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Toilet training your puppy

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Toilet training can be one of the trickiest parts of training your new puppy and can take a very long time to sort out. It’s important to remember that all dogs learn at different speeds, so bear with them – they will get there in the end!

Puppies should be actively taken outside every 40 minutes, even if the back door is left open.  

As soon as you see signs that your puppy is about to toilet (e.g. ground sniffing, circling, positioning) say your toileting cue (e.g. “wee wees” or “toilet”). Praise your pup as they toilet outside then give a small treat as soon as they finish.

It's also important to take them outside after eating, drinking and sleeping. Try to avoid using puppy pads - make it clear from the start that outside is where to go.

If your puppy toilets in the house, do not respond, otherwise you risk them becoming coprophagic (eating their own faeces) or toileting in hidden locations to disguise the fact they've been. Put your pup in another room while you clean with a solution of biological washing powder.

 If you catch them in the act, quickly interrupt - make a silly noise and take them outside (carry if necessary). Hopefully they will finish outside and you can reward as usual.

Puppy training parties

We now host puppy training and socialisation parties at our branches in Longwell Green, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton.

Everything a puppy discovers in the first 16 weeks will last for life. Puppies benefit enormously from socialisation and training and we invite all new puppy owners to join our Puppy Parties. 

The parties will help you to understand, train and really bond with your pet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  You will be free to chat to the trainers and staff who are there to answer all your questions.

Puppy party training courses consist of 4 one-hour sessions and cost £40. All puppies must be vaccinated and under 17 weeks of age at the start of the course.

For more information or to book a place, contact your nearest surgery.


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