Many puppy owners have trouble teaching their dogs about cleanliness. The puppy does its business several times a day. After each meal, drink, after play, after waking up … So, you may be wondering how to control cleanliness at home? There are a few things you can do! Read our quick guide to learn how to master puppy toilet training at home!
Step 1 – Good equipment is the basis of puppy toilet training
It is a good idea to buy puppy mats. The middle of the mat is made of cellulose fibres that absorb moisture, and the waterproof bottom prevents the liquid from escaping. In addition, many puppy mats absorb the unpleasant smell of urine. Mats can be bought at pet stores, but you can also use mats for people who are much larger, cheaper and more durable. The puppy mats must be large enough for the puppy to have no problem hitting the mat when peeing because it can happen that the front paws are on the mat, but the rear paws and the contents of the bladder are on the floor.
Mats have the advantage that they can encourage your dog to reuse them. Dogs have a tendency to settle in one place. So if something smells like urine, there is a good chance that the dog will settle in the same place again.
Step 2 – Teaching a dog to get it done in a designated place
Puppies have been coded to not do toilet in the place where they sleep. A good breeder should use this habit and half the pen should be lined with hygienic mats and the other half with sleeping mattresses. Thanks to this solution, puppies learn to do toilet on mats from an early age, which greatly facilitates the work of new owners. If your dog has not been taught this way, we have two solutions. One is to put the mats wherever is possible, observe where the dog does its business and gradually take away unused mats. The second is to establish one place for a toilet and direct the puppy to it whenever we think it is getting ready for a toilet. The first method spoils the interior design, but avoids many surprises. The second method requires constant observation of the puppy and good reflexes.
No matter what strategy we choose, you always have to praise the dog for doing its business on the mat. Do not punish for mistakes or stick your dog’s nose in the droppings. In this way, we can only introduce unnecessary stress and teach the dog how to eat its droppings. So what should you do if a setback occurs? It is necessary to clean up and make sure that we have thoroughly removed the smell (the smell will tempt the puppy to repeat the crime). Let’s focus on rewarding the puppy for successes!
Step 3 – Training how to do things outside
In the beginning of puppy toilet training, you have to be prepared for frequent walks. The puppy’s bladder is small and fills up relatively quickly. In addition, a puppy cannot restrain as long as an adult dog. Therefore you should go out with it at least every 2 hours, but preferably every hour. And you definitely need to take the puppy outside right after waking up, after drinking, eating and having fun. These are the most common times that puppies want to do toilet. As in the second stage, we praise the dog for successes and ignore defeats. However, even if you manage to maintain cleanliness during the day, you need to be prepared that the puppy will not sleep through the night without peeing. Therefore, you should leave mats spread out on the floor at night.
At what age should the puppy go all night without going to the toilet?
There is no clear answer here. Some dogs learn cleanliness at the age of 5, while others learn at the age of 8 months. Every dog will learn cleanliness sooner or later. We, as owners, can only accelerate this process by rewarding the dog for doing its business in the right places, calmly and consistently walking the dog, and cleaning up after them!
At Royvon, we know that every dog and family’s circumstances are different! That’s why we’re dedicated to helping as many dog owners as possible with their pets, big or small. If you’d like tailored support with your new puppy or dog, please don’t hesitate to book in a training session with us! Over Covid-19, our personalised 1-2-1 sessions are online, so we can still help you with your individual needs.
Darren is the Managing Director of Royvon Dog Training & Hotels. The business has been in his family for over 60 years! Darren uses this blog to share knowledge and information about dog training and more.