Toilet Training or House Breaking
your puppy or Dog
2 : Toilet Training or House Breaking your puppy
birth, a puppy does not hear or see. They only have the smell
senses at birth. It is this strong smell senses that toilet training of
a puppy should begin at day one after birth. Otherwise, toilet
training will be very difficult later on. It will take a very
much longer time and great patient is needed.
eyes will be opened only after 10 to 12 days after birth. The hearing
will only begin to develop after 21 days. When the
puppy’s sight and hearing develop, their ability to smell
The sleeping and eating place of the puppies have to be kept
very clean. Frequent cleaning and changing of underlying
paper, if paper is used, is a must. This will instill a habit
of cleanliness on the puppy and they will not pee and poop in
By the 3rd
weeks, when the puppies are more mobile, a separate potty
station has to be setup a short distant from their sleeping
The potty station should be a color that is different from the
floor color in the eyes of the puppies. If the floor is white,
a blue potty station will be very distinctive from the floor.
place newspaper in the potty station as shown.
cannot hold their bladder much and many accidents of peeing
outside the potty station will happen. You need to clean up
the pee and any of their poop stain brought out from the potty
station when the puppies step on it. Keep the potty station as
smelly as possible. Keep their sleeping and playing space have
to be kept as clean as possible.
smell sense of puppies is very good, you have to ensure the
pee and poop stains are cleaned up properly. Normal cleaner
liquid may not remove the smell stain. White vinegar which is
pretty inexpensive can be used to remove the smell stain.
By the 6
or 7 weeks, you will be amazed that all the puppies go to the
potty station to poop or pee. But, sometimes the will be poops
and pees just outside the potty station. This is because they
start to poop when their head is already in the potty station
but their butts is outside the potty station.
Important Note :
1) The sleeping space should not be too large. For one puppy,
a fenced space of 3 feet by 6 feet will work fine. As the
puppy grows bigger, you have to increase the space slowly.
Each time there is accident, reduce the space. Do not suddenly
give the puppy the whole garden space. They will be confused
and start to poop or pee anywhere.
potty station should not be too far away from their sleeping
space in the beginning. It must be large enough for the puppy
to move in a circle within it.
have to decide a space where you want you puppy to poop and
pee when they grow up. The potty station has to place there.
Keep the potty station location fixed.
the puppy is 6 months old, you may remove the potty station
and watch whether your puppy knows how to go to the designated
space to poop and pee. If your puppy is confused, place back
the potty station and try removing it again in a month’s time.
you see the puppy pooping or peeing in the potty station,
immediately say the word “toilet” or any other word that you
like to use. Praise the puppy and give the puppy his favorite
reward when he has finished his business. The command used
here will be useful when the puppy grows up. You can use the
command when you want the puppy to poop or pee at the right
place just after his meal or before taking him out to the