Toilet training a puppy can be a challenging but essential task for pet owners. Here’s a more detailed method for toilet training a puppy in 7 days:
- Establish a designated potty area outside: Choose a spot in your yard or near your home that your puppy can use for potty breaks. Make sure it is a spot that is easily accessible for you and your puppy.
- Take the puppy to the designated area first thing in the morning, after eating, drinking, and playing: Puppies need to go to the bathroom frequently, so it’s important to take them outside regularly. Take them outside first thing in the morning, after meals, and after playtime.
- Use a cue word or phrase such as “go potty” to encourage the puppy to eliminate: Use the same phrase every time you take your puppy outside to go potty. This will help them associate the phrase with the action of going potty.
- Reward the puppy with treats and praise when they do eliminate in the designated area: As soon as your puppy finishes going potty, reward them with a treat and plenty of praise. This positive reinforcement will help your puppy learn that eliminating in the designated area is a good thing.
- Continue to take the puppy to the designated potty area regularly throughout the day: Puppies have small bladders and need to go outside often. Take your puppy outside every 2-3 hours, as well as after meals and playtime.
- Watch for signs that the puppy needs to go such as sniffing, circling, or whining: Puppies often give signs that they need to go potty. Watch for these signs and take your puppy outside immediately if you notice them.
- If the puppy starts to eliminate inside, quickly interrupt them with a loud noise such as a clap and immediately take them outside to the designated area: If your puppy starts to go potty inside, interrupt them with a loud noise such as a clap to stop them. Then, take them outside to the designated area to finish going potty.
- Reward the puppy when they eliminate in the designated area: As before, reward your puppy with treats and praise as soon as they finish going potty in the designated area.
- Start to increase the time between potty breaks gradually: As your puppy becomes more familiar with the routine, start to increase the time between potty breaks by 15-30 minutes.
- Continue to watch for signs that the puppy needs to go: Even as you increase the time between potty breaks, continue to watch for signs that your puppy needs to go outside.
- If the puppy has an accident, do not scold or punish them. Simply interrupt them and take them outside to the designated area: Accidents will happen, so it’s important not to punish your puppy for them. Simply interrupt them with a loud noise, take them outside to the designated area, and reward them for going potty outside.
- Reward the puppy for eliminating outside: As always, reward your puppy with treats and praise every time they go potty in the designated area outside.
- Continue to gradually increase the time between potty breaks: By now, your puppy should be able to go longer between potty breaks. Continue to gradually increase the time between breaks by 30-45 minutes.
- Watch for signs that the puppy needs to go: Keep an eye out for signs that your puppy needs to go potty and take them outside immediately.
- Be consistent with taking the puppy to the designated area: Consistency is key when it comes to toilet training a puppy. Stick to the routine you’ve established and take your puppy to designated area.
Remember to be patient and consistent with your training, as every puppy learns at their own pace. With time, patience, and lots of positive reinforcement, you can successfully toilet train your puppy in just 7 days!