Puppy Toilet Training
How do I train my puppy to go to the toilet outside?
- Set an alarm clock. During the early stages of training, set a timer on your phone or an alarm to remind you to take your puppy or adult dog out every 1-2 hours. …
- Use a lead or tether. …
- Introduce a cue word. …
- Select just one spot in the yard for toileting. …
Watch for sniffing, squatting, circling or tail out straight — and take the dog out immediately.
If the dog begins to poop/pee inside: Immediately interrupt him by clapping and saying “Ah ah!” Get the dog outside as soon as possible (carry him whenever possible and put the leash on the dog as you head to the door).
- Bring your dog to the door and wait for him to do anything with the bells. …
- As soon as your dog looks at, sniffs, whatever, the bells, mark the behavior with your clicker or a word like “yes” or “good” and then reward him by opening the door and letting him outside.
Having bells on the door is one of the easiest and best ways to teach a dog to alert when he needs out because it’s a completely separate behavior from anything else your dog does, it’s a unique sound and you can hear it anywhere in the house so you won’t miss your dog’s request.
Once your dog knows to run to the bells and ring it on his own, he may take advantage of it at first by going over there every few minutes or every hour, etc.
At first, this is okay! You want your dog to understand that ringing the bells means go outside – so go ahead and praise him and let him out.
When you dog has it “down cold,” you can start distinguishing between ringing the bells to go potty and just wanting out to play.
Make sure that when he does it at potty time (this is why your schedule is so important) you make a huge a deal – lots of praise, treats, etc. when he goes potty.
If he rings it and just goes in the backyard, say nothing and just take him back inside. He will learn the real reward is when he rings the bell to go potty.
How to toilet train my puppy in a house?
- Set regular feeding times for your puppy and keep an eye on when they drink water.
- Every 30 minutes to 1 hour take your puppy outside. Also take them outside immediately after eating and playing.
- Place them in the designated toilet spot, point to the area and say ‘go to toilet’ (or your chosen toilet command phrase).
- Do not play with your puppy or give them any attention whilst you are outside. At the moment you want them to learn that only one thing happens in this circumstance.
- Straight after they have peed or pooped praise them by saying good boy/girl in an appreciative tone and perhaps give them a treat. Be careful not to over feed them.
- Once they have been praised bring them back inside.
- Every 30 minutes to 1 hour is a rough estimate, your puppy may need to go more or less frequently.
- Keep an eye out for signals that they need to go.
- This includes circling, sniffing and wandering out of sight.
- Remember to clean up your puppy’s poops regularly to keep your garden clean. You do not need to leave them there to encourage your puppy to eliminate in the garden.
- If you catch your puppy in the act say ‘No’ sternly and then take them outside to their designated spot. They may or may not have finished toileting but it will reinforce that this is where they should be doing their business.
- You may wish to put down a puppy pad secured in a puppy pad holder near the outside door during training however it is best to monitor your puppy and take them outside since that is eventually where you want them to do their business.
- Allowing them to go both outdoors and indoors could confuse them.
Puppy toilet training in a home without a garden
Toilet training a puppy in an apartment or a home without a garden poses a set of different challenges.
After all, you don’t have a patch of grass outside your door… Say hello to your new best friend – the indoor doggy toilet!
Despite the name, it is suitable for indoor and outdoor use so it can fit neatly somewhere in your home or on a balcony/courtyard.