When you welcome a a four legged friend/ bundle of love into your home, toilet training usually ends up as an after thought brought up by circumstances. It’s a ton of excitement at first, but in the first few days everything about life as you knew it in your home will change.
Often the usual routine goes out the window but it’s important that you settle into normal everyday life as soon as possible.The sound of tiny paws pattering across the ground, the sweet smell of puppy breath and fuzzy puppy tummies make even the hardened hearts of men melt.
We’ve compiled below, this puppy house training guide that has all the essentials that you need to know on how to toilet train your puppy ASAP!
When to begin toilet training a puppy?
Puppy toilet training should commence as soon as their paws step through the door. This will simplify things in the long run, as your puppy will be made aware exactly what you expect from them. According to the Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan, puppies pick up toilet training fairly easily between the ages of 8 and 17 weeks because it is part of their natural programming.
From the moment the puppies are born their mothers naturally lick them to encourage elimination, and then will proceed to cleaning the mess away. This means there is never a scent of urine or feces in their den environment. As the puppies get slightly older, they will imitate their mother’s actions by doing their dirty business away from their den environment.
If your puppy was orphaned then it may take a little more time as they grew up without guidance from their mother or litter mates. You must also remember that if you have a smaller breed puppy, their bladders and digestive tracts will be smaller than large breeds. This means they can’t hold their pee and poop as well as the larger breed puppies.
Not to worry though, with good training every puppy can become toilet trained!
Why is house training puppies important?
It doesn’t matter if your furry friend will spend most of their time indoors on the couch or outdoors in their kennel, all dogs should be toilet trained! House training your puppy leads to the following benefits as an adult:
- They can be trusted to enjoy time inside the house with you.
- They will be able to visit houses of your friends and family members.
- They will learn to eliminate in appropriate places rather than just wherever they feel like it.
- They won’t soil inside your car or travelling crates.
- They won’t poop on the floor when they visit their local store.
- If they do soil inside abnormally you will know to check for health issues such as urinary tract infection or digestive issues.
- They will be more pleasant to be with, as you won’t have to get upset with them for making a mess at home.
Puppy toilet training in a home with a garden space.
The overall goal of toilet training in a home with a garden is to get your puppy to toilet outside. Although young puppies should not be taken for walks before they’ve had their full set of vaccinations, in most cases the garden is fine. If your yard is enclosed and you are sure that no other dogs have entered it then there shouldn’t be any risks involved.
It may only get tricky in the begging but both you and your pet will have a great relationship ahead if the task of toilet training is addressed as soon as possible. If you do decide to get another pet, your already toilet trained pet can help you in the process of training another pet through the process. Repetition is key as practice makes perfect. Dogs are creatures of habit and can be taught where their toilet is.
Best of luck!