How to toilet train your dog

By Amy Pearson, APDT Advanced Dog Trainer & We Love Pets Franchisee 

Three top tips to toilet training 

Frequency is key!

Take your puppy out every two hours, straight after he eats and whenever he drinks. Even during the night, he needs these regular trips, I know setting your alarm for every two hours seems extreme but it’s worth it in the long run the less accidents that occur the quicker your pup will learn and the quicker you can get back to a normal sleeping routine!

Don't tell your puppy off

Do not scold your puppy if he goes in the wrong place. This is a common mistake; your puppy is more likely to learn not to go to the toilet in front of you as it will be told off than it is to learn not go in that area! This can lead to all sort of problems so it is best just to ignore it and when he does go in the right place, give him lots of praise. He’ll soon get the idea!

Buy a really good cleaner

Buy a cleaner that is specifically designed for animal smells. If the smell isn’t eliminated properly your puppy may be encouraged the go in an undesirable location again because he can smell himself there.

Written by Amy Pearson

My special knowledge is all around dog training. I love trick training especially and have recently become a Canine Hoopers instructor. I think training shouldn't be about your dog obeying commands, but about your dog having fun learning with you. I've worked with dogs for around 15 years and trained at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. My own two dogs are completely different to each other! I have one little Maltipom called Rascal and a large German Shepherd called Fen - both are adorably daft! My two cats rule the house really though. What's so great about having a pet is that no matter how rubbish your day has been, they are always there to make you feel better! A house isn't a home without them.

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