Puppy Toilet Training

This weeks tip is about toilet training your puppy the easy way. When I say easy, I mean it’s simple, fast and effective but by no means easy on effort!

How long does toilet training your puppy take?

You should take your puppy outside to toilet after every sleep, game and meal regardless if it’s only a short time since they went last, plus if you see any intent sniffing on the floor. When you let them out ask for a sit and wait at the door first. Puppies at 8 or 10 weeks have brains like sponges and learn so quickly. Using this method should see your puppy ‘asking’ to go out (sitting by the door) to toilet after just a few days. But even after they have begun to do this, you should still follow the routine for another week or two.

Have a word for toileting

An invaluable tool when toilet training your puppy is to have a word or a ‘cue’. For example, I use the word ‘Tinkle’ for a pee and ‘poo’ obviously for poo. Having a cue for toileting really helps to get your puppy clean as you can help her to concentrate on the task in hand when outside with a myriad of distractions. To teach this you simply repeat over and over and over again the cue word as your puppy is toileting. They literally will learn this in a day or two at this age. Remember, it must be the same word and said every time!

Maddie Knight

ACC.Ad.Dip.Can.Psy AMACC Canine Psychologist and Behaviourist
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