One of the topics that always comes up when people think about getting a puppy is toilet training. How is it done? How long will it take? Will I be able to do it? These are normal and very significant questions to have when you think about puppies. Toilet training is the first and most important behavior that a puppy must learn in its young life.
Will you be able to do it? With some guidance, most people should be able to toilet train their puppy. You should be aware that just like children, puppies need to reach a level of physical and mental development before they can have control over their functions. It might be very difficult to toilet train a puppy that is less than 12 weeks old and you are going to need a lot of patience for this task with a puppy or dog of any age.
It takes less time to train older than younger puppies. Toilet Training can begin at any age, but as mentioned before, a certain age must first be reached. In fact, a puppy that is six months old might only take a few days to train. It will depend on your skill and patience.
A good way to start toilet training your puppy is to “paper train”. This means having the puppy “go” on a newspaper that is placed in a consistent spot. The next step will be to train the puppy to go beyond the door, outside. Of course there will be accidents, but this is normal for puppies. Toilet training involves a lot of patience and consistency, but don’t get discouraged, just keep at it and don’t lose your temper. Your puppy will learn and it will make your life so much easier.
Yes you can toilet train your puppy. Make sure that you don’t start too young. Try to start with paper training or some other method, but be patient and consistent. It will take between a few days and a few weeks depending on your puppy’s age and your skill.