Bringing home a new puppy is one of the most exciting life events you will ever experience. However, it’s not all cuddles and rainbows during their first few months in their new home. While they’re trying to figure out what is right and wrong, some little accidents might happen. We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you get through toilet training without too many tears.
As soon as your puppy comes into their fur-ever home, we suggest beginning toilet training immediately. Follow these four steps to ensure success:
- Decide, and stick to, regular feeding times and keep an eye out for when they drink water. Sticking to regular feeding time means that as you and your puppy become acquainted you will soon notice how long after they eat, they will need the potty.
- Take your puppy to potty every 30 minutes to an hour. Ensuring they have multiple opportunities will eliminate the potential for an accident to happen all over your new rug!
- When taking them to the toilet, place them within the designated toilet spot and speak your chosen toilet command, “Go to the toilet” etc.
- After they have successfully gone to the toilet in the correct area, praise them. Perhaps reward them with their favorite treat!
If you catch your puppy mid accident, sternly say ‘no’ and take them to their designated area. This will reinforce where the correct area is for them to do their business.
If you live in an apartment, a great alternative to puppy pee pads are replaceable real-grass mats. Companies such as Paw-ta-Potty (one of many) offer real turf, which dogs are naturally inclined to use. The added bonus, the grass soaks up the smell of puppy urine!
We wish you all the best in toilet training your pup!