How to Toilet Train Your Puppy

Dog ownership is one of the most rewarding experiences for animal lovers. Watching your furry friend grow, teaching him tricks and sharing plenty of cuddles make owning a pet one of life’s greatest joys. Before you can enjoy life with your new puppy, you have to go through a training process. The most complicated step of dog training is making sure your puppy is toilet trained. at a young age. It’s the first direction your pooch will receive from you and it’s important to make this procedure encouraging and fulfilling. Read on for some tips to help you.

Know The Signs


There are signs when your puppy needs to go to the toilet. It’s vital to recognize these signs so you can act:

  • Fidgeting and seeming agitated
  • Sniffing around the floor
  • When your puppy circles and squats, you’re probably too late!

The First Steps of Toilet Training

It’s important that you select a spot in your garden for your puppy to use. This was you won’t spend hours scooping up poop from your manicured lawn. When your puppy shows signs of needing the bathroom, you should carry him out to your chosen area.

Perhaps the most vital part of successful toilet training is positive reinforcement. Heap plenty of encouragement on your puppy and be enthusiastic while they go to the bathroom. Toilet training a puppy is almost like raising a child. Puppies respond to praise and enthusiasm, so be ready with the “Good Boys” and have plenty of treats on hand.

You should also have a specific phrase for your puppy, so they know where they can go to the toilet. Saying “Go Toilet” once the puppy is in the allocated area will reinforce that they can use it as a bathroom.

Further Tips


During the first months of bonding with your puppy, it’s important to watch them around the house. Being creatures of habit, it’s vital your puppy doesn’t find a spot they like indoors. Never shout, at your pup. Negative re-enforce never works and will threaten the bond you’re building.


At some point, your puppy will be left alone inside the house. Puppies have weak bladders, so it’s important to understand that you may need to deal with some indoor accidents. However, there are ways to keep cleaning to a minimum:


  • Use a puppy pad inside the house. Show the puppy the pad and spend some time teaching them to use the pad. This way, when you’re out the puppy will associate the pad with a toileting area. Make sure the pads not near their bed, and when returning give the puppy lots of praise. If you use a puppy pad, you need to edge it closer to the area you wish them to use regularly.


  • Crate training can prove an invaluable tool if you need to leave your puppy larger amounts of time. Use a small crate and make it a safe and enjoyable place for your pup. By using food treats, it will associate the crate as a positive place. Dogs don’t like to soil their own bedding so by using the crate, you’re likely to avoid accidents.


  • Take your puppy for a short walk before you go out. Use cue words and praise your puppy for toileting. You should train your dog to relieve himself when they’re out, to avoid accidents in the home.


Remember,  training your puppy takes time, dedication and perseverance. By using these methods you ensure that you create a positive bonding experience, for both you and your puppy.  

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