Training Thursday: Moving The Toilet Outside

Let’s talk about the joy that is toilet training and to begin with, please remember that your puppy has no idea that they’re not supposed to pee and poo in the house. After all, you do!

 

It makes sense to a pup to pee on the carpet because it holds the scent, if they’re running around and they’re excited, it makes sense that they’re going to quickly eliminate so that they can carry on having fun… from your puppy’s point of view, it doesn’t make sense to go outside. If you’re reading this on a cold day, a rainy day or an exceptionally windy day, would it make sense to you to eliminate outside?!

So, toilet training. It’s simply about teaching your pup that their new habit needs to be that they go outside. Simples, right?!

Your new little furry friend has a little bladder and minimal bladder control, so it’s up to you to make sure that they are in the right place at the right time. Luckily, it’s quite easy to know when they might need the loo. It’s around these times:

  1. When they wake up
  2. After they have had something to eat or something to drink
  3. When you come in or before you go out
  4. When they’re bouncing around and playing
  5. Before they go to bed
  6. … and around every twenty minutes or so in between these times, unless they’re asleep, in which case just see the first point!

It’s quite often, isn’t it? Well, you chose to bring a puppy into your home, so part of the deal is teaching the little dude or dudette where they need to pee.

Here’s how you go about doing that:

  • At the times listed above, go outside with your furry friend. Don’t play or engage with them, just wander around and your hound will wander too. If there’s somewhere specific you’d like them to go, then wander in that area.
  • When they do their biz, some praise is fabulous but you don’t need to make a big deal out of it. Remember, you’re training for life and your dog doesn’t need to expect a raucous round of applause and half a tonne of treats every time they pee.
  • Once they’ve done the job, you can head back inside. If you would rather stay outside and play with your hound then you’ll probably find that they need to go to the loo again before coming in. Remember, point number four above!

By doing this, you’re ensuring that your pup has every opportunity to get this right. They’ll be in the right place when they need to go to the loo, that will be reinforced and soon, it will become a habit. With no opportunity to pee in the house, the pup’s habit will be formed quickly and you’ll soon have a house-trained hound.

Things go wrong though, don’t they? It’s called ‘human error’ for a reason! If your pup does use your finest carpet as a toilet, then allow that to serve as a smelly reminder they you need to watch your puppy and commit to the timely garden visits.

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