Toilet training puppies and dogs

Keep your home clean and fresh smelling when toilet training puppies with these top tips from practising vet Richard Allport.

1. Start early

Start early


Show your puppy the garden or area where they can go to the toilet as soon as you bring them home to get them familiar with the area.

2. Understand your puppy's schedule

Understand your puppy's schedule


Puppies have weak bladder control and need to urinate at least every hour or two, or more frequently if the puppy gets excited, such as after play or an exploration session. Understanding your puppies schedule will become easier to recognise as you get to know your puppy.

3. Keep a routine

Keep a routine


Feed your pets at the same time every day. This is especially important when toilet training.

4. Get to know your puppy

Get to know your puppy


There are bound to be indications before they need to go to the toilet, for example sniffing one area a lot, raising their tail or going round in a circle; whenever you see a sign that your puppy might need to go, take them to the toilet area.

5. Encourage your puppy

Encourage your puppy


Take your puppy to the toilet area whenever they need to go. Make sure you give them lots of praise when they relieve themselves. Don't scold your puppy if they make a mess in the house - this will simply confuse them.

6. Accidents happen!

Accidents happen!


Don't worry see our step by step guide to cleaning carpets, rugs and floors if your pet has had an accident.

Top Tip

Keep a diary of when your puppy eats, sleeps, urinates and defecates, to help recognize their schedule.