How to toilet train your new puppy

A mother dog will clean up after her litter of newborn babies for up to about three weeks; after three weeks she will stop and the breeder helps to take charge.

A puppy cannot hold himself at this time of his life and puppies could relieve themselves up to 12 or more times a day.  By eight to ten weeks old, a puppy is ready to go to his new home but may not have been toilet trained yet.

When you bring home your new pet, he will generally give you a signal that he wants to go to the toilet by moving around in circles.

The good news is that a puppy will get up in a morning, eat breakfast and then want the toilet.  At first a puppy may want to go and toilet around his dog bed or dog cage.   Your puppy will naturally want to go to the toilet away from his feeding area.

Start to take advantage of this by placing a newspaper in a nearby place. Once you see his signals, place your pet on the paper until he gets the idea.

It is important that a new puppy is not scolded for toileting in the wrong area.

Once a puppy has got the idea, start to move the paper nearer to the back door. Showing him where it is at each move.

The aim is for your puppy to have his injections and then be allowed out to go to the toilet. If there is a slight setback start your puppy off on the paper again.