Puppy Toilet Training

Updated: Jul 15


Consistency is key! Puppies don’t know automatically where they must do their business, it takes time and patience.

Take your puppy out to toilet at the same spot:

  • First thing in the morning and last thing at night

  • After sleeping, playing, eating, drinking

  • Approx every hour during the day and every 3-4 hours at night (puppy can only hold their bladder through the night from 6 months)

Don’t carry your pup, guide/coax them to the spot so they can learn to walk there on their own, when your pup has finished reward them IMMEDIATELY afterwards with praise and a treat you have on hand.


Management! Don’t allow puppy free access to your house, keep doors closed and puppy in one area where you can keep an eye on them. Watch for behaviours such as sniffing the ground and circling as signs they need to go outside.


Mistakes will happen. DO NOT punish your puppy by rubbing their nose in it or smacking them with rolled newspaper or the like. They didn’t do it on purpose and this will only harm your developing relationship with your pup and teach them to eliminate when you aren’t around. This can lead to a few surprises in odd spots around the house and also make it difficult for them to eliminate in front of you when outside.


Interrupt if the puppy is weeing and take them to the correct spot outside and reward for finishing there. If puppy is defecating let them finish and remove puppy outside before cleaning up.


Clean the area with Sunlight liquid or Biogen Classic to break down the smell of the elimination, to be extra sure then rub over with rubbing alcohol or vodka. Do not use products that contain ammonia as this is similar to the smell of urine and will attract puppy back to the same spot.


A little patience and consistency and your new pup should quickly learn to do their business outside!


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