What is the most effective way to toilet train my puppy?
The simplest way to house train a puppy is to try and make sure that you do not allow your puppy the opportunity to make a mistake. This basically means that you should ensure that you take your puppy to the place you want it to eliminate at times when you can predict that the bowel and bladder will be full. This will be after meals, drinking, sleep and activity or play Lead, rather than carry, the puppy outside (or to the paper if you have chosen this method), when the puppy begins to sniff around and circle as if it wants to eliminate then begin to praise, gently so that you do not distract the puppy. You can teach your puppy to eliminate on command by matching this with a command such as ‘Hurry’. When your puppy has finished you can then give plenty of praise and perhaps a treat as reward. The more often you do this the quicker your puppy will pick this up. You should ensure that your puppy is supervised as much as possible so that you can prevent mishaps.