Basic house training for your new puppy

Toilet training your new puppy should be fairly easy to do as long as a good routine is set up from the start. As young animals, their toilet habits tend to be predictable so working around their needs should be straightforward. If you have a new puppy in your family and need some guidance on how to train them, then take a look at some of the steps below:

  • Your puppy will need to urinate as soon as they wake up so be sure to take them to the toilet straight away.
  • Eating stimulates digestion so puppies tend to need the toilet about fifteen minutes after they eat. They may also need the toilet about half an hour after they eat too in order to empty their bowels.
  • Puppies tend to have poor bladder control so will need to urinate every hour or two.
  • When puppies get excited they can have accidents so make sure when active they're regularly using the toilet.
  • Using key words for different activities will help your puppy understand commands eg when using the toilet repeat words like ‘wee wee’ or ‘poo poo’.
  • Always go into the garden with your puppy to reward them for using the toilet correctly – dogs are creatures of habit so once the garden is defined to them as being the toilet, they'll always remember that’s where they need to go to relieve themselves.

Common mistakes owners make when training their puppy

There are many reasons toilet training can be difficult and here’s why:

  • Feeding your puppy unsuitable foods or a varied diet.
  • Over-feeding.
  • Not feeding at regular times.
  • Feeding too late at night.
  • Punishing your puppy for indoor accidents – this can create insecurities making them too scared to use the toilet in front of you.
  • Feeding them salty foods.
  • Using ammonia based cleaning products can stimulate your puppy to urinate.
  • Waiting for a puppy to tell you when it needs to use the bathroom – it's more realistic to take them to the toilet regularly.
  • Leaving your puppy on it's own for too long can force it to relieve itself indoors.
  • Mistakenly using words like ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ when they use the bathroom instead of the key words stated above, by doing this you associate going to the toilet with good behaviour, so next time you praise your pooch they may think you want them to use the bathroom.
  • Laziness on the owners part – this will result in more toilet activity indoors than outdoors.
  • Overwhelming greetings can excite you pooch too much causing them to urinate. If this happens take them straight to the toilet before greeting them and tone down your greeting so they're not as excited.

Teaching your puppy to use the toilet on walks

Owners tend to become disappointed when their puppy doesn’t use the toilet on a walk, but this is due to them only being used to relieving themselves at home in the garden. As dogs are creatures of habit, an additional habit needs to be created. So if you have some spare time one morning, take your puppy out for a walk before it's morning wee and make sure they're forced to relieve themselves before heading home – also make sure you use the key words associated with using the toilet.

If your puppy is determined it will only use the garden, as soon as you get home take them straight to the toilet or you may end up with an accident indoors.

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