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Why toilet training can fail

When puppies are so small with their small little bladders that canโ€™t hold on, we carry them to their toileting area.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ so itโ€™s important that as soon as they have the bladder and physical strength that we ask them to walk to the spot themselves - you will often really need to encourage that even if you bribe them with a treat.


Foster puppy, Jason was carried for about 3-4 weeks and then he was bribed with treats to get there himself.

Heโ€™s always rewarded after toileting in the right spot but we never say anything until heโ€™s finished otherwise he will stop.

Heโ€™s not 100% toilet trained yet, I think he was raised in a box or similar where he would have eaten, slept and toileted in the same area just like what happens at puppy farms and pet shops - this can make toilet training take so much longer.

โœ… ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜€

๐Ÿ”… Donโ€™t use puppy pads unless absolutely necessary - they are often used in place of actual training if the dog doesnโ€™t live in an apartment or similar.

๐Ÿ”… Watch your puppy like a hawk, so you can try and catch any accidents before they happen.

๐Ÿ”… Accidents are your fault not the dogs so never yell at or punish a puppy for not understanding this behaviour that you havenโ€™t successfully taught yet. Never rub their nose in it - this is disgusting and actual animal abuse - all it will teach them is to be afraid of you.

๐Ÿ”… Donโ€™t scare them dog when it has accidents as all it will teach them is to hide somewhere when they toilet.

๐Ÿ”… Clean up accidents with a special urine cleaning spray otherwise your dog will return to the same spot to toilet again.

๐Ÿ”… Make it a rewarding event - always have treats in your pocket.

๐Ÿ”… Close off areas in your house where you arenโ€™t so there are less chances for accidents.

๐Ÿ”… After waking up, eating and sleeping, puppies typically need to toilet. Take them to their spot and say your cue word ie โ€œGo Toiletโ€ and then donโ€™t further interact with them until they go. You may need to walk around a little to encourage them to move from your side. As soon as they go, say โ€œgood toiletโ€ calmly but if you find that stops them mid-stream, wait until they have finished before giving praise next time. Giving a treat can really seal the deal but can cause them to do short wees to get a treat so watch for that trick!

๐Ÿ”… Crate training is a valuable skill to teach a puppy and can really speed up toilet training so be sure to look up how to guides.

โ‡๏ธ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€.

Some puppies will need you to take them out 1-2 times overnight for the first month, others will sleep through. Planing your meal timeโ€™s and picking up the water bowl an hour before bed can be helpful.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Generally most puppies will be toilet trained by 4-5 months but donโ€™t slacken off your training, keep it going until there have been no accidents for 2 months.

๐Ÿ‘Œ Buying your puppy from a good breeder who values the toilet training process as much as you is a fab idea because they'll get the process started! Dogs in foster care often have the process started too.

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