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Puppy Toilet Training

Start training between 7 and 8 weeks of age.

Confine your puppy in a certain area (e.g. kitchen, laundry, verandah or in a crate) to give it a sense of security when you are not home or at night. The confined area will be similar to the wolf den. Leave a radio or light on with the puppy. Gradually expand this area as the puppy learns not to eliminate in it or destroy things.

If the puppy is confined for more than 2 to 3 hours provide a small area of substrate within this “den” such as newspaper or kitty litter for the puppy to eliminate in. Also
provide bedding, water, food and toys. Puppies learn preferences for certain eliminating surfaces or substrates.

Training to preferred substrates such as grass as a toileting area straight away is ideal. However, there may be circumstances when the puppy can’t be taken outside every 2 to 3 hours such as overnight. Newspaper, puppy training pads or kitty litter can be alternatives at these times. However, the puppy may learn to seek out newspaper instead and this may be the paper lying on the floor that you haven’t yet read!

Toilet Training Tips

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