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Toilet training my pup?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by luvMyCats, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. luvMyCats

    luvMyCats PetForums Newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
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    Hi, My pup is 7 1/2 wks i have newspaper down in the kitchen were when she is bound to the kitchen she does her wee's on the floor in there, when im at home shes has the run of the kitchen and lounge .. but when she needs a piddle she will just do it on the rug .. any tips on how i can get her to know that atm the kitchen is were she does it ? id love to be able to crack this on the head already and her be toilet trained ... i do have a litter tray in the kitchen also that has news paper in it but me hoping that would have been easierly accomplished was a no brainer lol... any tips on toilet training would be great . thankyou x
  2. GermanShepardOwner

    GermanShepardOwner PetForums Senior

    Aug 20, 2012
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    How come your not toilet training to go outside ? Training her to go in the kitchen is going to cause alot of confusion, also she will assume she can just do it in the house. Doing it this way is going to be very difficult as she will not know the difference between the kitchen and rest of house and you will have issues when you want her to go outside.

    You should be taking her outside to the toilet after sleeping, eating, drinking, playing. These are the times when they are most likely to need the toilet.

    Use a word when she does toilet and praise and treat.

    7 & half weeks is very early for a pup to even be away from its mother IMO, therefore dont expect too much, accidents are going to happen as their bladders are so small and weak.
  3. koolchick

    koolchick PetForums Senior

    Apr 5, 2011
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    Why are you trying to train your pup to toilet in the kitchen and not outside? You will need to train the pup twice that way rather than just once.

    I normally praise them for going toilet outside and if they do inside pick them up and say no and put them outside.
  4. Wiz201

    Wiz201 PetForums VIP

    Jun 13, 2012
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    Start with a routine like this:
    morning - get up and straight outside with puppy to wee, and praise when she goes.
    then let her out about every two hours, usually after she's been fed, played with and sleeping.
    Last thing at night - let her out for another wee, then leave her in the kitchen with paper down in case she has to go during the night.
  5. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2010
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    Ive found the best way is not to have paper or training pads personally, it just confuses them and acts as a cue that inside is the acceptable place to do it.

    Although a lot of work initially Ive found the following way pays off.
    I take mine out every 30/45 minutes and also after drinking eating playing and sleeping as they usually need to go then too. When they start to go, use a word of your choice, used every time they eventually associate the word with toileting so later once learned you can use it as a toilet command getting them to go on command in a lot of cases. When they have completely finished then lots of praise and treats to re-enforce thats the correct place.

    If they have an accident dont tell them off it can make them nervous about going infront of you and more likely to sneak off and do it. Also any accidents clean up with a special pet odour/stain remover as any smells left can encourage repeats in the same places otherwise.

    Look out for circling, sniffing and scratching at the floor thats often a sign that they are looking for somewhere to go so get them out quick. You dont sometimes see this until later on though as when small they dont always recognise the need to go or realise too late.

    Shes probably too young to go through the night at the moment too? At first their bladders are too small to hold much in the way of large capacities so they need to go often, with a small digestive tract too and 4 meals they need to defeacate more toonwhen really small. I used to have mine within sight and sound of me at night so if they woke I used to pop them out. No bright lights or fuss or interaction as it can stimulate them wide awake, I just popped mine out usually they did need to go, just the cue word when they start, a couple of words of praise and a treat and back to bed. If they are not within sight and sound then some people set an alarm once or twice and pop them out that way. I found that the night toileting soon got less and less in frequency and they were soon going right through until early morning. It is quite a lot of work and intense this way at first, but Ive found it is the quickest too as by consistently being taken and given every opportunity to only do it outside they soon learn this way.
    #5 Sled dog hotel, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  6. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2011
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