Is there anything worse?
You wake up in the morning the sun is shining and its another beautiful
day. You come out of your bedroom and discover your puppy rolling
around in his poo! Hmmm.
It’s going to be 30-45 minute clean up minimum. You’re going to be
running late today for sure.
Is there anything more frustrating?
You take your puppy or 1 year old dog outside to pee-pee. After they go
pee-pee, you return inside. Within seconds of coming inside your dog
decides to continue with a little sprinkle all over your new rug.
Surely toilet training a puppy or a dog should not take this long or be so
You’re right. It shouldn’t and it isn’t. The thing is this…
There’s no magic wand but there are a heap of little tricks that will turn
your puppy’s toileting around and you are probably not using most of
The crazy thing is that most people don’t do any of these things
because they have never been told exactly what to do. Nobody has
ever explained how important these little things are when you are toilet
training your puppy.
And they are all simple and all logical. So let me point you in the right
direction with a couple of them so you can get the idea and then I’ll tell
you about the most awesome toilet training resource that I found for
those of you who are interested.
1. Staying calm:
Firstly the thing that you have to accept is that you are responsible. Like
training a young child or baby to use a potty. You can’t blame them for
not being toilet trained and take your frustrations out on them.
In fact, it can really set you back. Becoming angry, shouting at your
puppy, being annoyed will do nothing to encourage them to relax and
follow your commands to toilet outside!
Imagine trying to go to the toilet with an angry frustrated person
standing there staring at you!
So all of that rubbish about rubbing a dog’s nose in it to show them not
to do it again, is simply old school and so out of date. People who do
this sort of stuff have completely missed the point.
Think about it…
Why do you think your puppy pee-peed in the house?
Because they needed to go. Right?
They were holding on, probably bursting, needed to go and so they
thought, “OK, I gotta go pee-pee…like NOW!”
And if the door was shut as well, then what do you expect?
Your puppy is not vindictive, or trying to wind you up.
So when you rub your puppies nose in it…they are still not sure where
they are supposed to go.
Repeat…They are still not sure where they are supposed to go.
Got it yet?
So when you start telling your puppy off for going pee-pee in front of the
couch all you are doing is telling your puppy that this is not the right
place. Try somewhere else…
“They are still not sure where they are supposed to go!”
That’s right. You need to show them. You need to train them. That’s why
its called toilet training.
2. Stay focused on the goal:
Its odd that the biggest mistake that people make with toilet training is
the most important one. Most people take their eye off the goal too soon
and start telling poor puppy off when they get it wrong. The secret is
Keep rewarding your puppy with amazing treats every time they go
toilet in the right place…
That’s right. Every single time. With amazing treats. For a long time!
Nothing will motivate your puppy faster than rewarding them with a
couple of amazing tasting little treats immediately after they have
Notice I say immediately. Not 30 seconds later… It should be within 2
seconds. Too late and the connection to the pee-pee they just did will be
lost. Get your treat in their mouth quick and they will very quickly start to
link the two.
The Ah-Ha moment is when your puppy thinks… “So if I pee-pee on the
grass you give me the most amazing treat?” “OK…Deal!”
Unfortunately most of us will reward for a week or two and then stop.
We forget, get bored, run out of treats or can be bothered.
One little tip I heard on a great 40 minute toilet training audio the other
day is to leave a jar with treats outside by the pee-pee area so that even
if you forget to take treats out with you there are already some at hand.
3. It does take time
Remember that puppies are still young and small. They are still learning
and it will take time. Anyone with young children will tell you…
Toilet training takes TIME and PATIENCE! Sometimes 3 years or more
for young children.
Think about this for a second.
How old is your puppy? 16 weeks! Children can’t even lift their own
heads at that age and we become frustrated that our puppy isn’t
perfectly toilet trained by that age…
So take a breath and relax. The good news is that you can do it and
your puppy is perfectly normal.
So focus on the successes and learn to quickly put the mistakes behind
you. It’s great learning for life. Look to see what you could have done
differently but don’t beat yourself up. We’ve all been there and the good
news is that its not forever.
4. The rug
This is just a little tip I heard from that toilet training audio file I
mentioned earlier that I’ll tell you about in a second. It made me smile
because it is exactly what happens all the time.
Here’s the scenario…
Your puppy finds a nice thick piece of rug that is not the carpet. The rug
feels nice, a bit like grass and looks like it is a good place to go pee pee.
They go pee-pee or even worse poo-poo!
Unfortunately for you it is your brand new, thick, white, shag pile rug and
its very hard to get the stains and smell out of.
Even when carefully cleaned, your puppy can still smell the pee and
poo and so now it even smells like a good place to go. Before long your
beautiful expensive shag pile rug is a very costly toilet mat.
The secret is simple. Pick it up and put it back down in 6 months time
in perfect condition. No stains, no marks, no regrets. Trust me on the
shag pile rug. Do not take the chance! It is a very slippery slope.
5. Knowledge is everything:
When it comes to toilet training there really are so many things to think
about and you will simply not think of them all on your own. You need to
be told the secrets before your toileting goes pear-shaped.
And the best place that I have found by far to get hold of all the tips
about dog and puppy training including toilet training is Doggy Dan’s
website The Online Dog Trainer. Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the
site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do today is take a look
inside the site!
Inside the site are over 250 videos including a whole section with an
amazing 40 minute recording on toilet training your puppy. It’s fantastic
and covers off everything that you could possibly want to know.
Here’s a couple of tips to give you an idea of what’s inside.
– Those tricky times. What to do during the night and when you are at
work to prevent accidents. How long to leave them and what to leave
– Setting your puppy up to win so that they can’t make mistakes.
– Why some older puppy’s regress at 4 months old and why you need to
get them back on track immediately.
– Older dogs. Why much older dogs who are several years old can
suddenly start going toilet in the house and what to do to stop it.
– Habit Breaking. How to break an old habit if your puppy is toileting all
over the house.
– Crate training. Everything you need to know about crate training your
puppy if you choose to use that approach.
Plus all the tips, and advice on every topic to do with toilet training such
as cleaning up the mess, feeding, watering and toilet frequency and
So that’s all for now. As you can see it’s a big topic. I hope you’ve
enjoyed reading this and that you get a handle on your puppy’s toileting
sooner rather than later.
If you really are struggling and want to end all the frustration
immediately then I strongly suggest you take a look at Doggy Dan’s site The Online Dog Trainer and check out the Toilet Training section inside
Remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!