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Puppy Advice – Toilet Training

How long should it take your puppy to become toilet trained?

Some puppies take a little longer than others to learn not to toilet in the house. The main thing is to be persistent and consistent. If there are lots of people in the house training your puppy it will be worthwhile developing a plan of action for everyone in the house to refer to. This way, everyone trains your puppy the same.

What’s the best way to toilet train a puppy?

There are a number of different ways to toilet train your puppy. We recommend taking your puppy outside where you would like them to toilet 10 minutes after waking up, eating or playing to give them opportunity to toilet. When they toilet outside, give them lots of praise, love and attention to reinforce that they have done the right thing.  If you catch them toileting in the house pick them up and put them outside. You should never tell them off for toileting in the house.

Should we tell puppies off for toileting in the house?

Never! Telling them off for toileting in the house does not tell them where you want them to toilet. It will only make them scared to toilet near you. So you are better off making the training process a positive experience and only rewarding good behaviour.

If you have any more questions or if you’d like to book your puppy in for a complimentary initial check up, call 01439 771166 to talk to one of our friendly team.


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