The opportunity for going outside for puppy toilet training is the most important part of this training time schedule. The more often a dog goes to the toilet outside, the more he can be rewarded for it and the quicker he learns. Start by taking your puppy out at two-hour periods for three days. Then move to three-hour periods and up to four by the second week, continue at four-hour breaks until your puppy is toilet trained. Always watch your puppy for eliminating indoors as if practiced this can become normal. The extra effort now will pay off. If puppy does go indoors, you must take responsibility for that. Never punish the act because your puppy will not learn anything other than fear of you. Take puppy outside immediately and wait with him. Clean the area with an odour destroyer to prevent the urge to return to the same area for your puppy.
Always take puppy to the toilet outside after he has:
• Eaten and drank.
• Woken up.
• Has been playing.
• Has been in the crate.
• After training.
• After becoming excited.
• Always take your puppy out before bed
Each of the above activities will lead to toileting.
When you go outside follow the three steps below.
1. Take your puppy to the same spot outside as the smell will encourage elimination.
2. Wait with your puppy and use a cue word then immediately reward the act with some treats.
3. Return indoors together.
The cue word can be anything of you decide, it is important to remember to always say it while the pup is doing its business. Once it has learnt this word it should be able to go to the toilet on cue.
Moving your pup from pads inside to outside.
Initially you want to move the pad from where it is to closer to the door, your pup should know that the pad is the right spot to go to the toilet and actively search for it. After a day or two of it being by the door, move it to just outside the door. If the weather permits, keep the door open as much as possible so the pup can access it quite freely. After another day or two, close the door and keep a watchful eye on your pup, if you notice him heading for the door where the pad is, let him out to it. This should become common practice for a week until you can remove the pad altogether.