Toilet Training Your Puppy
Credits to: Godfrey Alagappan (http://www.godfreydogtraining.com/index.html)
Puppies gain bowl and bladder control at varying stages. They may take between 4 - 6 months before they are potty-trained.
General guidelines to successful house-training
- Keep a regular and timely feeding schedule.
- Do not over feed your puppy.
- Find a perfect spot and take your puppy there each time he needs to do a wee/poo.
- Diligent supervision is needed to detect early signs, eg, whining, sniffing or circling.
- Take your puppy out on a consistent schedule and as frequently as possible.
- Puppies should be taken out 1- 2 hourly. As well as after they have eaten and had a drink, as soon as they wake up, after play and at night.
Some methods when taking your puppy out:
- Take your puppy outside on the lead.
- Allow him/ her to sniff about.
- Once puppy has done his wee or poo, reward him lavishly with praise. Allow him some play time.
Keys to prevent mistakes:
- Do not punish or scold your puppy for eliminating in the house, instead
- expect a few accidents as it is a normal part of house-training.
- Should puppy have an accident in the house or in a 'wrong' place, immediate correction is to relocate puppy to the right spot.
- Reasons for accidents are mainly due to neglect and complacency on your
- part, or if there is a change in puppy's environment.
Remember, it is your responsibility to diligently work at the success of your puppy's house-training.
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