When Should You Start Toilet Training Your Puppy? The answer is “as soon as you notice the dog being to sniff around (intensive floor sniffing) and CHOOSE where it wants to do its business! This is a process that will take around two to three months to perfect and really get locked down, some dog trainers swear by newspaper some really disagree with the concept, its fully up to the trainer, I personally prefer to use newspaper for toilet training. I believe it helps to identify the dogs favorite toilet spot and helps which the distinction with where its satisfactory to go toilet and not.
a) Lay newspaper on every inch of the floor of the room in which the puppy/ dog lives in. (make use of as many free newspapers as potential from train stations, or understandably it will get very expensive)
b) Observe the dog as they walk around and watch for the tell tail ‘intense floor sniffing’, this is usually our first indication that the dog want go toilet, unfortunately you wont be capable to tell if its ‘number one’ or ‘number two’ until it’s too late but as the dog grows it will become clearer as for number two’s – the dog will straighten its tail.
c) Over the next few days you will notice where the dog/ puppy prefers to go toilet by the amount of deposits in a area. As you recognize this you should remove the newspaper from spaces that aren’t toilet areas. If your dog/ pup misses the paper in an area. then begin putt paper in the area again. As you keep removing paper you should end up with two or three ‘toilet zones’ that the pup will gravitate to.
d) Also pay attention to the times your pup/dog goes to the toilet and you will being to pre empty your dogs regularity. When you see your dog sniffing the floor of the toilet zones quickly grab the newspaper and take it out side, and call the dog or pup outside, make it a fun event to go outside and when your pup does its business outdoors make it the biggest party of all time with loads of strokes and positive / felicitation words. Also associate the word toilet with the action and really congratulate the dog when it does this right. Consistently repeat this, dogs need to repeat an action around.
3) After a couple of weeks after you will have a very good idea of your dogs toilet habits and regularity, remove the newspaper completely but be very wary of the ‘intense floor sniffing’ and as soon as you see that, make a bee-line for the door (grabbing the dog chain may get the dogs attention and have the follow you immediately). also Say the word toilet, I am a firm believer in dogs being capable to learn more than one word and can understand sentences, I have often ask dogs my “do you wanna go toilet” (i don’t know if the dog understands the whole sentence or just the word ‘toilet’ but it works for me).
Every time your pup/dog gets it right, make it the biggest party ever with loads of congratulations and positive words
– A treat may even be in order.
This process will take around three months and as the pup gets older and older it will be capable to ‘hold it’ for longer periods of time.