Originally Posted by JimR
My thought on this subject goes like this. I can't train myself nor my two female dogs to not pee or poop. How can someone possibly train a horse not to poop or eat grass.
while i can't train you Jim, i can and have trained dogs to pee/poop on command.
hubby's male lab (now deceased) was trained (by me) from 7 wks old, when and where to pee/poop. this was done by, repetitiously,
taking him to the same spot everytime and told "Go pee/poop" then after doing so, "Good pee/poop!!!!"
i took him to the vet one time and they needed urine/feces samples, so i took the necessary items outside with him and told him his commands. they all (vet/techs) stood there kinda laughing at me. he immediately went to do his business and i "caught" his samples in the cups that they had given me. they couldn't believe it and said they had never seen anything like it. he never failed to do his business on command. hubby liked to brag about how well trained his dog was, and would show anyone that would watch, just what he could do.
now i agree that it SHOULDN'T be taught to a horse, but i don't know why it COULDN'T be. after all, they are repetitious animals and will learn anything, eventually, if done often enough.