Puppies usually need to urinate
almost immediately after waking up, so try to
be there to take your puppy straight outside.
Try to fix a particular for your dog to use
as a toilet (the familiar smell will then give
him a clue later) as soon as he goes to the
toilet reward/praise him and try and use a keyword
for him to get used to.
When young, puppies will have very poor bladder
control, and need to urinate at least every
hour or two, so aim to take him outside at
Eating a meal will stimulate the puppy’s
digestive system, and they will generally
want to urinate within fifteen minutes of
eating, and defecate within half an hour of
Try to feed to a schedule and avoid feeding
near to bedtime and do not leave accessible
Take your dog out first thing in the morning.
Take him out as late as possible at night.
If you have left your dog alone for some time
let him out when you return.
When you dog is new it may be you have to
take him out in the middle of the night if
you hear he is distressed.
As the dog gets older and used to these routines
it will be possible to leave him longer.
During the day try to stay vigilant, you will
notice the tell-tale signs that your dog needs
the toilet; they tend to walk in circles often
sniffing as they go.
Any time you take your dog out you must often
be prepared to wait, it might have seemed
like an emergency in your house but dogs (especially
puppies) can be easily distracted outside.
Try to remain patient and offer praise when
No matter how attentive and diligent you are
during the house training process there is
bound to be the odd slip up. Don't worry about
it, just ensure that you clean mistakes up
thoroughly, including the use of an odour
neutraliser to take away any lingering smell
David W Bates www.doggy-blog.co.uk