Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Anna, thank heavens dogs are easier to toilet train than children! This is simple to do but does require you to be vigilant and consistent. A pup of your dogs age will, on average, eliminate just after waking up, after eating, after drinking, after playing etc. To give you an idea, the average 8 week old pup needs to eliminate about every 2 hours. If you see the pup smelling or circling, then pick it up and take it outside immediately and perform the following. The act of picking the pup up will cause the spincter muscles to contract and stop it eliminating. After the pup has eaten etc, take it outside to the designated area for elimination saying 'wee, wee's' or similar and the second the pup performs, say 'good wee wee's' and give a treat. Make the running outside to go to the toilet a fun event, getting the pup to run after you and saying 'wee wee's', over and over. A pup/dog will always work for what is rewarding, and getting to go outside with 'mum', performing the elimination (which is rewarding in itself) and then getting a treat for doing so, helps to make the process of toilet training quicker to learn. Keep the pup in a crate or box at night and take it out before you go to bed and when you hear it crying to get out. A dog seldom eliminates where it sleeps and this will help the training process. Good luck!
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