How to train your new puppy to pee and poop in the correct way.

House-breaking Puppies  - 3 Success Stories

First written: 12 June, 2010
ate:  05 April, 2015

Dr Sing Kong Yuen

Case 4/10  
First written; June 28, 2005
Updated:  April 1, 2015

Paper training 2 silkies, 2 toilet locations, working couple. Toa Payoh Vets
Success story: Paper Training Method for 2 puppies
Paper-training 2 Silkie Terriers in an apartment

Full-time toilet training - success comes early. Toa Payoh Vets.

Success story:  Paper Training Method
How a Singapore home breeder successfully paper-train 4 pups by 10 weeks old

Singapore puppy toilet training. Grate+ Pee Pan. Toa Payoh Vets

Success story: Grate + Pee Pan Method
Grate + Pee Pan Toilet Training of a small breed

The most common mistake most time-pressed Singapore puppy owners in this research is to let the puppy roam the entire apartment before he knows where he should pee and poo.

Restrict the new puppy or adopted dog to a small area for the first 2-4 weeks and watch for signs of elimination when let out. This forms the basis of house-breaking but few first-time owners are aware of this fundamental.  

Take the puppy out of the crate during the first week to play for half an hour per day but observe for signs of elimination --- squatting, sniffing, turning around. Carry the puppy onto elimination area (e.g. newspapers, pee pan) once you see signs and adopt positive reinforcement training (see below).

Put the puppy into the confined area quickly, say IN A FIRM TONE "pee here", praise and give food treats, go out to play or some fun activity if the puppy performs. A clicker may also be used successfully instead of the verbal command.

Forcing the puppy to smell his pee or poop when he has an accident and then placing him in the owner's required toilet area for the puppy is not advised. The puppy fears the owner and does not know why he is gripped and force to smell his pee or poop.

Training takes a lot of time and patience. Perseverance and a routine of eating, exercise and training for the puppy.  See case study at:
Part 2: New Pom. E-mail reply. Adopt basic principles and keep toilet training simple and kennel cough.

Many lady owners are naturally not firm on the new puppies and permit the puppy free access to the apartment, resulting in a long-time or failure in the house-breaking success.

Some male dogs are domineering even at 3 months of age and it is up to the firmness of the owner, time spent in training and asserting authority that makes house-breaking successful.  However, the dog will misbehave as some family members will not conform to the owner's method of training. It is just like grandparents pampering the grand-children, loosening discipline, much to the unhappiness of the parents.



Generally 2-4 weeks of confinement in a small space will be necessary to toilet-train the puppy. Give commands e.g.. "Pee here". Praise, food treats and playtime on successful performance. Monitor for signs of elimination. Neutralise the urine smell of "accident" areas with white vinegar diluted with water at 1:3

A lot of time in training the second puppy may be required. It depends on the puppy's previous paper-training experience and distractions from family members. The 2nd puppy may or may not adopt the toilet location of the older mentor.
"Thinking out of the box" is not so easy, but the owner in this case study did solve the problem of "missing the pee pan target" by having bigger toilet area being papered using 2 pee trays (one being the "cover") in one location.

Another example, if you use a grate + pee pan as shown in the picture above. The puppy and the grate still have to be confined to a small room or playpen. Use urine smell to attract the puppy to the toilet location, e.g. a soiled tissue with puppy's urine or commercial pet shop puppy training aid.

Original webpage dated 12 June, 2010
House-breaking puppies - 3 Success Stories

See other case studies at:
Toilet training your puppy in Singapore

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