House Training

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House training a puppy takes time and patience, however to make the process as efficient as possible it is best to use positive reinforcement training. This involves giving your puppy plenty of opportunities to go outside and rewarding them every time it eliminates in the place where you want it to go. The reward needs to occur immediately after the event so the puppy can make an association between the elimination and the reward. The reward can be as simple as praise (a pat on the head and a ‘good dog') or can be a food treat.


To be able to do this effectively you need to supervise the dog as much as possible throughout the day so you can reward their good behaviour. You should also be on the lookout for signs that your dog is about to toilet so you can get them outside quickly and ready to praise them once they finish. Often when puppies need to go to the toilet they will sniff the area, circle and then pause in the spot, however each puppy is different so watch your puppy so you can get an idea of what it does before it toilets.

Make sure to take your puppy to the toilet first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

When you are not at home it is easiest to confine the puppy to a small space (ie laundry or crate) and place newspaper or a puppy training pad down for it to use as the toilet. Then when you get home take the puppy outside straight away for them to toilet if needed.

It doesn't help to tell the dog off if it goes in the wrong place. Rubbing its nose in it or punishing the puppy won't teach the puppy anything, but may in fact delay the learning process. It is best to ignore unwanted elimination and to clean the area thoroughly with a non-ammonia based cleaning product to remove the scent and reduce the chance of your puppy using the same place again.