In answer to that
first question - MAYBE - depends a great deal on your pup's age and
So what are the do's and don’ts in Potty Training Your Puppy?
House training your puppy is about consistency, patience, and positive
reinforcement. The goal is to instill good habits and build a loving
bond with your pet.
It can typically take 3-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained,
but some puppies may take up to a year. Your puppy's previous living
conditions can also influence the way he goes about his business. You
may find that you need to help your puppy break old habits in order to
establish more desirable ones.
But is there
anything worse first thing in the morning?
You open your eyes to see the sun shining in
and it's going to be
another lovely day to get things done, so you bound out of bed and as
you leave your bedroom you notice a horrible smell.
Alarm bells start to ring as you explore.
He's on his bed wagging his tail at you, pleased to see you, but he's
been rolling in his own poo, spreading it everywhere. That means
another big cleaning session before anything else is done and also puts
the kybosh on your wonderful day straight away, making you late for
everything you've planned.
Annoying isn't it? Why does he do it? Why is he so happy?
Gritting your teeth you take him outside to pee and within seconds of
coming back in he decides to continue with a little sprinkle all
over your new rug.
Aaggghh! Throat gripping time???
training a puppy or a dog should not take this long or be
so hard? You searched for tips for house training a puppy before
he came home with you, so you were prepared - or so you thought.
You bought a crate and training mats for the first few weeks as that
was recommended for house training a puppy while working away from
home, but it didn't seem to work. Perhaps he was too young?
But still it goes on. Every morning is the same. Get up - clean the
muck up - get him washed off - it's a nightmare. Not what you thought
it would be like at all...
Again you ask yourself "surely toilet training a puppy or a
dog should not take this long or be
You’re right. It
shouldn’t and it isn’t. The thing is this...
There’s no magic pills to sort this little problem out, but there are
lots of little tricks that will
turn your puppy’s toileting around and you are probably not using most
The crazy thing is that most people don’t do any of these things
because they have never been told exactly what to do. Nobody has ever
explained how important these little things are when you are toilet
training your puppy.
They are all really simple and common sense when you think about them.
So let me give you a couple of them and point you in the
right direction so you can get the idea and then I’ll
tell you about the most awesome toilet training resource that I found
for those of you who are interested.
1. First off - Stay
calm - Don't fly off the handle:
Firstly the thing that you have to accept is that you are responsible
for you're puppy's actions.
It's like training a young child or baby to use a potty. You can’t
them for not being toilet trained the moment they are born and taking
your frustrations out on
them is not the way to go.
Fine... It’s annoying, but becoming angry, shouting at your puppy and
being wound up will do nothing to encourage them to relax and follow
your commands to toilet outside!
Just imagine you are trying to go to the toilet with an angry
frustrated person, much bigger than you,
standing there staring at you, or even worse, shouting at you!
Let's look at it
Why do you think your puppy pee'd in the house in the first place?
Because he needed to go, right there and then? Right?
He was maybe holding on, probably bursting, but needed to go and so he
thought, “OK, I gotta have a pee…like NOW!”
And if the door was shut as well, then what do you seriously expect to
Your puppy is not vindictive or trying to wind you up. It's just a
natural call of nature.
So when you rub your puppy’s nose in it…They
are still not sure where
they are supposed to go.
still not sure where they are supposed to go.
Got it yet?
So when you start telling your puppy off for peeing in front of the
couch all you are doing is telling your puppy that this is not the
right place. Try somewhere else…
They are still not sure where they are supposed to go!
That’s right. You
need to show them. You need to train them. That’s why
it’s called toilet training.
2. Stay focused on
It’s odd that the biggest mistake people make with toilet training
is the most important one. Most people take their eye off the goal too
soon and start telling poor puppy off when they get it wrong.
secret is this...
Keep rewarding your puppy with amazing treats every time they go toilet
in the right place…
That’s right. Every single time. With amazing treats. For a long time!
