How To Toilet Train A Puppy

Getting a puppy is one of the most exciting things you can do. But, it doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time dog owner or an experienced pro, toilet training a puppy can feel like an impossible task. Just when you think you’re doing well, another accident happens!

While it does take time to toilet train a puppy, these are the steps you need to remember to make it easier and ensure your puppy is starting life on the right paw:

  1. Keep your puppy in a smaller area and remove any rugs
  2. Take them outside regularly
  3. Praise them when they do the right thing
  4. Don’t punish them if you find an accident
  5. Use a good pet odour & stain remover

So, here’s how to start toilet training your puppy.

Before you bring your puppy home, make sure you remove any rugs or use baby gates to fence off carpeted areas to avoid potential urine stains.

Cleaning dog urine off carpet can be tricky so it’s best to keep your new puppy away from these areas until you can trust them.

It is really important to understand that your puppy is unable to control their bladder at such a young age.

In human years, an 8-week old puppy is the equivalent of a 9-month-old child, but unlike a child, you cannot put a nappy on your puppy – although it may seem like it would be so much easier!

This means that it’s up to you to ensure your puppy has the best possible chance of learning when it’s ok to urinate and when they need to hold it.

How will I know my puppy needs to urinate?

At first, you should be taking your puppy to the toilet at these times

  • As soon as they wake up
  • After the eat or drink
  • After playtime
  • At least once an hour

Your puppy’s bladder is quite small, so they can’t hold in large amounts of urine. Taking them outside as often as possible gives them the chance to do the right thing and urinate or defecate outside.

A few weeks into the toilet training process, you might start to notice cues that your puppy gives before urinating or defecating.

Common signals that your puppy is about to urinate include:

  • Sniffing around
  • Biting or acting up
  • Crying or barking
  • Scratching at the door or gate

When you see your puppy do any of these signals, take them outside and wait for them to go to the toilet.

How do I reward my puppy for urinating outside?

When your puppy does the right thing and goes to the toilet outside, make sure you throw them a party! Give them lots of praise and pats to encourage them to do it again.

Give them a treat if you have one on you, but don’t make this a habit otherwise they might start to expect a treat every time they go outside and forget to actually urinate.

What happens if I catch my puppy urinating in the house?

The most important thing to remember is that you should never punish your puppy for doing something that is natural to them.

If you yell or run at them when they are going to the bathroom, they may become fearful of you and even start to go to the toilet in secret because they are scared to go in front of you.

This can lead to some very nasty surprises behind the couch or under the bed.

If you find an accident, don’t get angry at your puppy as they won’t be able to understand that you’re upset that they went to the toilet inside. Just make sure you clean it up well.

How do I clean up puppy pee?

It’s important to use a good dog urine carpet cleaner or floor cleaner when cleaning up an accident as dogs instinctively go to the toilet in the same place especially when there is already a scent there.

It is important that you use the right urine cleaner for your type of floor to reduce the damage cleaning may cause. Good Scruff has a range of dog urine cleaners that are made specifically for different types of flooring.

How to clean puppy pee off carpet

  • Make sure your puppy is removed from the area
  • Spray Good Scruff’s Dog Urine Remover & Stain Remover for carpet onto the area
  • Allow to soak for 2-3 minutes
  • Use a clean cloth to gently blot the area – don’t rub
  • Rinse cloth sparingly with water and repeat blotting
  • Allow area to dry completely before allowing pets or children near

How to clean puppy pee off floorboards & tiles

  • Make sure your puppy is removed from the area
  • Spray Good Scruff’s Urine Destroyer & Odour Eliminator for hard floors on and around the stain, saturating the area
  • Allow to soak for 2-3 minutes
  • Wipe area with clean, dry cloth or bristle brush if needed
  • Allow area to dry naturally & completely before letting children or pets near

How to clean puppy pee off concrete, marble & glazed tiles

  • Make sure your puppy is removed from the area
  • Apply diluted Good Scruff’s Patio Cleaner & Deodoriser onto the area
  • Wait 10 minutes then wash away with water or a hose.
  • Repeat as needed for stubborn stains
  • Allow area to dry naturally & completely before letting children or pets near

The best dog urine remover is one that is non-toxic, breaks down urine & stains and destroys the odour molecules that we can’t always smell, but your puppy can!

If you’re looking for a dog urine carpet cleaner or floor cleaner that will remove stains and pet odour from your home, Good Scruff is the brand for you.

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