07538 956 579 louise@hiltondogs.co.uk

Blog

Dog Training Guidance
Book a Training Class

Toilet Training Tips

8 Apr, 2020

This guide has been written for young dogs, but is also ideal for those owners who may of adopted a rescue dog that may have been in kennels a long time or those adopting street dogs from overseas.

 

Toilet training is about routine and habit. Your puppy has a small bladder and cannot hold on for long periods therefore you will need to create a regular routine throughout the day and night to achieve success in a relatively short time.

Your puppy will need to go out to the garden as follows

  • As soon as they wake in the morning

  • After eating a meal

  • After having a drink of water

  • During a play, or exercise

  • Before you leave the house

  • When you return home

  • Last thing at night before bedtime

  • And anytime in between these times

Upon awakening, pick your puppy up and take it outside, close the door so puppy can’t run back inside, wait quietly and just watch. Your puppy should eliminate and you should give your puppy some praise and a tasty treat.

As soon as your puppy eats its first meal of the day, puppy will need to empty their bowels, go straight outside and close the door after you, watch and wait. As soon as puppy poops, praise puppy and then remove the fouling immediately.

Repeat this after puppy has a drink, or wakes from a nap.

Always give your puppy the opportunity to go out before you go out of the house and immediately upon returning home.

During any period of activity, like playing or running about, stop and take your puppy outside, wait for puppy to squat and wee and then praise puppy and reward with a treat.

At night you may need to get up and take your puppy out a few times till puppy can hold their bladder for longer, try to do these toilet breaks with little fuss, no playing, just pick puppy up, go out, wait for elimination and then go straight back to settle down for the night again.

Using puppy pads or newspaper can hinder the training as it gives the puppy the wrong message, as your puppy thinks its ok to toilet inside. If you must leave a puppy alone, use a puppy pen and a puppy pad in one area only. Having multiple pads down around the home is a recipe for disaster.

Never reprimand your puppy for having accidents inside the house, as this can lead to the puppy hiding to do it’s pooping or weeing so you can’t see it being done and therefore causing more delay in the training.

If your puppy has an accident, just ignore it and quietly and calmly clean it up. There are some products available to help neutralise the smell and are available from good pet stores. Alternatively use a mild solution of biological washing powder. Do not use products that contain ammonia as this will encourage the puppy to keep going to that spot to toilet .

Quite often you will see your puppy moving round and sniffing the floor, this is a clear sign your puppy is going to want to go, pick puppy up and go outside.

Many dog owners get a puppy during the summer months and think it’s a good idea to leave the back door open for the puppy to have access to the garden to toilet, it is actually not a good idea because your puppy will never learn to ask to go out when the winter weather arrives and the door is closed. It is much better to keep showing your puppy to the back door and going out with them to create a good habit

Always allow your puppy access to water, never think that removing water will help in speeding up the toilet training, it won’t! Removing water can cause medical issues and create problems associated with the absence; your puppy may start to drink large amounts of water if it knows it is going to be taken from them.

Be consistent and you should achieve success fairly quickly.

 

Louise Burton IMDT
Hilton Dogs Training Academy

dog-training-derby-02

Canine Enrichment – Get that brain trained!

  Canine Enrichment is all about provide mental stimulation for our dogs. Whilst physical exercise is an important part of our dog’s health, regular enrichment activities ensure that their brains also get a good workout, which leads to a longer, happier life for your...
Coronavirus Lockdown

Leaving Lockdown – Is your dog ready?

  After six weeks, it appears the UK “lockdown” in respect of Coronavirus is likely to be lifted soon. For many people, this will come as a welcome return to reality but what will the impact be on the nation’s dogs that have become accustomed to a new routine and not...
puppy-toilet-training

Toilet Training Tips

This guide has been written for young dogs, but is also ideal for those owners who may of adopted a rescue dog that may have been in kennels a long time or those adopting street dogs from overseas. Toilet training is about routine and habit. Your puppy has...
dog-training-classes-02

Coronavirus – Puppy socialisation tips

Coronavirus has changed our lives completely. As soon as the social distancing restrictions were put in place I knew that suspending puppy training classes was going to place a huge additional burden on owners when it came to socialisation Of course, outside of the...
Barking Dog

Barking dogs – Is a training class the answer?

My dog barks at other dogs, would a class help him?Sadly, the answer is not straightforward. The most important question to find the answer to is “why does your dog bark at other dogs?”…Possible reasons include:My puppy is excited when he sees other dogs....
new puppy

New Puppy – The Ultimate Toolkit

Whether your new puppy has already arrived or you're patiently waiting for them to reach 8 weeks, this is the ultimate toolkit to get you off to a great start!Firstly, there is one book which is invaluable to any new puppy owner - Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy...
dog-christmas-list

Here comes Santa Paws – what to get your best friend for Christmas

Dogs simply love enrichment toys and it’s thought that fifteen minutes of one of these activities is the same as an hour’s walk for your dog’s brain. Listed below are a few tried and tested toys I can recommend to keep your dog quiet and entertained...
naughty-puppy-training

Help – My puppy is so naughty!

“They won’t do what I tell them to”, “They just ignore me” or “They just don’t listen”, three of the most common complaints I hear from new puppy owners. We place a lot of expectation on dogs generally, possibly because we take them with us into society...
teddy-Adult-Dog-Training

Tails from a Dog Trainer – Winter is coming

As a dog owner, you’re no doubt used to being out in all weather. Whilst last year’s heatwave gave us a challenge not faced for many years (how to cope with 60 days of continuous heat) winter is also worth preparing for. Dark nights and mornings are coming...
Puppy Training

Tails from a Dog Trainer – Jumping Puppies

One of the most common questions I'm asked (particularly from puppy owners) is “how do I stop them jumping up at me?” It’s a behaviour that becomes more difficult to address the longer it is rehearsed, however the answer often lies at the hands (quite...
dog-christmas

Tails from a Dog Trainer – It’s that time again…

As the nights draw in, the Christmas adverts start appearing and before you know it it’s December and the countdown to Christmas begins. A dog’s first Christmas is a wonderful memory, is there anything cuter than a tiny nose sniffing a bauble and being...
dog-firework-night

Tails from a Dog Trainer – Things that go bang!

We’re fast approaching “Fireworks Season” which can be very difficult for dogs. Whilst a noise sensitivity training plan can help some dogs, this can take time to implement, so here are some top tips with helping your dog though the next few months of...
dog-training-barking

Tails from a Dog Trainer – Barking!

People often talk to me about barking dogs. Most people acknowledge that dogs don’t bark without good reason, but what are those reasons? Simply put, when a dog is barking he is trying to communicate. Dogs have different pitches, the same as we have, which...

 

Vet recommended puppy and dog training services

Send a Message

 

1 + 2 =

Phone & Email

07538 956 579
louise@hiltondogs.co.uk

Open Hours

Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed

Address

Hilton, South Derbyshire,
DE65 5FP

Hilton Dog Training Academy

This site uses cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to the site you accept their use. More info in our cookies policy.     ACCEPT