Toilet training puppy

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MotherOfAllChristmases Mon 30-Dec-19 20:12:02

How long does it take?
The constant cleaning up is starting to get to me. Pup is only 9 weeks 😳

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MotherOfAllChristmases Mon 30-Dec-19 20:30:58

(I should add that she's adorable & perfect in all other ways!)

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MadameLeFunky Mon 30-Dec-19 20:31:25

Weeks yet.

If your puppy is reliably dry by about 5-6 months old then you're about on track.

At the moment he doesn't have the muscle control to hold his bladder/bowels so will just go as soon as he needs to.

However, you should be taking him out every 30 mins, plus immediately after eating, drinking, sleeping, playing plus whenever he looks like he might want to go (pacing,s niffing, circling, searching). This will ensure minium accidents to clean up.

Every single accident he has indoors delays the process. Every single time he goes outside it speeds it up.

MadameLeFunky Mon 30-Dec-19 20:31:42

she sorry (not he)

EowynDernhelm Mon 30-Dec-19 20:43:40

Our last puppy took about four months to be 100% reliably house trained. It does feel like forever at the time, and you do start to think it will never happen, especially when they have an accident after weeks of being clean, but they do eventually get there. Puppies do vary too. We had a previous puppy who only ever had one accident in the house, but this last has had many!

MotherOfAllChristmases Mon 30-Dec-19 21:35:36

Thank you! Good to know roughly how long it will take smile

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Helenluvsrob Mon 30-Dec-19 22:57:48

5 months in we have more or less cracked it
We still need to read him and always be with him if he’s not in the crate - mainly cis he prefers that but if he’s having a moment he’ll climb an fiddle with wires too 😂

Now it’s not raining all the time - that has helped.

Good luck. Wellies by the door at all times and a brolly and wear a warm top with zip pockets so you always have treats and bags on you - but pup can’t help themselves. It’s no fun trying to get a stolen poo bag off thrm😂


Madvixen Mon 30-Dec-19 23:06:05

Being a complete show off here but with our second rescue pup we had him totally dry within a fortnight of getting him. We used a puppy door bell and it was amazing!!!! They're only about a fiver on Amazon but they are just incredible. After the hell we had with rescue pup 1 and toilet training, this was a complete sanity saver.

MotherOfAllChristmases Mon 30-Dec-19 23:28:41

Oooh whats a puppy doorbell? @Madvixen

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SunbeamsOverhead Sun 12-Jan-20 09:13:32

What's a puppy door bell???

Motorina Sun 12-Jan-20 09:34:54

4-5 months is the best I’ve managed. (So the pup 6 or 7 months old). But I have beagles, which are notoriously stubborn to housetrain.

You have picked the worst time of year to do it, too. Sympathies. It will get easier.

Minster2012 Sun 12-Jan-20 09:47:29

It really depends on the puppy, of which the breed can play a part. Our pointer was dry the day after she arrived with us that was probably down to the breeder! Our cockapoo within a month.

@MadameLeFunky has great advice above, we crate trained ours which massively helped with not only toilet training but also most other things, stopping separation anxiety & having a safe place for them, being non destructive.

You can hang bells on the door handle you want them to go out of so they can “ask” that’s similar to a doorbell idea

MaryLennoxsScowl Sun 12-Jan-20 11:00:33

Mine never ever messed in his crate (would cry when he needed out) and we learned the signs for him needing out over the first couple of weeks and after that it was mainly human error that caused accidents. The trick for ours was to pick him up as soon as he finished a nap/meal/play session/he was circling, then shove feet into shoes and pick up keys/bags, as if you did it the other way round he’d have peed already (we are in a flat so had to carry him downstairs). By the time he was about 4 months you could make him wait while you got ready and run downstairs by himself before weeing, which made life easier. Then we started trying to test if he would ask out if not taken out as often and that caused a few more accidents and we concluded he would need out every hour and a half at that age (will vary). I put the rugs back down at 5 months and at 6 months he randomly did two wees inside for no obvious reason over a week, but since then has been dry (now nearly 7 months). He’s not the most obvious at asking out - he stares at me to ask!

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