word or phrase that will let your Boston Terrier know when it is time for them to go outside or use their designated potty spot.
For example, you might say “handle your business,” “go pee-pee,” or “go potty.” Whichever word or phrase you choose, be sure that everyone in the house uses the same one so that there is consistency in communication with your Boston.
Step 3: Supervise Potty Breaks
When teaching your Boston Terrier how to use the bathroom outdoors, it’s important that you are present during each potty break and offer verbal praise when they use the correct area.
Consistent supervision is key here—being present will help ensure that your Boston learns quickly and effectively what areas are acceptable for going potty and which ones are off limits (i.e., inside). The more often they practice this skill, the faster they will learn it!
Step 4: Clean Up Accidents Quickly
Accidents happen, but when they do, it’s important that you clean them up quickly and thoroughly so that there are no lingering smells in the house from previous mistakes. If there is no scent of urine present, then your pet won’t feel compelled to mark their territory again in the same spot—which means fewer messes for you!
Step 5: Reward Good Behavior
Rewards can be incredibly effective motivators when teaching new skills like housetraining. Every time your Boston successfully completes their business outdoors, give them lots of verbal praise and maybe even a treat!
This will help reinforce good behaviors and create positive associations with using the bathroom outdoors instead of indoors.
Housebreaking any pet can seem like an intimidating task at first, but with patience and consistent training, it doesn’t have to be too difficult—especially with Boston Terriers who tend to learn quickly!
By following these five steps above—preparing an appropriate area for potty breaks; choosing a cue word; supervising each break; cleaning up accidents quickly; and rewarding good behavior—you should be able to teach your pup how to handle their business outdoors in no time at all!
If you want to learn more commands and tricks you can teach your Boston Terrier, be sure to visit our article, 49 Commands And Tricks You Can Teach Your Boston!