How To Toilet Train a Dog or puppy

7 quick Tips for toilet training a puppy or dog

Manage and Supervise to avoid mistakes

Try to limit the opportunities your dog has to toilet in undesirable locations. Every time your dog goes in a certain place it increases the chances that they will go there again next time. You can help to prevent accidents in a number of ways including active supervision, crate training, limiting access to preferred surfaces and locations by providing an indoor toilet when your dog is unsupervised.

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Reward your dog for toileting in the right place

Set up a schedule appropriate for your dog’s age and toileting habits and take your dog to the place you would like them to toilet. Remember to adding toilet breaks immediately after eating, drinking, playing or waking from a nap.

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Once your dog has finished toileting,shower them with praise and them a reward. Be sure to wait until your dog has finished toileting to start your praise otherwise you may distract them before they are finished.


Avoid punishing your dog for toileting mistakes

While toilet training can be frustrating especially if it is not well, punishing your dog for toileting inside the house will more likely make the situation worse. Remember that dogs learn by associations.

A dog is far more likely to make this association that toileting in front of human equals punishment other than toileting in the house equals punishment. The association is strengthened when the dog inevitably toilets in the house when the owner isn’t watching and therefore no punishment.

Puppies and dogs with this history of toileting become stealth toileters. This means that they will avoid going in front of humans and wait until they get a moment alone to duck away and toilet.

Be aware of surface preference

Young puppies develop a preference for a surface to toilet on. Each time a dog toilets on a type of surface they are more likely to search for it again next time. This is why puppy pee pads can create issues with long time toilet training.

They teach puppies to look for soft cloth-like surfaces such as rugs, carpet, bedding and clothing. The best way to help your dog develop the correct surface preference is to take them to the real thing as much as you can. When that isn’t possible try to use something that mimics the texture of your goal surface like fake grass over the top of puppy pee pads.

The older your dog is the more ingrained the surface preference will be. You will have to be patient and persistent to change into a more appropriate choice.

Clean up soiled areas thoroughly

Be sure to use enzymatic cleaner. Your dog’s nose is far much more sensitive than yours and vinegar or bleach will not be sufficient.

Don’t stop toilet training too soon

A lot of dog owners stop toilet training because they mistakenly think the process has been completed prematurely. It can take weeks, months or even longer to fully toilet train a dog depending on their natural tendencies and how long they went before you started the process.

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If you are still having a problem, get a vet check

There are a multitude of medical problems that could cause issues with toileting. If your dog seems to be having more problems than usual it will be worth getting, then checked out with your veterinarian.

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