Hi, it’s Linda from Cause and Effect Dog Training again.

In the video today, we’re going to cover a big one, and that is toilet training. Toilet training doesn’t have to be stressful. Your puppy doesn’t have to make a lot of mistakes to learn it. It really is about consistency, and it’s about setting your puppy up to succeed. So when we’re talking about toilet training, we’re using those management strategies we’ve previously covered.. Puppies will generally go to the toilet after they’ve eaten, after they’ve had a drink, after they’ve woken up, after they’ve played, and sometimes because they have little, small bladders, they’ll just squat and wee wherever they feel like it. Part of your whole training strategy is to set them up so they don’t get to make those mistakes in the house, and that’s where we come back to the management tools.

When your puppy is in a house, you need to be watching him constantly. You want to either interrupt when you can see him starting to think about toileting. Puppies will usually go around in circles and sniff the ground. You can usually tell. So you simply just pick your puppy up, take him back outside to where you want him to toilet, and give a lot of praise for doing that. We also should use praise for doing what we want him to do. You can also put toileting on a cue to train your puppy to toilet when you ask which is very helpful when travelling to name one reason. So when he starts weeing, you can go, “Have a wee,” so he starts generalizing and understanding that that sound, which is “have a wee,” means, toileting.

So he’s being supervised in the house and interrupted if needed in the house to not make that mistake, but we’re are giving him the opportunity frequently, maybe every one to two hours, to go outside, and toilet outside in the right place, and then he’s getting praised for doing that. When done in this way, making every very clear to your puppy, the learning happens very quickly as to where they can and where they can’t toilet. When we’re managing and supervising a puppy in the house, they also learn bowel and bladder control, which is really important as well.

Something else you need to think about is if on the odd occasion that you are not paying the attention when you should, and your dog does get the opportunity to toilet in the house, never scold your puppy for doing that. It’s your fault, not his. He has no idea what he should be doing in the house. He’s still working it all out, but you’re supposed to be supervising him. So if he’s toileted in the house, don’t make a big deal of it. Just pick him up, take him outside to where he should go, and clean it up. You need to clean it up with appropriate products that will get rid of the smell, so your puppy is not attracted back to that area again. Never, ever reprimand your puppy after the event.