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Five Puppy Toilet Training Tips If You Are a Busy Person

It’s so exciting to get a new puppy, but now the hard work starts.  You want your puppy house trained so you can have them in the home and not locked outside, you want your puppy well trained, so you can give easy orders and they obey and you want your puppy to be happy and healthy.

Housetraining is one of the most difficult things to master.  Some dogs learn very quickly, while others will always struggle and they will always have accidents, this is something you need to accept before you bring your new puppy home.  Dogs such as border collies and Labradors are quick learners and eager to please, while other dogs such as some of your terriers and bull dogs, will struggle to learn the basic housetraining.  It will take a lot of patience on your side, a lot of determination and a lot of reinforcement.

Crate Training

If you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to take your new puppy outside every hour or so, you need to find other alternatives.  The first is crate training; this popular training technique can make toilet training a quick and easy process.

First you need to introduce your puppy to their new crate.  Don’t push them in, encourage them to enter on their own, they need a positive association with the crate as this is where they are going to spend a lot of their time at first.  Make sure you put a blanket and toys in the crate for them.

Once they’re happy with the crate you can lock them in there when you can’t be watching their every move.  It’s a known fact that a puppy or dog will not go to the toilet in their sleeping area.  This way you can control your puppies mess.

Remember that puppies will need the toilet when they first wake up, after eating and after hard play.  When you get home, take your puppy straight from the crate to outside, praise them when they go and then bring them back inside.

Restricted to One Area

If you don’t like the idea of putting your puppy in a crate, you can restrict them to a room in the house.  When you do this choose a room that is tiled, such as the bathroom or utility room.  Cover the room with newspaper.  Follow the same approach and as soon as you take them out of the room put them outside, praise them when they go to the toilet before bringing them back inside.  With this you can start reducing the amount of newspaper in the room until they’re going on one sheet.

Litter Box

If you’re feeling adventurous you can litter box train your puppy by restricting them to one room with newspaper.  Start reducing the newspaper until there is one piece left which they are using.  Take the wet newspaper with their smell on it and place it in a litter box.  The advantage with this is once they’re using the litter box you can place it in any room with ease.

Old Fashioned Newspaper Technique

If you’re busy and can’t watch your puppies every move, this process may take longer than required.  Restrict your puppy to an area and cover it in newspaper.  Reduce the amount of newspaper each day, placing a soiled piece on top of the others to encourage your puppy to use it.  Keep removing pieces of newspaper each day or two until there is one or two pieces left which your puppy is using.  You can now start moving the newspaper a few centimetres each day towards the outside door.  Once it reaches the outside door leave it there a couple of days before moving the newspaper outside.

Hourly toilet breaks

If you work from home you can try this technique.  Set an alarm so you don’t forget.  Every hour take the puppy outside and give it a command, you may choose ‘wee’ or ‘toilet’.  Give the puppy this order over and over, don’t play with your dog, and ignore it completely except for giving the command.  Once they go, praise them and bring them back in.  They will soon learn that when given the command and they go, you are happy.

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