As hard as I try and no matter how nice I've made the cute little patio area at the townhouse we're staying in, with lots of plants and highly desirable 'dog type' attractions, I just can't convince my two little dogs to use that spot to do their business. I have tried 'waiting them out', standing out on the patio with them for over an hour- treats in hand to give out as soon as the desired behavior is achieved. Heck, I've even left them out there and closed the curtain on their sad little faces at the window.
They would much rather get all leashed up to take a walk. And that's a bit time consuming and frustrating, as it needs to be done several times a day. And it's also a bit confusing, as these guys have had no trouble using whatever spot I have designated in many different places we have stayed in the past.
Maybe it has something to do with THIS, being 100 yards from our front door:
A small patio holds nothing in comparison to a walk around the lake. I think I'm OK with the dogs having trained me to do this several times a day!