It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, toilet training a puppy is not something that happens instantly. It requires patience, consistency and understanding, and it is something you should start working on as soon as you bring your pup home, and be continued until the training is complete.
Puppies are, well, puppies, and naturally don’t understand that accidents on the carpet are frowned upon! To make the training process easier, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you along the way, and to help make the (sometimes disgusting) process easier.
Put newspaper or training pads down:
This is a great method to use when training your puppy. Place newspaper or training pads all over the floor of the room the puppy is predominantly in — which works great if you’re keeping the pup in the laundry or a confined space overnight or when you go out! Slowly reduce the amount of newspaper/pads, until there’s only a small corner covered. Then, slowly move the last piece of newspaper/pads further and further towards the door and eventually outside. Once the puppy understands this is the spot to use, take the paper away.
Take them outside regularly:
This means after meals and drinking, as soon as they wake up and every few hours in between. “When I was a puppy Mum and Dad would take me out into the backyard lots of times a day, and give me lots of kisses, cuddles and treats when I went to the toilet on the grass! I quickly learnt that wee wee’s are for outside, and not inside on the carpet!” says Bentley the Newfoundland.
Watch out for the signs:
Even if you took your pup out 20 minutes ago, if he/she begins displaying the signs of needing to go, make sure you take them outside. The signs could be excessive sniffing, restlessness and anxiousness.
Don’t yell, but praise:
Try not to yell if your puppy slips up and has an accident inside. As they are only young, puppies can be very sensitive and may not understand what they did wrong. Puppies can become anxious, which is understandable as they’ve just moved to a completely new home and environment. Instead of scolding them excessively after accidents, try positive training by praising them and giving them cuddles and attention after they do the right thing and go to the toilet outside.
And what do the pooches Ollie and Oscar have to say?
“Hi Ollie and Oscar here! For our paw-rents, toilet training us was a nightmare until they figured out the secret. Treats! Lots and lots of treats and positive reinforcement. Humans need to make sure they take us to the toilet frequently, we have little bladders you know. Also if we accidentally go in the wrong spot they shouldn’t yell at us, just move us to the correct spot and praise us when we do go. That was our secret!”
Do you have any top tips for toilet training your puppy? We’d love to know – share them in the comments below.