Toilet training is one of the tricky hurdles to go through when you bring a new puppy into your home.
You have picked out the perfect pup, got a bed, bowl and new collar and lead. Introducing them into your house is just the start.
A pup is so small and their bladder is tiny, they have a quicker metabolism so they need to toilet more often. They also can not hold on as long as an adult dog, so when they need to go, they need to go. The young pup does not yet understand what is expected from them and you have to teach them this.
Training your puppy to go to the toilet in the correct place takes time, repetition and patience.
Firstly you need to pick an area where you are happy for your pup to toilet. Usually this is out on the grass in the backyard. You need to take your pup to this area frequently. In young pups this usually has to be every 2-3 hours. It is important to take them to the toilet after they have woken up from a sleep, after they have eaten and after they have had a play. Keep an eye on what they are doing and if they have not gone for a while it’s a good idea to take them out. When they go make sure to tell them how good they are and give them a pat or a treat.
Using a cue word like ‘toilet’ or ‘wees’ also assists the pup in recognising the appropriate time.
It is important not to get your pup in trouble if they toilet inside. Positive reinforcement works much better than negative reinforcement. If an accident does occur inside- which it will, just clean they area without a fuss.
Each pup learns things at their own pace. The most important thing to remember is to stay consistent and patient!