Like babies, puppies have very little bladder control so don’t be surprised if you encounter.
“accidents” during the first few weeks or even moths of the pup’s life. In this Chapter, we’ll talk about the different things you can do to speed up the toilet training process.
Designated Pre-Toilet Trained Area
It’s usually best to keep the pooch contained in a single room of the house while he hasn’t mastered toilet training yet. This will keep you from finding wet puddles and poop all over the house. The kitchen would be the best place – just install some baby fencing to prevent the pup from wandering around. His food, water and bedding should be kept in one corner of the kitchen, preferably somewhere easily seen as you enter the kitchen door.
Watch Out for Signs
Start spreading newspapers around the room just in case the puppy needs to go to the toilet really bad. Head bent down, sniffing is usually the most common sign that the pup is looking for a place to pee/poop. When you see this, invite the pooch over to the newspapers and encourage him to do his business there. If he manages to pee/poop exactly on the newspaper, praise him for a job well done and offer a treat. Do this continuously and pretty soon, the pooch will understand that going to the bathroom on the newspaper makes his owner happy.
Timing Is Everything
Of course, you can’t expect the pup to use the newspapers as his bathroom forever! The newspapers are simply there as a “back up plan” just in case the pup finds himself really needing to go but no human to let him out. As the owner however, it’s best to let the pooch out every day so that he can ‘go’ outside. The best time for this is in the morning before breakfast or at night after dinner. By maintaining a constant schedule of exercise-food-sleep, your pooch will enjoy regular bowel movements. This way, even if you leave him alone at home, you’re 100% sure that there are no nasty surprises waiting.
Introducing the Crate
The crate is also another great tool to teach dogs’ bowel control. Dogs naturally don’t poop/pee where they sleep, hence their reluctance to use the crate as their bathroom. You can use this to your advantage by simply keeping the pup in the crate until it’s time for them to go out. For example, if your schedule permits you to take the dog out for a bathroom break at 6 in the morning, make sure he stays inside the crate until 6AM rolls in. By doing so, he’d be able to wait until the proper time comes. Note though that the size of the crate matters. It should be just big enough for the pooch to circle in; otherwise if it’s too big, it will still encourage pooping in the crate.
Pooping on Command
Some trainers like to teach their dog how to poop on command – something you can do as well. The trick is to wait for the pup to start circling, waiting for an area where he can do his business. Once you see him assuming the position, say your command word like “Doggy has to go!” making sure that the words are clear and distinct. Choosing unique words (something that probably wouldn’t be said during a normal cause of events) would be best to ensure that the pooch doesn’t get confused when out in public. Once the pup is done pooping, praise him for the achievement and provide a treat! Do this every time he poops where he’s supposed to until the words and actions register.
Remember, part of being a responsible pet owner is picking up after your pup’s poops! When out in public, make sure you’re carrying a scooper or some tissue paper.