How To Toilet Train A Puppy While Working From Home
Creating a routine for your puppy to stick to will allow you to toilet train your puppy comfortably while you’re working from home. As much as we know you’d like to, it’s impossible to be with your puppy for every second of the day, especially if you have a full-time job.
House training a puppy through the use of a crate is a game-changer for full-time workers. Whether it's a pressing deadline that needs to be met or a meeting that you're trying to get through undisturbed, a crate allows you to keep your pup in a confined space to do their business while you finish the work at hand. Remember crate training isn't a long-term solution and puppies should only be contained inside the crate for a maximum of 2 hours.
Puppy pads (or potty pads) are another useful aid for toilet training your puppy. The greatest advantage of using puppy pads is the convenience - the clean-up is as easy as tossing away the old pad and laying down another in its place.
Oh, and of course frequent toilet breaks are a must.
How To Toilet Train A Puppy While At Work
If you're not currently working from home, then you may have to accept the fact that your puppy’s toilet training will progress a little slower while you’re at work.
Full-time dog owners often resort to enlisting the services of a dog walker or puppy daycare that can help facilitate the toilet training process when they're not home. Alternatively, you can section off an area of the house using a playpen, whilst covering the floor with old newspapers and puppy pads for your puppy to do their business on.
Having said that, we don't recommend leaving your puppy surrounded by their faeces for the whole day. If you're going to leave your puppy for more than a couple of hours then we suggest you enlist some help. Whether it be a neighbour, relative, or dog sitter, to come and check on your puppy throughout the day.
Leaving your puppy unsupervised in a crate or playpen with nothing to keep their minds stimulated can lead to aggressive, anxious behaviour that causes them to bark excessively or show signs of separation anxiety.
To keep your puppy entertained while you're away make sure you leave them with plenty of food and water, as well as their favourite toys and a bed to sleep on.
How To Toilet Train A Puppy At Night
To be successful in toilet training a puppy at night, calmly navigate them towards their toilet area before bedtime. At night, when they're feeling sleepy, puppies will often fall asleep instead of going to the toilet - which is why you need to wait and check to see whether they've gone to the toilet or not.
Although it’s tempting, avoid playing with your puppy at night - you want your puppy to learn that nighttime is for sleeping, so encouraging adverse behaviour may confuse your puppy or lead them to be quite energetic and restless during the night.
The most important rules to remember when toilet training your puppy is proper supervision, frequent toilet trips, implementing a toilet training schedule, and providing plenty of positive reinforcement. Combine that with a little patience and you'll start seeing results in no time!