Toilet Training for Puppies

puppy training aid Toilet training or house training a puppy is important. Good dog breeders will start paper training puppies and take them outside at regular intervals. Young puppies have very small bladders and cannot control their urgency to urinate, particularly when excited.

In order to avoid puppy "accidents", take a young puppy out on the garden soon after he awakes, and after each meal. Puppies aged between 8 and 10 weeks would benefit from being taken onto the garden every two hours. When you come home after leaving the puppy for a couple of hours, do not talk to or fuss the dog, but take him out onto the grass straight away. Any attention can cause excitement, which makes it impossible for a puppy to control his bladder. Dogs prefer to urinate on grass, so if you do not have any grass in the garden, do consider creating a small grassed area for your puppy to use as his toilet area.

When your puppy wees on the garden, always say "good boy", so he knows he has done the right thing. As he wees, you can introduce a word or phrase for him to associate with weeing on the garden. "Be quick" and "hurry up" are examples. Once he has learned this word, watch for the puppy sniffing on the grass and say the command word.

As a general rule, puppies can hold their bladders 1 hour for each month of age. So at 8 weeks of age, they need to be taken outside every two hours. Remove the water bowl two and a half hours before bedtime, so that the puppy will not have to hold a full bladder overnight. If your puppy does wee or poo in the house, do not reprimand him in any way as this will only cause fear and confusion.

puppy crate House training a puppy may take several weeks. Crate Training can speed up the toilet training process.

    Puppy Toilet Training Tips
  1. Puppies can hold their bladders 1 hour for each month of age.
  2. Take your puppy on to grass after waking, eating and being left alone.
  3. Introduce a command word or phrase to encourage your puppy to wee.
  4. Praise your puppy when he gets it right and wees or poos where he should.
  5. Ignore your puppy if he has an "accident" and quietly clean up without making a fuss.
  6. Crate training can help with house training as dogs do not like to use their bed as a toilet.
  7. Dogs and puppies prefer to urinate on grass.
  8. When returning home, do not fuss the puppy until he has been taken outside for a wee.
  9. Look for signs that your puppy wants to wee or poo, including sniffing, circling and whining.
  10. Use a pet odour neutralising spray to discourage your puppy from repeat urination on previous accidents.