Imagine waking up one morning, the sun is shining bright and you thought to yourself it’s going to be another beautiful day. Just to find out when you come out of your bedroom that your puppy is rolling around in his poo!
You estimated it’s going to be at least 30-45 minute to clean it up. You’re going to be running late today for sure.
Is there anything more frustrating?
You take your puppy or 1-year old dog outside to pee-pee. After they go pee-pee, you return inside. Within seconds of coming inside your dog decides to continue with a little sprinkle all over your new rug.
You thought house training a puppy or a dog should not take this long or be so hard.
And you’re right. It shouldn’t and it isn’t. The thing is this…
There’s no shortcut but there are lots of little tricks that will turn your puppy’s toileting around and you are probably not using most of them.
What surprised me is that most people don’t do any of these things just because they have never been told exactly what to do. Nobody has ever explained to them how important these little things are when you are toilet training your puppy.
And they are all simple and all logical. So let me tell you a couple of these tricks I mention above and also I’ll tell you about this awesome toilet training resource that I found that will speed up house training a puppy (In a hurry? Read How to Toilet Train Your Puppy in 3 Days )
How to potty train a puppy
1. Staying calm:
As with any other thing important to you, like training your young child or baby to use a potty, you have to take responsibility. You don’t need to be frustrated with them nor blame them for not being toilet trained
Doing so could even set you back. Becoming angry, shouting at your puppy, being annoyed will not help them to relax and follow your commands to toilet outside!
Imagine yourself trying to go to the toilet with an angry frustrated person standing there beside you and staring at you!
It makes me smile when I remember the old folk’s advice to rub my puppy’s nose on their poop, so they will know not to do them again. The people who do this, well I’m guilty of it too when I was still young and don’t know any better, is completely missing the point.
You have to realize that your puppy pee-peed in the house because they needed to go. Right?
They don’t pee peed on the first light of it, they do hold on, bursting, needed to go and so they thought, “OK, I got to go pee-pee…like NOW!”
And if the door was shut as well, then what do you expect? Your puppy does not do it intentionally nor does trying to annoy you.
So, even if you rub their nose there all day long your puppy still doesn’t know where to go when they needed to.Repeat…They are still not sure where they are supposed to go. Click To Tweet
Got it yet?
So when you start yelling your puppy off for going pee-pee in front of the couch all you are doing is telling your puppy that this is not the right place. Try somewhere else…
“They are still not sure where they are supposed to go!”
That’s the trick. You need to show them. You need to train them. That’s why it’s called toilet training.
2. Stay focused on the goal:
One of the biggest mistakes people make when first learning how to train a puppy to wee outside or another place they prefer is the most important one.
Most people take their eye off the goal too soon and start telling poor puppy off when they get it wrong. The secret is this…
You must keep rewarding your puppy with amazing treats every time they go toilet in the right place…
You heard it right. Every single time. With amazing treats. For a long time!
Nothing will motivate your puppy faster than rewarding them with a couple of amazing tasting little treats immediately after they have finished.
Notice I say immediately. Not 30 seconds later… It should be within 2 seconds. Too late and the connection to the pee-pee they just did will be lost. Get your treat in their mouth quick and they will quickly start to link the two.
The Ah-Ha moment is when your puppy thinks… “So if I pee-pee on the grass you give me the most amazing treat?” “OK…Deal!”
Unfortunately, most people will reward their puppy for a week or two and then stop.
They forget, they get bored, they run out of treats or can be bothered.
One little tip on I heard on a great 40 minute how to toilet train a puppy indoors training audio the other day is to leave a jar with treats outside by the pee-pee area so that even if you forget to take treats out with you there are already some at hand.
3. You asked, “how long does it take to toilet train a puppy”? It does take time
Remember that puppies are still young and small. They are still learning and it will take time. Anyone with young children will tell you…
Toilet training takes TIME and PATIENCE! Sometimes 3 years or more for young children.
Think about this for a second.
How old is your puppy? 16 weeks!
Children can’t even lift their own heads at that age and then you become frustrated that your puppy isn’t perfectly toilet trained by that age…
So take a breath and relax. The good news is that you can do it and your puppy is perfectly normal.
So focus on the little wins and learn to quickly put the mistakes behind you. It’s a great learning for life. Look to see what you could have done differently but don’t beat yourself up. Learn from your mistakes. We’ve all been there and the good news is that it’s not forever.
4. The rug
I heard a little tip from that toilet training audio file I mentioned earlier, that makes me smile because it is exactly what happens all the time.
Here’s the scenario…
Your puppy finds a nice thick piece of rug that is not the carpet. The rug feels nice, a bit like grass and looks like it is a good place to go peepee.
They go pee-pee or even worse poo-poo!
Unfortunately for you, it is your brand new, thick, white, shag pile rug and it’s hard to get the stains and smell out of.
Even after carefully cleaning it, your puppy can still smell the pee and poo and so now it even smells like a good place to go. Before long your beautiful expensive shag pile rug becomes a costly toilet mat.
The secret is quite simple. Remove the rug and put it back down in 6 months’ time in perfect condition. No stains, no marks, no regrets. Trust me on the shag pile rug. Do not take the chance! It is a slippery slope.
5. Knowledge is everything: Learn how to toilet train a puppy in 7 days or less.
When it comes to toilet training a puppy there really are so many things to consider and you can’t simply think of them all on your own. You need to be told the secrets before your toileting goes pear-shaped.
And the best place that I have found by far to get hold of all the tips about dog and puppy training including toilet training is Doggy Dan’s website The Online Dog Trainer .
Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do today is take a look at the site!
If you really are struggling and want to end all the frustration immediately then I strongly suggest you take a look at Doggy Dan’s site
The Online Dog Trainer and check out the Toilet Training section inside the site.
Inside the site are over 250 videos including a whole section with an amazing 40 minute recording of toilet training your puppy. It’s fantastic and covers everything that you could possibly want and needed to know.
Here’re a couple of tips to give you an idea of what’s inside;
– Those tricky times. What to do during the night and when you are at work to prevent accidents. How long to leave them and what to leave them with.
– Setting your puppy up to win so that they can’t make mistakes.
– Why some older puppy’s regress at 4 months old and why you need to get them back on track immediately.
– Older dogs. Why much older dogs who are several years old can suddenly start going toilet in the house and what to do to stop it.
– Habit Breaking. How to break an old habit if your puppy is toileting all over the house.
– Crate training. Everything you need to know about crate training your puppy if you choose to use that approach.
Plus all the tips, and advice on every topic to do with toilet training such as cleaning up the mess, feeding, watering and toilet frequency and schedules.
I hope you pick up a thing or two on how to toilet train a dog. As you can see it’s a big topic. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and that you get a handle on your puppy’s toileting sooner rather than later.
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