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How do I toilet train/house train my puppy?

4th October 2018

Toilet/House training your puppy?

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Toilet/house training a puppy is one of the most important training tasks in those early days at home. This can be a simple process, albeit time consuming, if you do it right. You need to be consistent and persistent with your toilet training.

In our puppy training classes in Southampton, ‘how do I toilet/house train my puppy?’  is a commonly asked question.

A puppy that wees in the house constantly creates a health hazard as well as the unpleasant and tiring aspect of having to clean it up. It is so important to start toilet/house training puppy from day 1.

Don’t train puppy to wee in the house!

Should you use puppy pads? NO! Please, please don’t teach your puppy to wee in the house. Why would you want to do that? Maybe puppy pads have a place as an emergency toilet area in pups crate but that’s it.

If you live in a flat or a home with no accessible garden create a ‘toilet box’ filled with earth, sand or better still a roll of turf.

Dogs & puppies are very happy to live in our world & do the things that suit us as humans but you need to train your puppy what those things are.

Going to the toilet in the garden is no different. Puppy needs to be taught this is what you want him/her to do. Help your puppy. Be consistent with your toilet training.

Commit to toilet/house training your puppy

Commitment is needed. Going out into the garden, regardless of the weather, in order to successfully house/toilet train pup. Dogs & puppies learn by patterns & habits. This is the time to create the habit of going to the toilet in the garden.

So here’s how toilet/house training your puppy will work

1. Choose your ‘toilet’ spot in the gardentoilet/house train your puppy
2. Take pup out to the spot every hour where possible as well as the         following times:
 Once pup has eaten or had a drink
 After play
 When excited
 Immediately on waking
3. Monitor your pup – look for the signs that they need to wee.
4. Don’t react if accidents occur in the house, simply remove pup, clean it up and deodorise the spot.

5. When in the act of urinating or defecating, use a word that you would like to become the command for this act.
6. Praise and and reward immediately when pup has finished. You need to be on the spot.

It is no good waiting indoors and rewarding pup when he gets back in.

7. If pup doesn’t go, after a short while, take him back in, but don’t allow him to have free run of the house. Confine him, in a crate if you are using one and try again 5 or 10 minutes later. Repeat until pup toilets in the garden.

You need to create the habit in your dog’s head,

‘When I need a wee or a poo I go outside in the garden.’

Puppy needs to learn that outside is where it should happen so try not to allow any accidents in the house by following the above. Don’t expect pup to understand he should go to toilet outside even if the door is open.
Not all dogs will learn at the same speed so be patient but if you follow the guidelines above pup should be starting to get the idea within a few days.

Keep up the training at this time. Don’t think the job is done. Your pup needs support with this for some time to come and it will be a while before he learns to ‘ask’ to go out.

If you need help in the Southampton area with toilet training we can provide a home visit. Just get in touch.

Call us on 02381 782170 or 07714 769260

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