Nothing will motivate your puppy faster than rewarding them with a
couple of amazing tasting little treats immediately after they have
But do make a point of doing this immediately. Not 30 seconds later… It
should be within 2
seconds. Too late and in your puppy's mind the connection to the pee
they just did will be
forgotten. Get your treat in their mouth quick and they will very
quickly start to link the two.
The Ah-Ha moment is
when your puppy thinks… “So if I pee on the grass
you give me the most amazing treats??? OK…Deal!”
Check out Doggy Dans video to see how he goes about it...
Unfortunately most of us will reward for a week or two and then stop.
We forget, get bored, run out of treats or can be bothered.
One little tip I heard on a great 40 minute toilet training audio the
other day is to leave a jar with treats outside by the pee-pee area so
that even if you forget to take treats out with you there are already
some at hand.
3. It does take
time - much longer than the 5 days
Remember that puppies are still young
and small. They are still
learning and it will take time. Anyone with young children will tell
you that toilet training takes TIME and PATIENCE! Sometimes 3 years or
more for young children.
Think about this for a second.
How old is your puppy? 16 weeks? Children can’t even lift their own
heads at that age and we become frustrated that our puppy isn’t
perfectly toilet trained by that age…
So take a breath and relax. The good news is that you can do it and
your puppy is perfectly normal.
Focus on the successes and learn to quickly put the mistakes behind
you. Look to see what you could have done differently but don't beat
yourself up. We've all been there and the good news is that puppy will
learn and it’s not
4. The rug
This is just a little tip I heard from that toilet training audio file
I mentioned earlier that I’ll tell you about in a second. It made me
smile because it is exactly what happens all the time.
Here’s the scenario…
Your puppy finds a nice thick piece of rug that is not the carpet. The
rug feels nice, a bit like grass and looks like it is a good place to
go pee-pee. They go pee-pee or even worse poo-poo!
Unfortunately for you it is your brand new, thick, white, shag pile rug
and it’s very hard to get the stains and smell out of it.
Even when carefully cleaned, your puppy can still smell the pee and poo
even if you can't and so now it even smells like a good place to go.
Before long your
beautiful expensive shag pile rug is a very costly dumping mat.
The secret is simple. Pick it up and put it back down in 6 months time
in perfect condition. No stains, no marks, no regrets. Trust me on the
shag pile rug. Do not take the chance! It is a very slippery slope.
5. Knowledge is
When it comes to toilet training there really are so many things to
think about and you will simply not think of them all on your own. You
need to be told the secrets before your toileting goes down the pan.
And the best place that I have found by far to get hold of all the tips
about dog and puppy training including toilet training is Doggy Dan’s
Online Dog Trainer.
Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take
advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do today is take a look
inside the site!
Inside the site are over 250 videos
including a whole section with an
amazing 40 minute recording on toilet training your puppy. It’s
fantastic and covers everything that you could possibly want to
Here’s a couple of tips to give you an idea of what's inside.
- Those tricky times. What to do during the night and
when you are at work to prevent accidents. How long to leave them and
what to leave them with.
- Setting your puppy up to win so that they can’t
- Why some older puppy’s regress at 4 months old and
why you need to get them back on track immediately.
- Older dogs. Why much older dogs who are several
years old can suddenly start going toilet in the house and what to do
to stop it.
- Habit Breaking. How to break an old habit if your
puppy is toileting all over the house.
- Crate training. Everything you need to know about
crate training your puppy if you choose to use that approach.
- When to begin house training your puppy
Plus all the tips, and advice on every topic to do with toilet training
such as cleaning up the mess, feeding, watering and toilet frequency
So that’s all for now. As you can see it’s a big topic. I hope you’ve
enjoyed reading this and that you get a handle on your puppy's
toileting sooner rather than later.
If you really are struggling and want to end all the frustration
immediately then I strongly suggest you take a look at Doggy Dan’s site
The Online Dog Trainer and check out the Toilet Training section inside
check out the FREE dog training pdf on this site showing the tools
Doggy Dan uses every single day to train other people's dogs so you can
put them into practice too.