Toilet Training


Helping your new puppy learn where the toilet is can be a fairly straight forward process but it does take time. Accidents WILL happen as puppies don’t have much control over their growing bladder in the first few months. They will need to be given the opportunity to go to the toilet frequently, this may be as often as every hour initially.

Aim to get as many wees/poos in the right place so they develop good habits and associations of where to go to the toilet. When they are going in the garden, ensure you always wait until they have fully finished weeing before rewarding to ensure a fully emptied bladder.

When you need to go out or to bed, allow plenty of time, at least 15minutes, for your puppy to go outside for a wee so you aren’t rushing them.

Learning when your puppy is likely to go will help. These are the main times to take your puppy outside....

  • Every hour
  • At exciting times
  • After mealtimes
  • If they begin sniffing or circling
  • When they wake up
  • After burst of energy or play

If your puppy has an accident inside - IGNORE IT! You didn't read the signs, clear it up and try again next time. Telling your puppy off will not help and may make the toilet training process harder in the long run.

Our Top Tips

  • Set an alarm (or ask Alexa) for every hour so you don’t loose track of time.
  • Always go into the garden together so you can reward puppy when they go
  • Teach them to ring a bell so they can ask to go outside
  • Avoid using puppy pads as they often cause confusion.

Can we help you with your puppy training?

Whichever stage you're at in your new puppy journey we can provide support and knowledge to help you raise a happy puppy.

If you're waiting for puppy to arrive we can help you prepare with our So, you're getting a puppy webinar which supports you in preparing for puppy's arrival and surviving the first few days.

Has puppy just arrived and it's the first few weeks before puppy can get out and join a class, check out our Ready Steady Puppy 3 week virtual course to give your pup the best foundations in their journey.

Are you ready for puppy's first group class? Our 8 week Pawsome Puppies courses are suitable for puppies 9-16 weeks to help them grow in confidence.

Maybe your puppy has just completed a first course or are a little older, our Juniors class is a great progression to continue their training journey.

Would you like more tailored support, our New Puppy 121 Package will focus on your preferred training areas at a pace to suit you and your family.

If you're not sure which training option is right for you email or call us to and we'll be happy to help you choose the right option for you.