One of the memories you’ll probably forever cherish is when you first brought your puppy home. It’s a life-changing experience as you welcome your new, little, furry family member home. Life changes, and there are a lot of changes to adjust to. As it grows, you’ll have to train it for many things, including toilet train. Puppies require training because they pee a lot. You don’t want to always clean after its mess, so it’s better to toilet train your puppy as soon as possible.
However, you need to know a few things, and this guide will take you through all the steps to follow and learn about while toilet training your puppy. Although you’ll get all the basics from this article, we recommend taking a puppy crate training course from SpiritDog Training.
When To Start Toilet Training Your puppy
The earlier, the better. Toilet training for your puppy should start from the time you bring it home. Giving your puppy a routine early enough helps make it easier to train them. They grow knowing what they’re supposed to do and where.
Different puppies will take different periods to learn. It can vary due to their age, how fast or slow they know, and their size. It takes a minimum of four months and a maximum of six months to toilet train puppies.
It only takes a matter of weeks before the puppy is thoroughly trained and others even a year for some people. Be patient as you train your puppy by working with its speed.
How To Know When Your Puppy Needs To Eliminate Waste
The usual signs that your dogs need to release themselves include barking, whining, circling, or even running towards the door and scratching it. When you see all these signs, quickly take your puppy outside. Also, immediately after your puppy wakes up, you should be around to take it outside because it will need to pee.
Normally, it would be easy if you keep up with your dog’s routine. How often it urinates or defecates daily, to see if the routine matches. In normal circumstances, a puppy will need to release itself at least 15 minutes after their meal.
Puppies don’t have sufficient bladder control. They’ll often urinate. After a meal, they might defecate after half an hour. Excitement also plays a part. If you’ve kept your puppy active, you have to take it out often.
Also, expect some distractions when you’re outside. The puppy might get too excited about being outdoors, and you might end up taking more time.
Items Needed To Toilet Train Your Puppy
You’ll require the following items for a house with a garden:
- Puppy toilet training pads
- Puppy pad holder
- A pooper scooper
- Stain and odor cleaner
- A puppy training crate
How to toilet train your puppy if you have a garden.
When taking your puppy outside to their toilet area, ensure you don’t carry it. They’ll be more confident in their surroundings, and walking also helps stimulate the bowels and bladder.
- Have particular feeding times for your puppy and take it out immediately after. Also, when they wake up.
- Allocate a toilet area in your garden. This makes it easy for it to spot where to go.
- Beware of all the signals mentioned earlier when your puppy needs to release itself and take it outside. You can take it in 30 minutes to an hour interval.
- If you’ve been very playful with your puppy, taking outside immediately after.
- Don’t cause distractions for your puppy while you’re out.
- Get some sort of reward and praise your puppy after they have released themselves.
- No matter how many mistakes your puppy makes, don’t punish it. Be patient with it and keep up with the routine until it learns.
If you don’t have a garden:
- Pet loo pee pods
- Dog poop bags
- Urine off cleaner
- A pet loo
- Pet loo cleaner
- A Puppy training crate
How to toilet train your puppy in a house without a garden.
If you don’t have a garden, you can still efficiently toilet train your puppy. It’s not super easy, but some alternatives work. The best alternative is the indoor pet loo. It’s not a very different process for the one with a house that has a garden.
- Be regular with the feeding schedule and take it immediately after taking it to their indoor toilet area.
- After a playful time with your puppy, please take it to the indoor doggy toilet and place it on top and command it to go.
- Avoid any sort of distractions towards your puppy while it’s releasing itself.
- Try and take the puppy every 30 minutes or every hour to their indoor toilet.
- Reward your puppy and praise it after it’s done.
- Keep the area clean; don’t leave the dog’s waste on the indoor doggy toilet.
Puppy Crate Training
This method of toilet training your puppy is very efficient. It’s especially very helpful for your puppy at night. It gives the puppy the same teaching it gets with the mother of not getting the sleeping area dirty. It confines them in a small area, and the puppy doesn’t get to roam around.
The crate is great since you can hear the dog if it needs to go. Also, if you don’t have a puppy crate, have the puppies enclosed in a different area. Also, try and set alarms to take the puppy to release itself until it learns.
What To Do When You’re Not Around
You should consider a few things if you’re going to leave your dog alone. The following tips will help:
- Don’t let your puppy move around freely when you aren’t around. An alternative can be to put the puppy in its crate.
- Have your puppy’s bed or blanket on the floor where you’ll put a puppy pad to help it train its bladder.
- Have your dog in one area when you aren’t around. Preferably an area that has a non-porous floor as there might be accidents.
- Leave some safe toys for your puppy and some water.
How To Deal With Accidents
Toilet training accidents will happen. You have to deal with them positively and not punish or shout at them. Clean the mess and if you find it on the act, slowly take it outside even if it’s not done.
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