Tips for Toilet Training a Puppy
Toilet training is an important part of puppy training and at the same time a fun part for you as well. Getting your puppy to tell you when and where is a challenge but with some patience you can be sure that your puppy will be house trained in no time.
Puppies have to go to toilet very frequently and because they do not have much control they will need to go as often as every 4 to 6 hours. If you are not home when they go to toilet or when you are gone for a period of time they will use your carpet and your expensive sofa etc. This is where good puppy house training comes in from, getting your puppy to tell you when and where is good to go to toilet.
You might have a puppy who is reluctant to even go near the toilet all though he knows he needs to, if this is the case then you will need to take note of this. Watch your puppy at all times during the day and especially at night as puppies tend to be a little bit frisky in their sleep. If your puppy is getting up in years then you will need to make sure that he does not wake the house up mid night and take a few wee’s. The best way to do this is to measure your puppy and then take him outside to his toilet area. If your puppy is a small breed and is very tiny then you should measure him at his largest point. Then start taking him everyday at this time and he will eventually get the idea that outside is the place to urinate and relieve himself.
An important fact to remember is that if your puppy does start peeing anywhere other than his toilet area then you must show him that it is not ok. You can use a sharp clap loudly and also a firm no, in order to communicate to your puppy that he has done something wrong.
Each time your puppy has done something wrong and you have pointed out his mistake to him you must ensure that you praise him. Remember that puppy training cannot be done in just a day or two. This takes weeks of constant repetition as well as a lot of patience. I learnt this with my own dog and he now quite happily knows where he should be going to the toilet and where he should not be going. I just have to show him and he knows.
You might have also noticed that your puppy is a little shy of new people and situations. If this is the case then he needs to be handled a lot in the first few weeks of life because he is definitely going to be a fearful adult. If you have children you need to stay close by them for a couple of weeks and spend a little time with them as well. The more you expose your puppy to people and situations the more he will learn to like them and more easily adapt to them. This will bode well for later on in the dogs life.
When my puppy was returned to me it was vital that I spent time with her and fussed over her as she slept. I took her to my local park several times and allowed her to approach other dogs and play with them. It was vital that I took my time and did not just want to go straight back to her cage every time she did a bad behaviour.
One of the biggest things that discriminate about puppy training is that you have to consider your puppy’s needs and work out a training plan that suits them. If you want your puppy to sleep in one kennel every night, you will have to ensure that you provide him with somewhere comfortable and comfortable to sleep. This might mean that your puppy sleeps in a different kennel every night until something is worked out. For some people this might be acceptable to them, but for others it can be too uncomfortable and they might want to go back to crate training right away.
My advice in this article is to talk to your vet and get them to recommend a good puppy training course, and make sure that you use that at every step of the way. It is not a good idea to see your puppy only as a problem that you need to get rid of as a result of your leaving the house. Be assured that the worst part of coming back to the puppy was the feeling of loss. Getting over that would have been difficult enough without adding anything more to it. Make sure to spend loads of time with your puppy, as well as introducing him to new things early on, like visitors. The socialization of your puppy will have made him better equipped to cope with life as a mature dog.