Toilet training for puppies: basic tips & techniques
Toilet training your puppy should be a significant simple process, so 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 extremely young. Puppies need to urinate immediately after waking up, which means you need to be there to consider your puppy directly into the garden with no delay.
Eating its meal stimulates its digestive tract, and puppies normally urinate within quarter-hour of eating, and defecate within around 30 minutes of eating (although this may differ slightly with every individual).
Puppies have very poor bladder control, and need to urinate at least every hour or two. They can urinate spontaneously when they get excited, so take your pup out frequently if it's been energetic, playing or exploring.
You might find it useful to keep a record of whenever your puppy eats sleeps, urinates and defecates. A straightforward diary list can do. Repeat cue words like 'wee wees' and 'poo poos' or 'be active' and 'be clean' as the puppy is actually urinating or defecating. Use different words for every action so that you can prompt the pup later on.
Always go with your puppy in to the garden which means you is there to prize and attach the cue words to the successful actions! Thankfully, puppies are creatures of habit, in order long as you present the garden to your pup as its toilet area in early stages, you ought to be able to avoid most of the common pitfalls.
How to toilet train your pup: common errors
However there are multiple reasons why 'toilet training' might not go as smoothly as it might, so make sure you do not make any of the following mistakes:
- Feeding an unsuitable diet or giving a number of foods. Not nourishing at regular times. Nourishing at the incorrect times (which could cause over night defecation).
- Punishing the puppy for its indoor accidents (which can make it scared of toileting before you - even outdoors).
- Feeding salty foods (e.g. stock from cubes) making them drink much more.
- Using ammonia structured cleaning substances (which smell much like urine).
- Expecting the pup to let you know when it needs to venture out; this is unrealistic, so it is way better to get them at regular intervals.
- Leaving the back door open for the pup to come and go as it pleases (a puppy will believe that the garden can be an experience playground, rather than toilet area. Also, what is a pup meant to do when the weather gets cold, which is faced with a closed back door?).
- Leaving the puppy on its own too long, so that it is pressured to go indoors (which units a bad precedent, or even a habit of going indoors).
- Mistakenly associating what 'good lady' or 'good son' when they toilet, instead of the specific cue words. Guess what could happen the next time you compliment your Cat Parents vs Dog Parents (darjeelingbazar.com
- Usage of rugs or carpet (that are nice and absorbent - exactly like grass).
- Laziness on your part, resulting in more wees indoors than outside.
- Leaving the puppy alone in your garden, so you aren't there to praise it for going outside� how could it be meant to learn that it's popular and advantageous going outdoors, if you are not there showing your approval?
- Submissive or thrilled urination on greeting (if this occurs, take your puppy outside before you greet it and tone down your greeting so it is less exciting or overwhelming).
- It is unfair to anticipate your puppy to go right through the night when it's 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 relieve itself at night time.
How to train your puppy 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 next it gets back. It is because the pup has been trained to toilet only at home (hopefully in its garden), and being creatures of habit, they often times wait 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 (when you have plenty of time), and get your pup from a walk before it has had its morning wee. You should not bring it home until it's been forced to go out of desperation. If however, you are unsuccessful, and your puppy dog hasn't toileted, then take it immediately in to the garden on your return, or you risk it relieving itself indoors.