How to Toilet Train Your Puppy
Toilet training is one of the most common challenges you’ll face when adopting your new furry family member.
Whether your beloved do is a puppy or an adult, there will no doubt be some accidents and therefore some messes to clean up.
Unfortunately, whilst in theory in sounds quite simple, training your dog to go to the toilet outside can prove very much to be a lengthy and frustrating process. Here are some guidelines:
- During toilet training, keep your puppy with you at all times.
- Use appropriate and motivating rewards for toileting outside. These are used as treat and should be kept with you at all times to make sure you reward your dog for good behaviour within seconds.
- Take your puppy outside every hour. The key to success is repetition and consistency. The more rewarding you give for good behaviour, the quicker your puppy with understand and they more he will want to please.
- Avoid punishment at all costs. Punishing your puppy after an accident will not teach him anything, rather it will diminish his confidence and fear you. If an accident does occur, try to take your puppy out more.
How Do I Know My Puppy Needs to go to the Toilet?
Puppies need to go to the toilet more regularly than their adult counterparts. They don’t have an instinct to hold on as well as the fact that they have smaller bladders.
Some early warning signs that your dog may need the toilet are circling and sniffing the ground. It is much easier to realise your dog needs the toilet if you are watching more closely, or if your dog is on already at all times whilst toilet training.
To conclude, reward your puppy! This will motivate your dog. While dogs do learn and respond to praise, for toilet training purposes, it is important to go all out! You will need to reward within seconds of your pet going to the toilet in the appropriate spot, this will help them connect the dots quicker.