That being said, every puppy is unique. Not only will they need to go to the toilet at different times and different amounts throughout the day, but they will also learn at different paces too.
Thankfully, we’ve put together our top puppy toilet training tips and advice to help you throughout this process, as well as a free puppy toilet training schedule that will help you see what an average day of training might look like.
“In most cases it will take at least 4 – 6 months until your puppy is
fully toilet trained.”
Like we said, every puppy will learn at a different pace and have slightly different needs. However, there are some basic principles that everyone should follow when toilet training their pup.
Here’s what you should do:
And here’s what you shouldn’t do:
Many people like to use puppy toilet training pads when they first bring their new dog home. They are often essential for the first few weeks because your puppy may not have effective immunity from their vaccinations to go outside .However, these pads can sometimes confuse your puppy and delay the overall goal of toilet training – to get your puppy to go to the toilet outside.
There may be some other occasions where you need to use a training pad, such as if you don’t have a garden or if you live in a flat and can’t get to a garden quickly. If this is the case, try to keep the pad as close to the door as possible so that your puppy learns to associate it with going out.
Also remember that until a week after your puppy has had its second vaccination he or she should not have access to public places such as the pavement. So you will need to use the puppy pads (or a private garden if you have one) until that time.
Your puppy will still need to be let outside (or to their training pad) at night for the first few weeks. The number of times your puppy needs to be let out at night will depend on their size and breed. If you’re unsure on what to do for your pup, contact your vet for advice.
Crate training can help to reduce the number of times your pet has to go to the toilet at night, as their mother will have taught them not to soil where they sleep whilst they were part of her litter.
As mentioned at the start of this article, establishing a routine or schedule is the single most effective thing you can do when it comes to training your new pup.
We’ve put together a puppy toilet training schedule which you can download here for free! Of course, everybody’s routine is different, but our schedule will help you to see where toilet training fits into the day, alongside their other activities such as eating, walking, sleeping and playing. Take a look today and your puppy will be toilet trained in no time.
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