Accidents WILL happen. No matter how diligence you are in toilet training your puppy, there are times when accidents will happen. Young puppies are just not ready to hold their bladder for long until they are 10 to 12 weeks old. They need time to learn how to hold it. Having said that, the following tips on how to toilet train a puppy in 7 days will help you to minimize the likelihood of inappropriate potty. (Of course, after he is potty trained).
If you have other pets in your home, you may want to keep them separate until your puppy is completely potty trained. As a matter of fact, a better way to go about housebreaking your puppy is to keep your other pets away for the first few days so that he had his own space and you can focus all your attention on him.
Potty training your puppy is basically an important task and you want to get it right so that you and your puppy can both live together for many years to come. First of all, when you bring your puppy home, you need to immediately begin teaching him the correct place to go potty. This is where the housebreaking part comes in.
You want to train him to go potty in the same place each time. concentrate on that one spot, and not keep changing around. If you want your puppy to go to “that” one spot for his potty, you should make sure that it is a place that is easy to clean.
Make sure you take your puppy out every 2 hours for the first few days. After that, consider increasing the time to maybe 3 hours and determine if he is ready for longer periods. Some dogs, especially young puppies have problem waiting that long as they had not fully developed their bladders.
It is critical that you are vigilant about the behavior of your puppy in the first 2 days during the potty training. If you see him getting ready to go, take him outside for his potty.
When your dog has an accident, just say “No”. Don’t punish him for an accident Punishment will only confuse him, and make him unsure of what is expected from him. Simply keep a closer eye on him and take him outside for a quick relieve.
If you scold or punish him for soiling in the house, you’re sending mixed signals to him. He will associate your scolding with him going potty, which is why he may relieve himself in the wrong place at other times.
Key point to remember when potty training your puppy is to look for the “tell-tale” signs that he is sending out to you. As you “see” these tell-tale signs, you’ll want to bring your dog out immediately. This will show your dog where is the potty spot that he should do his business.
When your puppy has relieved himself outside, be sure to praise and reward him for a job well done. The happiness that your dog has when he relieves himself makes it far easier for you to train him to go to the right spot for potty in the coming days. Positive reinforcement goes a long way, and stress on your dog is always a barrier to learning.
Rewards (which can be anything that your puppy finds enjoyable – treats, toys or even praise) are wonderful to a young puppy and is also a good way to reinforce good behavior.
If you cannot be around all day to monitor your dog’s behavior, then consider crate training. This type of training is based on the fact that your puppy won’t want to relieve himself in the area that he sleeps in and therefore he will hold it until you take him out. He will also not want to go to the toilet mixed with his own feces, so he will hold it as long as possible.
The process of potty training is complete when your puppy is used to go to the same spot to eliminate. With this experience, your puppy has learned his own “potty place”. Make sure you always use command words such as “go potty” so that he will begin to associate this word with a particular action.
Give your puppy plenty of exercise. If you take him out for a walk at least twice a day, he will get the idea that he must go to the toilet outside.
Learn the training process and take action. You should interact with your puppy constantly during the process. This involves talking to him, praising him and giving him a treat. Every time he goes potty in the right spot, you should reward him instantly. At first, just give him verbal praise and a treat. Then you can start adding the clicker.
You will want to teach him some words (commands) to associate with doing a certain act such as “go potty”. Just like the use of a clicker in the basic training, you can add words to the basic training to reinforce the behavior you want him to learn. When he does what he’s told to, then he gets a treat. This is how the training gets reinforced.
This is the “key” on how to toilet train your puppy. In a short time, you will be an expert and know the signs when your puppy needs to go and where he should be going for his potty.
Most dogs naturally want to please their owner, and with a bit of effort you can train your puppy to use the toilet the right way!