How To Toilet Train A Puppy: 7 Days & 7 Quick Tips!
Please accept my congratulations if you just brought a new puppy home! The journey will be difficult and full of learning curves. No pet parent is immune to encountering filthy dwellings and offensive odours. This is why housetraining your puppy is so important.
How does potty training a puppy start?
- A puppy’s mother begins toilet training between two and three weeks old. She will prod them off the surface they eat and sleep on to relieve the puppy and use the restroom.
- Suppose a puppy is exposed to this surface. In that case, it will quickly learn to differentiate between different characters when entering your home. The fact that your puppy is aware enough not to relieve themselves on the same surface that they eat or sleep on shows that they are conscious of this. Take advantage of this when you start toilet training!
How do you start training a puppy to go potty?
Our expert Shirin suggests carrying out these seven simple steps to toilet train a puppy at home:
1. Select a specific location.
Before bringing your puppy home, decide on a spot for them to use as their permanent bathroom. This spot, a balcony or a backyard, will have everything you need for training nearby, including puppy pee pads, a restroom, and an odour-destroyer.
HUFT suggests using our machine-washable puppy pads. These are machine washable, reusable, comfortable, and feature 4–5 layers of protection to absorb liquids readily. They also have an anti-skid foundation.
2. Get a good start.
As soon as you bring your dog home for the first time, whether it’s a puppy or an adult, you must introduce them to the spot. Don’t let them out of your sight to use the restroom except in the designated area. Training will be easier if you get the first or second exposure right.
3. REFER TO THEIR CALENDAR.
One of three times is where your puppy is most likely to relieve himself:
- Immediately before or after eating (with five meals per day)
2. Right after waking up (with five naps a day),
3. After playtime (almost ten times a day),
This makes it easier to wish for when your puppy might need to use the restroom. Once you have the schedule planned, be ready to take your puppy to its spot.
4. GET THEM TO THEIR DESTINATION
Like human children, your puppy will require help and patience when they need to potty. Don’t forget to take your puppy to the pee pads at the proper time and place.
Remember that your puppy is still a young animal and could become anxious if left alone. Watch them as they conduct their business as a result.
5. EXERCISE PATIENCE AND COMPREHENSION
Just like human children, your puppy will take its time learning new things. Consequently, it is natural for them to pee in various places around the house. Follow the advice in the following list:
- Be understanding and empathetic to keep your puppy’s trust in you.
- If you notice your dog doing potty in the wrong place, correct the behaviour and take them there.
- Your puppy should have access to an indoor restroom because going outside might not always be convenient. You can stay in check by asking yourself, “Did I fail to take my puppy to the right spot?” Asking yourself these questions is the best way to keep yourself in check.
- Avoid correcting your puppy when they behave improperly because doing so will make them think less of you.
- They will eventually stop urinating in front of you, even when you take them for walks, and begin to hide when they urinate.
6. How to Clean Up After
- Use a puppy pee pad or a piece of newspaper to clean up the mess. Take this pee pad to the designated spot after taking it out of the wrapping. Once they smell their urine there, your puppy will want to relieve themselves there. We can benefit from the chaos in this way!
- Avoid using products that have strong fragrances because they will hide the smell of urine with a much harsher aroma, such as ammonia- or alcohol-based cleaners. Your puppy will find this smell odd and try to cover it up by urinating there. If your dog rolls around with these, it can irritate its skin.
- Shirin recommends using a soapy concoction made from human laundry detergent. Pour the cleaning solution over the pee-pad to clean up the mess. It would help if you let it sit for ten uninterrupted minutes before rinsing it off. Stop using any other products until the area is clean.
Shirin says, “Why use your own detergent?” Your puppy will recognize the scent of the detergent since they will associate it with you! As a result, they wouldn’t want to urinate there.
7. Consistency is important, too.
Never forget to lead your puppy to the designated spot when it’s time for them to urinate. Suppose you want to see improvement in just seven days. In that case, you must be disciplined in adhering to your puppy’s daily feeding, sleeping, and playing schedule. This will ensure that they urinate according to their normal timetable as well.
How would housebreaking an adult dog proceed?
If you wish to housebreak an adult dog, you bring it home. You can follow the same guidelines. Remember that over time, they won’t be eating, sleeping, or playing at the same times a puppy does, so their toilet movements won’t be the same either.