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If you’re someone who has just brought home a new puppy, then congratulations! It’s going to be an adventure full of learning curves. Experiencing messy homes and smelly smells is something no pet parent can escape. This is why giving your puppy toilet training at home is a must.
With 26 years of experience in dog training and canine behaviour, Shirin Merchant explains how to toilet train your puppy in 7 days!
Our expert Shirin recommends following these 7 simple tips to toilet train a puppy at home:
Before you bring your puppy home, choose a designated spot you wish for them to be their permanent relieving spot. This spot can be a backyard or a balcony with all your training essentials around such as puppy pee pads, a loo box and an odour destroyer.
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Once you bring your puppy or even an adult dog home for the first time, it is important to expose them to the spot immediately. Do not let them relieve themselves anywhere but the designated spot. If you get the first or second exposure correct, the rest of your training becomes easier!
Your puppy is likely to relieve themselves at three specific timings:
This makes it easier for you to predict when your puppy might wish to use the loo. Once you have the schedule ready, be ready to take your puppy to their spot.
Just like human children, your puppy will need your help and patience when they’re relieving themselves. Make sure you take your puppy to the pee pads at the designated spot at the right time.
Remember: Your puppy is at a tender age when they might feel scared being alone. Hence, be present with them when they’re doing their business.
Just like human children, your puppy will take their time to learn something new. Hence it is fully natural for them to pee in different areas around the house. Here are some do’s and don'ts:
Shirin’s Tip: Why use your own detergent? Your puppy will find familiarity with the detergent’s smell as they would associate it with you! Hence, they would not wish to pee at the same spot.
Remember to keep guiding your puppy to the designated spot according to their peeing schedule. If you wish to see improvement in just seven days, be disciplined in maintaining your puppy’s daily eating, sleeping and playing routine. This will ensure that their peeing routine is consistent as well!
If you’re bringing home an adult dog and wish to toilet train them, you can follow the same tips too! Just remember that their feeding, sleeping and play time will differ from that of a puppy and hence their toilet schedule will be different as well!
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