Puppy toilet training
Why does your puppy go to the toilet inside?
- They have a full bladder that they cant control. It can take months for a pup depending on breed to be able to fully control their bladder.
- Your pup has not learnt the best place to go to the toilet yet
- Submissive urination. When allowing your pup to greet someone/another dog take a potty break before. You should try your best to ignore this urination.
- Excitement. If something exciting is happening! Potty break before.
How to toilet train:
There are lots of fancy methods to toilet train however I think we can all agree that with most things in life simplicity is better.. To toilet train your pup take them outside before they think about needing the toilet! When they wake up, before and after playing, before and after eating. You cannot take them outside too many time when they are younger than 4/5 months old.
To show them where to pee/poo you have to show them where the most exciting place is. The place that will result in a 'puppy party' full of rewards and excitement and attention. Whilst waiting for them to toilet it is important to try your best to not interact, let them figure out they need to toilet for themselves. They will go eventually - your rain coat may get plenty of use during this stage in their lives.
When they go to the toilet - puppy party! Eventually their natural instincts to toilet where they toilet every day will kick in. It can take up to six months for this to be solid so be patient and constant with your toileting routine.
We like to keep it short and sweet with these blog posts, so here's some handy tips to go alongside.
Choose a confined area to be a ‘training area’. This is a safe space where you can monitor a young puppy. This should be used as a extention of ‘crate training’. The pup should eat and sleep in this area.
The secret to toilet training a pup is to take them outside before they think about needing the toilet - as soon as they wake up, before and after playing.
Regulated feeding and walking times will help keep their digestive system routine consistent.
After a few weeks the training area can expand until whole rooms are accessible.
When the pup is past this stage toilet training relies on consistency and habit
Enzymatic cleaner is a special type of cleaner containing cleaning power to break down urine/facaes. This means any trace of a accident is gone! Dogs will often have accidents in the same place over and over again if they are still able to smell leftovers from the previous accident. You could use alteratives such a vingear but this can often leave a strange smell that can still encourage accidents. Leaving no smell is the best bet.
Limit access your pups access to surfaces to just hard floor until they have learnt the best place to go is grass.
Use a silent vibration alarm to remind you to take your puppy out to toilet every hour, or even every half an hour if they are playing or interacting. Dont use a sound alarm as this may give them cues they are about to toilet, you may find that they begin going to the toilet on the alarm! (Thanks power of assosication..)
Adult toilet training
Natural canine habit is to soil on grass or dirt. Depending on what you are training your dog for you can choose the preferred surface. e.g. assistance dogs in training may be trained to only go on grass. For most dogs it may be a good choice to introduce a variety of surfaces for easy toileting.
Dogs have a natural instinct to toilet away from where they sleep and eat which makes puppy toilet training fairly simple. A case of an older dog may be a little challenging as they do not share this instinct.
If you’re reading this with a adult dog who cant conquer toilet training - drop me a message to get to the bottom of this.
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