Toilet Training

Housetraining Basics

The toilet spot

Your goal is to teach your puppy the right place to eliminate. The first thing you must do is choose one spot that will be his permanent bathroom: the "toilet" spot. When you take your puppy out to potty, always use the same door and go to the same potty spot.

Watch your puppy carefully in the potty spot. Plan on waiting for him. Let him sniff around. When he begins going, quietly say your toilet cue—a word that will tell your dog that this is the place and time to go. (Be careful in choosing your "toilet" word. You will want to use this word in public. This cue will come in very handy when you're away from home.)

Click (or say Yes) and treat just as your puppy is finishing his business. You want to click while the behavior is still happening, but not so early in the process that your puppy stops toileting prematurely in order to get to his treat. With a bit of practice you'll quickly learn to time your click and treat so that your puppy associates his reward with eliminating in the right place—yet isn't interrupted before completion.

Soon your puppy will know that: toilet in house = no reward; potty in potty spot = really great rewards!

Crate training

It is a good idea to put the puppy in a crate at night and during the day when you can't watch him. Most puppies don't want to eliminate in their nest. If your puppy is very small and you have a large crate, divide it up so the puppy has just enough room to stand up and turn around.

Depending on the age of the puppy, you may have to get up in the middle of the night to take him out. Some people like to keep their puppy's crate in their bedroom at night, so they can easily hear when he wakes and can take him out before he eliminates in his crate. Always take your puppy out when you first get up in the morning.


Contact Details

Leanne Bennett
Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia
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