Unless you have been living in a cave, otherwise you would know that dogs are considered to be “man’s best friend”. Indeed, dogs are the most popular pet for families in America and in most other countries around the world. But while we love our dogs, do you know that most people would want to have a puppy as opposed to having an adult dog? One of the most common reasons why owners prefer puppies is that puppies can stay with the family longer than adult dogs could since dogs have a relatively shorter lifespan as compared to us, humans. The bond has been established for many many years. To toilet train your puppy will enhance that bond because you will spend less time angry at your dog.
But while we love puppies, one of the main problems we face is that there is a NEED to train puppies. This is in comparison with adult dogs who might have been trained by others before. When we talk about training, we do mean housebreaking as well as other obedience training. Of course, housebreaking is a huge thing that is NEEDED that does include toilet training the puppy too. Read below to learn how to Toilet train a puppy the RIGHT way in 2 weeks!
Toilet Training A Puppy
Most dog owners will understand that there is a need to train the puppy especially in terms of their toileting behavior. More specifically, it is important that the puppy is trained to defecate in a specific area as opposed to being allowed to defecate all over the place. The reason is simple: you will need to develop a system of consistency with the puppy so that it can develop focus than to be distracted. Of course, once the puppy can defecate only at one place, you can proceed to train the puppy to poop and pee in other designated areas.
By designating specific areas for the puppy to defecate allows the dog to develop consistency as well as allowing you to have an easier time when it comes to picking after the puppy. This will help to ensure that the house is kept clean, which will be important for a cleaner and hygienic living environment.
While we cannot stress the above enough, it is really on the duty of the owner to follow our steps carefully, simply because any single wrong move might have a ripple effect as the dog grows older. As such, if you are intending to train your puppy to defecate in designated areas, read on to find out how you can go about doing it effectively!
When you have a puppy, the very first thing that you should do is to monitor your puppy’s behavior and identify signs that the puppy exhibit when it wants to defecate. When we first got our puppy Lilou, I was CONSTANTLY watching her and I picked up on her signals very well and fast- this can immensely expediate the process of potty training your pup. One of the most tell-tale signs is when the puppy starts to sniff around on the floor excessively. This is a common sign as dogs will want to mark its territory and hence will sniff around to find unmarked places that it can call its own.
But having said that, you should also identify the trigger that causes the dog to pee. It can be right after they wake up, or it can be right after a meal. Once you are able to identify such patterns, you are on your first step to developing a system of consistency in your dog! With Lilou she would always wake me up by jumping on the cage. At that moment I knew I needed to get up fast or she would have an accident in the playpen. She would then start to think “this is more convenient and okay” – this happening even once, can set back the training. 100% consistency and full focus on this matter will have you out of the woods in about 2 weeks.
Bringing the puppy to designated area
As soon you are able to establish a patterns, you will need to be prepared to move the dog to the designated area. This means you will need to have the dog’s leash ready. In my case, we have a backyard so I would always keep an eye out and when I saw the signs I would engage the dog to try to follow me outside. If I saw her start to squat inside or not in the desired location, I would still run over there, pick her up in the act, and the let her finish up outside. I would give her treats and praise once we were outside. Of course, we are not expecting you to have the leash in your hands at all times, but at least it should be within reach once the dog starts to show signs that it wants to pee! If notice that the dog is on the verge of pooping or peeing but the leash is nowhere near you, you can simply just carry the puppy to the designated area like I ended up doing a few times haha.
Allow The Dog To Relieve Itself
Once the puppy is at the specific toilet area, allow the puppy to relieve of itself without interruptions. As the dog is pooping, you can use words such as “go potty” or other words that you can conjure up so that the dog can develop an association between the action and the word itself. Once the puppy is done, proceed to praise the dog by saying whatever name in a higher pitched voice. If you have treats I highly recommend going outside with treats to positively reinforce any desired behavior. Being able to give your puppy one of their favorite dog treats quickly in the moment is important for them to associate the exact behavior with the yummy reward.
Rinse and Repeat
Once you have accomplished the above three steps, you will need to repeat them so that the system of consistency can be achieved. Once it has been established, your puppy will learn to associate the designated area as the potty place! Note that even if the puppy has successfully defecated at the designated area, you shouldn’t bring the dog back to the house. Instead, you should let the dog linger for awhile so that it can associate the smell to the potty place! This might take some time but do have patience!
Common Mistakes Owners Make When Toilet Training a Puppy
While the above steps might be easy to take, some owners still commit grave mistakes that might render the entire training to be useless.
Losing your patience
You should never lose your patience with the puppy. As cliché as it might sound, puppies are just like babies, and all babies love tender loving care in order to develop positively. Similarly, the puppy needs all the care and patience that you can afford it so that they can develop into happy dogs!
It is possible that the puppy refuse to follow your lead as you could have used negative reinforcement methods to force feed the training onto your dog. This is detrimental as the puppy might not listen to you in the long run, and that the training itself might be rendered useless too.
Correct signs, or not?
Sometimes, owners might make the mistake of wrongly interpreting signs that the dog is about to pee or poop. If there are lots of false positive, the puppy will be confused!
Honestly, the best thing I can say is to just focus 100% on recognizing the signs and schedule. In general, try not let them out of your sight or do the very best you can. Toilet training your puppy will not be daunting If you put your head down, really pay attention, and are consistent. The potty training will go by MUCH FASTER if you just stay firm. Paying more attention results in many more times catching them in the act. As a result, the puppy will REALLY start to prefer the option to potty in the desired area uninterrupted with praise and treats as opposed to hearing “NO!”, being interrupted and potentially picked up and moved to that very area. They will figure toilet training out in a couple weeks time ONLY if you are consistently on top of things. Good Luck!