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Doggie Toilet Training, Trouble-Shooting

Sometimes the ‘penny’ refuses to drop in the right place.

If training your puppy is a struggle, see if any of the following scenarios are familiar and learn how to correct them.

#1: The Garden Gallivanter

The dog needs to toilet, so you pop her out into the yard. Half an hour later, you let the dog back in. But to your horror, she runs through and toilets on the carpet.

What’s Happening Here?

In the garden, the dog quickly gets distracted and has a fun time chasing leaves and digging a hole. When she’s called back indoors, a full bladder jogs her memory and she squats on the carpet.

What’s the Answer?

My puppy training tipsare to put the dog on a leash, stay with her, and reward the dog when she toilets in the right place.

The idea is to encourage the dog to concentrate on the job at hand. You need to ignore any attempts at play, stand still and only interact when she sniffs the toilet spot. Then praise her and when she squats say “Yes” in a happy, excited voice.

If the dog doesn’t go after 10 minutes, take her back inside, but watch her closely. At the first sign of sniffing to toilet, back on with the leash and rush her outdoors.

#2: The Master of Secrecy

Toilet training your puppy seems to be going well. Then you track a bad smell to behind the sofa. Suspicious this isn’t the first offense, you discover numerous wet patches behind other pieces of furniture, and realize the dog has been hiding his misdeeds rather than go outside.

What’s Happening Here?

The dog feels inhibited about toileting in front of you. It might be the pup was once chastised when relieving himself indoors and, instead of learning he mustn’t soil the carpet, thinks you detest his bodily waste and does his best to be secretive.

What’s the Answer?

Take training your puppy back to basics. Don’t leave him unattended and take him out regularly for toilet breaks. Clicker training may help, as you can keep far enough away if he’s wary of being told off, but are still able to mark when he does good.

In addition, thoroughly deodorize his secret toilet spots, so the scent doesn’t draw him back. Oh, and of course, never punish a puppy for messing inside. It will backfire on you.

#3: The Home Body

No matter how long you walk the dog, he holds on and relieves himself back home in the yard.

What’s Happening Here?

In the past, the dog was taken for ‘toilet walks’. He learned that immediately he relieved himself, the walk ended and you turned for home. He taught himself to ‘hold on’ so that the walk (and fun) continued.

What’s the Answer?

Never turn for home straight after the dog toilets. Instead, give him lots of praise and extend the walk with a trip to the park or another circuit around the block.

Happy puppies, everyone!