Toilet training can be tough.
And without your full focus and attention, training your pup to “go potty” in the right place can often take much longer than you expect. But it can be done! I assure you.
When we first got Lebron, I had one goal. And that was to get him completely toilet trained in under 6 weeks (and I’m happy to say we did it!).
Here are five things we did to make it happen:
1. Study up
I recommend Teach Your Dog 100 English Words to every new Frenchie owner! This ebook was a lifesaver for me (and addressed so much more than just Toilet Training).
2. Invest in the right tools
I will never stop singing the praises of the Potty Training Puppy Apartment (PPTA). You can see more about why we love it so much here (plus you can get a sneaky discount code to take some dollars off). It also comes with an awesome DVD — which was super helpful.
3. Word association
Using a particular phrase or word to signal to your pup what you want them to do can help train the behaviour. We used “go potty” for Lebron and would say it anytime we put him in his PPTA, or outdoors on his grass patch (we live in an apartment with a balcony so rarely took him downstairs just to go to the toilet)
4. Watch closely
You can always tell when your pup is about to “go potty” because they do a little dance — at that point, we would pick him up and put him on his “potty” whether it was the PPTA or outside. Also, a good practice is to take them to their potty area as soon as they wake up, after a big play, and always after they have eaten or had a big drink. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!
5. Catch them in the act
If you do catch your pup in the act of “going potty” in the wrong place, let them know it’s wrong with the word “no” or “uh uh” and some strong body language. Then immediately whisk them off to their correct place and use your associated word with the action. As I mentioned earlier — we used “go potty” for Lebron.
Funnily enough, we never used treats for Lebron when he did the right thing. All good behaviour (when it came to toilet training) was simply rewarded with lots of pets and saying “good boy”.
Hopefully, some of these tips can help you through the toilet training phase.