Taking the right steps when toilet training puppies

Pitbull Puppy Training

Bringing home a new puppy, especially for families with children, is a fun and exciting time. The kids are excited, the puppy is excited, and then the excitement turns to fear and worry when the puppy starts soiling your carpet. Thus, the tedious process of toilet training puppies begins.

Generally, a puppy is ready to be adopted between the ages of 8-12 weeks. At that age, puppies will need to relieve themselves much more often than an adult dog. The first key to toilet training puppies is patience.

It’s generally advised by many industry experts that puppy owners should plan on taking time off after bringing a puppy home, preferably at least 1-2 weeks. Toilet training puppies involves constant supervision and vigilance, and for that reason, supervision is key.

Puppies will generally need to potty within 5-20 minutes of eating, playing or waking up. Understanding the needs of your puppy goes a long way in the success of toilet training puppies. As soon as your puppy has finished eating, take him outside on a leash, and try to utilize the same spot every time. Don’t allow the puppy to play during this time, as you want the focus to be specifically on the puppy doing his duty.

Reinforcing the learned behavior with a treat and soft words of encouragement is essential in toilet training puppies, as they will respond to your positive words.

When outside with your puppy, keep it tethered to a short leash. It’s important to keep the puppy close, giving it less opportunity to fail. Developing a bond while toilet training puppies is extremely important, as they learn to trust their owners and respond quicker to training.

One very basic thing to remember when toilet training puppies. Be patient! They are after all just puppies, and will occasionally make mistakes. Be firm in your commands without yelling, so as to confuse your puppy or send confusing signals. The positive bond that develops between puppy and owner will allow him to succeed that much quicker.