A guide to toilet training your puppy

When and how to start

It is best to begin toilet training your puppy as soon as you bring them home. It’s important to remember that it will take time and no two puppies are the same. When toilet training a puppy there are three key factors to consider: repetition, routine and recognition. Choose some simple words that you will use to communicate with your puppy each time as this will help them to know when it’s time to go to the toilet. Keep the same routine each time you take your puppy to the toilet and try to use the same area either in the house on a puppy mat, or in the backyard. Show recognition and praise to your puppy when they successfully complete a toilet trip.

Look out for warning signs

It’s important to be aware of the common warning signs that your puppy may show when they need to use the toilet. Sniffing, whinging and pacing can be an indication that your puppy needs to go. Becoming aware of these signs can eliminate accidents. At the start, your puppy may go more frequently as they may be nervous due to changes in their environment. Setting a timer every hour is recommended for puppies.

Routine is key

It can also be a great way to get your puppy into a routine of going to the toilet. Be sure to have a routine of when you’re feeding them as this will also impact when they need to go. When taking your puppy to their designated toilet area its important that you do not turn that into play time. Playing with your puppy in that time can distract them and may stall the process. Remember you are trying to teach your puppy a habit, so what you teach them now, they will begin to remember.

How to deal with accidents during puppy toilet training?

Accidents will happen! Each puppy will more than likely experience a few accidents, but that’s okay. Be sure to stay calm and not inflict anger onto your dog. This can scare your dog, which may lead them to not wanting to go to the toilet in front of you. Be sure to use a cheerful and happy voice if you notice your puppy about to have accident. Quickly lead them to their toilet area, then praise them for going. When cleaning up accidents inside be sure to use an ammonia-based cleaner, as this will help to eliminate the odor of urine. If your puppy can smell urine, it can influence them to go again in that same area.

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