When training your puppy to toilet outside it is important to be patient and understand it is going to be a messy and frustrating experience. Here are some tips to make your life a little easier and help you undersatnd the process of toilet training your new puppy.
- Remember your puppy’s bladder and bowel are still developing, therefore they cant ‘hold on’ as long as we can!
- Designate any area where you would like your puppy to go to the toilet – perhaps on a “Puppy Pad” or a suitable spot in the garden on the grass, as they prefer to go to the toilet on a soft surface.
- Take your pup to this spot after walking, playing, eating, last thing at night and first thing in the morning. This is when they are most likely going to need to do their business.
- Make the experience positive and rewarding for your pup with lots of praise when you achieve “sucess”. Offer them a treat, if they associate a reward with their ‘special’ spot they are more likely to use it.
- When accidents do happen, do not scold or punish your puppy. With a firm voice say “no” and take them to their specified toilet spot.
- Clean the area with a non-ammonia based product to remove the smell and reduce the likely hood of urinating in the same spot again. You can put a water or food bowl in the ‘accident’ area to prevent puppy from urinating in the same spot again!