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Puppy toilet training help!!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Jordan Chrystie, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Jordan Chrystie

    Jordan Chrystie PetForums Newbie

    Aug 1, 2018
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    had my new puppy 6 weeks now and feel like we are getting no where with training, a cage is not an option as he is petrified and after 3 weeks of desperately trying to train him in that we had to say enough was enough! When we are home he is going outside when kept a thorough eye on so when we are home all is good! The moment we go out even for 10 mins he goes indoors all over the carpet.

    We tried with puppy pads and he won’t go on them. Feel absolutely hopeless on how to stop it happening. Someone please help!!
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    Toilet training happens when two things come together - the ABILITY to hold the toilet, along with the DESIRE to hold it in order to earn the reward for doing so.

    Ideally you want him to not be in a position where he needs to toilet before you have him outdoors, so that every toilet is outside - as far as possible, there will be accidents! So set him up to succeed by taking him out even more than he needs; for example every 45 minutes to an hour and always after sleeping, eating, playing. The time between a puppy realising they need to toilet, and being unable to hold that toilet, is zero. So your aim is to have him outside before he can't help himself. When he toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward him with a high value treat. Do that that immediately, don't make him come to you for the treat so he is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that he eventually wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until he is outside - once he is physically able to control his toileting obviously. If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet - the opposite of what you want. Just clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any trace of smell that might attract him back to the spot. As he is actually performing the toilet you can introduce words he can associate with it (like 'do weewee' and 'busy busy') that later when he is reliably trained you can use these to tell him when you want him to toilet.

    Indoors if you see him circling or scratching the floor, that can sometimes precede toileting so get him out fast.

    Overnight he is unlikely to be able to control his toilet as his little bladder and bowel are underdeveloped and not strong enough to hold all night so set your alarm to take him out at least once if not twice during the night.

    I really don't like puppy pads - they give mixed messages about whether it's ok to toilet indoors and confuse the puppy.
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