How to toilet train your puppy

Are you a proud new puppy owner? Congratulations! One of the most important skills to teach your furry friend is how to use the toilet properly. Toilet training your puppy not only ensures a clean and hygienic living environment but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet. Follow this step-by-step guide to successfully toilet train your puppy.

1. Establish a Routine

Consistency is key when it comes to toilet training. Take your puppy out after a meal, drink, when waking up and after playing. Establish a regular schedule for your puppy and take them outside to the designated toilet area at the same times each day will help them understand when it's time to go.

2. Choose a Designated Toilet Area

Find a spot in your yard where you want your puppy to do their business. An area with real grass is ideal as your puppy with be naturally drawn to it. This will help them associate that area with toileting. If you don't have a yard or an area with grass Ultimutt Turf might be the perfect solution for you! Avoid, material potty pads as these will confuse your puppy about what's an appropriate potty surface.

3. Use Positive Reinforcement

Praise and reward your puppy every time they successfully use the toilet area. Positive reinforcement, such as treats or verbal praise, will encourage them to repeat the behavior. Avoid punishment or scolding, as it can confuse and discourage your puppy.

4. Supervise and Monitor

Keep a close eye on your puppy, especially during the early stages of toilet training. Watch for signs that they need to go, such as sniffing, circling, or whining. When you notice these signs, immediately take them to the designated toilet area. 

5. Clean Accidents Properly

If your puppy has an accident indoors, clean it up promptly and thoroughly. Use an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate any lingering odors, as dogs are more likely to repeat the behaviour in the same spot if they can still smell their own scent.

6. Be Patient and Persistent

Toilet training takes time and patience. Take your puppy out to the toilet roughly every 30 minutes throughout the day to avoid accidents. Remember that accidents are a normal part of the process, and your puppy is still learning. Stay consistent, provide positive reinforcement, and be persistent in your efforts.