Ask Alecia: My Dog Won’t Potty for My Husband!

Dear Alecia,

We have a male 4-year-old Jack Russell-poodle that we have had for one year. We adopted him from a family that was moving out of state, and couldn’t take him with.

Ever since we have had him, he will not go pee for my husband. I thought at first my husband was exaggerating, just not wanting to take the dog out. But sure enough, Ollie WILL NOT go for him or any other male human.

We have a fenced in dog run for Ollie to go potty in. He goes just fine for me, my daughter any other female…just not any male. If in fact my husband is outside, Ollie won’t even go in his dog run.

This is a very frustrating problem, as I cannot always be the one to take him out. Do you have any ideas why he would have this type of behavior, or what we can do to modify it? –Julia

Dear Julia, I see how frustrating that can be. Here is what I would suggest:

    • Take Ollie outside on a leash with you and have your husband come along and bring his favorite treats with you. Walk him around first and let him go to the bathroom with you, when he does give him a treat.
    • Next bring your husband with you but you hold onto Ollie’s leash just let him go along with you. When Ollie is walking with you both have your husband give him a treat. Walk around again and when it feels right let you husband take the leash, while you are both walking around with him and he’s happy give him a treat and tell him what a good boy he is.
    • Then give your husband the leash and let him walk Ollie with you coming along and keep up the treats when he is responding favorably. Don’t worry this first time about Ollie going the bathroom we just want a positive experience with him and your husband.
    • Then have your daughter do the same and continue doing so for a few days without worrying about him going to the bathroom. On the third or fourth day let your husband take him out on a walk when he has not gone to the bathroom and let’s see what happens.

Paws Up! Alecia

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Alecia Evans is the inventor of The Walk In Sync™ Humane Dog Walking and Training System with her exclusive 5 Minute Manners Makeovers using the Walk In Sync™ Harness and Accu-Grip Leash, along with her Walk In Sync™ 3 Easy Steps to teach any human/dog duos to Walk In Sync in just minutes.

The former host of the award-winning GrassRoots Aspen TV Series, The Whole Animal-An Alternative Approach to Animal Care, Alecia takes a natural approach to dog training and health care. Her work has been featured on Fox and Friends, The Sandra Glosser Show, NY 1, and in Aspen Magazine,, The New York Daily News and Woof Report.

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