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Toilet training for puppies: basic tips & techniques

Toilet training ( your puppy should be quite a simple process, as long as you make an effort and trouble to get into a good program.
Initially, you will need to build your routine around your puppy's needs, and these are reliably predictable when they are very young. Puppies need to urinate soon after waking up, and that means you have to be there to consider your puppy directly into the garden without any delay.
Eating its meal stimulates its digestive tract, and puppies normally urinate within quarter-hour of eating, and defecate within half an hour of eating (although this might vary slightly with every individual).
Puppies have very poor bladder control, and need to urinate at least every hour or two. They are able to urinate spontaneously when they get excited, so take your pup out frequently if it has been active, playing or discovering.
You might find it useful to keep a record of when your pup eats sleeps, urinates and defecates. A simple diary list can do. Repeat cue words like 'wee wees' and 'poo poos' or 'be busy' and 'be clean' as the puppy is actually urinating or defecating. Use different words for each action so you will be able to prompt the puppy later on.

Always go with your puppy in to the garden so you is there to incentive and attach the cue words to the successful activities! Fortunately, puppies are creatures of habit, in order long as you bring in the garden to your puppy as its toilet area in early stages, you ought to be in a position to avoid most of the common pitfalls.
How to toilet teach your puppy: common errors
Unfortunately there are multiple reasons why 'toilet training' might not go as efficiently as it might, so be sure you do not make any of the following mistakes:
- Over-feeding.
- Feeding an unsuitable diet or giving a number of foods. Not nourishing at regular times. Nourishing at the wrong times (which could cause right away defecation).
- Punishing the puppy for its indoor accidents (which will make it worried of toileting in front of you - even outdoors).
- Feeding salty foods (e.g. stock from cubes) making them drink more.
- Using ammonia based cleaning compounds (which smell much like urine).
- Expecting the pup to let you know when it needs to go out; this is unrealistic, so it is way better to get them at regular intervals.
- Leaving the trunk door open for the pup to come and go as it pleases (a puppy will believe the garden is an experience playground, rather than toilet area. Also, exactly what is a pup designed to do when the weather gets cold, which is faced with a closed back again door?).
- Leaving the pup alone too long, such that it is forced to go indoors (which models an undesirable precedent, or perhaps a habit of heading indoors).
- Mistakenly associating what 'good woman' or 'good young man' when they toilet, as opposed to the specific cue words. Guess what could happen next time you praise your dog?
- Usage of rugs or carpet (that are nice and absorbent - exactly like lawn).
- Laziness on your part, resulting in more wees indoors than outside.
- Leaving the puppy alone in the garden, so you aren't there to incentive it for going outdoors� how could it be meant to learn that it's more popular and advantageous going outside, if you are not there to show your approval?
- Submissive or excited urination on greeting (if this occurs, take your pup outside before you greet it and build down your greeting so that it is less exciting or overwhelming).
- It is unfair to expect your puppy to visit right through the night time when it is very young.
- Sleeping the puppy in a crate or puppy pen can help with house training but you should let it out in the garden to alleviate itself during the night.

How to teach your pup to toilet out on a walk

Many owners appear disappointed that their young puppy will not toilet when from a walk, yet relieves itself the second it gets back. It is because the puppy has been taught to toilet only at home (hopefully in its garden), and being creatures of habit, they often wait around until they have came back home before evacuating their bladder and/ or bowels.
To break this habit, you will have to get right up very early one morning hours (when you have plenty of time), and get your pup out on a walk before it has already established its morning hours wee. You ought not take it home until it's been forced to go out of desperation. If however, you don't succeed, and your puppy has not toileted, then take it immediately into the garden on your return, or you risk it relieving itself indoors.

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