These notes are equally relevant if you need to house train your dog.
Without doubt, the best way to house or toilet train your puppy is management - Let the puppies out often! Your puppy will need to go to the toilet - when they've woken up - when they've had a wee play session (oops, sorry about the pun!) - when they've had a wee training session - before or after they've eaten - and that's all true, even if all these different things have happened all together in the space of half an hour. They have very small bladders and little control, so anything which changes what they're doing may make them need to go again. Here's some hints and tips on house training.....
For more detailed help, please see our Puppy House Training Guide.
More questions answered:What age should a puppy be house trained? It should probably take about 2-4 weeks to house train your puppy. Smaller dogs with smaller bladders can take longer. What we're talking about here though is the desire for your puppy to toilet outside - not how long they can last. Frequent visits outside to ensure that that's where all toileting happens is still key to maintaining good behaviour.
If you think your puppy or dog is peeing just too much, or house training is taking too long, please do contact your vet. Urinary infections are really quite common. Usually this means the puppy needs to 'go' more often. It looks like house training failure, but it's really just about having too much urine to get rid of / too much pressure on the bladder.
Can dogs get urine infections? Yes indeed. As noted above. It is far more common than you might think, so again, please do speak to your vet who can do a simple test and either a) get rid of your concerns or b)treat the infection. This can make significant improvement in your house training problems. Apart from anything else - if your puppy or dog gets an infection and toilets in the house, then they are getting into a situation where they are realising that it's ok to do the toilet inside.
About - Puppy Separation Anxiety - or dog separation anxiety. If your dog or puppy is anxious or stressed, then they will most likely feel the need to toilet more often. It a biological thing! Obviously the root to fixing this is to help them to not be anxious or scared about being left. Things that can help:
If you've taken on a rescue dog and they are toileting in the house then really there are 2 stages to house training. The first is setting up a regime in your household to ensure that they get out often, and then to praise them outside. The second then is trying to figure out what's gone wrong - are they scared in the garden - too excited - scared of toileting out on a walk? There are lost's of possibilities. These are discussed and solutions outlined in the book below
Above all, don't clean up with normal household cleaners. The ammonia in them simply makes things worse. Use an enzymatic product such as Fizzion.
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