Sep 5, 2008, 9:33 PM
Post #2 of 6
I'm not sure if they can be trained to pee/poo at several spots around the house. It may be confusing for them actually but I like to stressed that it may not be impossible....just in case someone has successfully done so. However, if your dog is most of the time indoor, then I suggest to just stick to one spot. It's easier to train that way.
For the benefit of those just started to train their puppy, the idea most effective is to confine them to a restricted area from the very begining. I share with you from my experience of bringing home a 7 weeks old pup (that was 9 months ago). I immediately started the toilet training routine. First, identify which toilet/area which you intend to train your pup to do her business but make sure this toilet is not used by anyone in the house. It will be the pup's home till he/she grows or rather successfully trained. First, I confined my pup only to the shower area. Her cage takes up about 1/3 of the space. I place her water/food/towel/toys/etc in the cage and newspapers on the remaining 2/3 of the space outside the cage. Now, in most cases, the pup will not poo in her cage when she knows that that's where she eats/sleeps/chew her toys. Of course, the door of the cage must remain open all the time. They will surely come out to the newspaper area occasionally to explore. You must buy those potty training droplets to put on the papers so that your pup recognize that that's where they do their business. It will get messy because your pup will definately step all over the poo/pee and worst still, they start to shred the papers into pieces. It's very normal. But the key here is to let them know the papers is where they should pee/poo.
Once you see there is a consistency of your pup peeing/pooing outside the 2/3 area, then it will be time to expand the area. I then, place the cage outside the shower area but again with the cage door remains OPEN ALL THE TIME facing the shower area (also using my shower sliding door/screen to block of the remaining area so that my pup have no full access yet to the whole bathroom). Now, her pee/poo area is 100% the shower area and her sleeping/eating place is still inside her cage (Remember to feed her inside the cage at this stage, not outside yet). Forgot to mention that all this time, make sure that your toilet main door/windows remains open all the time for air circulation. We wouldn't want to make it uncomfortable for your furkid. You will notice that your pup will maybe prefer to come out to the newspaper are to play most of the time or even sleep but that's alright. As long as they are doing their business on the papers. After few days, it will be time to test your pup. Now, you should shift your cage to the entrance of the main door with her cage door open all the time facing inwards to the toilet. Now, I can only presume that your cage will be wide enough to block off the access to the rest of the house area. It should now act as your main toilet door. Your pup will now be able to have access to all area of the toilet. You will still need to lay newspapers on the shower area but as for rest of the toilet area - it will now be his/her play area. In theory, your pup will play alot now in this play area and when he/she needs to do her business, she should run to the shower area, not on the play area. The good thing about this setup is that he/she can view outside the toilet area now. Occasionally, during play time, remove the cage...let her out of the house to play but direct your pup back to the toilet with treats as a bait every now and then. This is to train your pup to know how to get back to the toilet on her own.
Watch her like a hawk when she's out from the toilet area because puppy usually can't hold very long. If you see any signs, immediately carry her to the shower area and place her on the newspaper and say "potty" or whatever word you are comfortable with. With much repetition and patience, I would say that your pup will be trained successfully. But again, my experience is only for small dogs. I think for larger breeds, potty training in the toilet area may not be so viable since there isn't much space for them to turn around when they are fully grown - better do it outside the house.
Once you pup is fully trained, you can use a tray as her potty area and no longer need to confine your dog.
Now, even after they are fully trained, they will have a habit to shred newspapers which makes me frustrated at the begining. Hence I came up with a solution that will help many of us. I have attached some pictures here but looks like my colleagues are rushing me to go lunch now. I will explain abit more the next time I login.
Hope the above information is helpful for those who needs it.