Whether or not your puppy will be successful at toilet training is almost completely up to you. Let’s discuss a few puppy toilet training tips that will certainly help like taking your puppy outside often, showing your puppy where to pee and what not to do when toilet training a puppy. I’ll also refer you to a free, step-by-step puppy toilet training tutorial from Professional Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan!
Take Your Puppy Outside OFTEN
When a puppy needs to pee, they pee! It’s up to YOU to get them outside often enough so that they can relieve themselves before they pee inside. At a very young age, eight weeks or so, a puppy’s bladder is very small, and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So, you must be vigilant. After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds (yes, you read that right) so always take them straight outside after they eat. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, as their bowels will start to move as soon as they begin walking around. And of course, take them outside last thing at night.
Show Your Puppy Where to Pee
The best way to show your puppy where you want them to toilet is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out often, then praise them when they go where you want them to. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this: if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will figure out very quickly that whenever he pees in the grass, he gets CHEESE!
Choose a word or phrase that everyone in the house sticks to such as, “go potty” or “go pee-pee” so the puppy can begin to learn what it means. If your puppy does not go, then be aware that they may still need to relieve themselves soon and restrict their movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until they are taken outside and definitely toilet.
What NOT To Do When Toilet Training a Puppy
You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach them a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a human’s and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time, such as behind the couch! This can also result in your puppy eating poop his whole life. Please just don’t do it.
There are lots more puppy toilet training tips and tricks that you will help you, but these are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to solve any puppy issue by watching Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, Doggy Dan, actually train puppies in step-by-step videos.
Doggy Dan has a complete puppy toilet training program called, “Potty Training Made Easy.” In it, he’ll teach you step-by-step how to toilet train your puppy quickly, and the right way. Here’s what you’ll learn:
1. How to set the perfect potty routing that goes along with YOUR schedule.
2. How to motivate your puppy to “go” every time you take them outside.
3. How to ensure complete success through the night.
4. How to get your puppy to go in one place that YOU choose.
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For more tips on toilet training a puppy, read my article, Puppy Toilet Training Problems.