July 8

Puppy toilet training


Generally, dogs are very clean animals – they won’t soil close to where they eat, or where they sleep. But living in a house is unnatural for an animal whose natural instincts is to roam wherever it wants to go, so you will have to help it learn where and when she can relieve himself.

It is essential that you form good toilet habits for your dog via puppy toilet training as early on as possible.  Trying to break the habit of a dog is quite difficult and it can be very frustrating.  You need to use guidance and encouragement to help the pet.  Animal behaviorists have some helpful tips that you can use to help with the housebreaking of your pet.

Believe it or not, dogs are sanitary creatures.  If a dog does soil accidentally in the wrong place, it is likely that it will be far from his dog dish, at least six to ten feet.  This is true for the place where the dog sleeps as well.  But, unless you find a good place for him to go and train him in that manner, the rest of your house is okay to them.

Another useful thing to help housebreak your puppy and supplement your puppy toilet training regiment would be the usage of crates. Crates, when properly covered up, mimic a dog’s natural ‘cave’ that they would use in the wild for shelter, and thus will help the dog set boundaries on where it can poop or pee during the training period.

The process for puppy toilet training is the same regardless of whether he is a puppy or an adult dog new to your home.  You’ll need to take him outside every few hours and also 30 minutes after he eats.

Take your pet to the designated bathroom spot. Stay with the pet until he goes, and then praise him when he does.  If he does not go, bring him back inside and try again in fifteen minutes.

Watch your dog.  If the dog starts sniffing and circling take them out right away as this is a sign that she is about to go.  Pay attention to the signs and take him out.  Soon, she will relate to going outside to going to the bathroom.

Some dogs are housebroken much faster than others.  Some dog’s personality will cause him to adopt the puppy toilet training regiment faster, while some, slower.  But if you take him outside at the right time, it will go smoother.

A puppy of less than four months old will need to go out during the night.  Older puppies can hold it a little longer.  A dog that cries to be let out has an urgent need.

Get up and take him out, he needs every chance to succeed that he can get.  Positive reinforcement is necessary for success in any puppy toilet training method – see Doggie Dan’s training routines for more information.

How you treat accidents during the puppy toilet training will affect your dog’s overall learning curve.  If you catch your dog going in the puppy toilet training act, distract him with a clap or call his name.  Take him outside calmly at that time and praise him for finishing outside.  Clean up any accident that you find on the floor.  If the dog approaches during this time, ignore him.  Don’t talk to or punish him at this point.  The worst thing that you can do is to yell at him or physically punish him.  This will cause him to fear you and to not bond as well to you.  She won’t connect it to the accident at all.  Ignoring him would be the best course of action here.

Also, a very important fact to remember – If you want to let your puppy out, make sure its under your (or someone’s) supervision at all times!

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Frank Harrigan

Frank loves tacos and dogs - the good, bad and ugly sides of dog ownership.

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  1. The most important part of house training is making sure that your puppy does not have any time that they are unsupervised when out of their crate. If you cannot watch your puppy we recommend using an appropriately sized crate to help keep them safe and prevent them from having unwanted accidents.

  2. I agree.

    When I had my dog as a puppy I made sure someone was always in the house to keep an eye on him when walking around outside his crate!

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