If you have just bought a new puppy into your life from the pound or breeder you must certainly be wondering how does one go about toilet training puppies. People are often conflicted about how to train their puppy in his potty habits. Some people even have hang ups about their own bodily processes of urination and defecation and transfer these detected issues around bodily waste on to their new puppy.
The thing to remember is that all human animals and animals have a process for eliminating waste products from their body. We are all the same in this regard and there should be no shame or embarrassment about this. Once you think about waste elimination in this way you can get on to the issue of how toilet training puppies can be achieved in an efficient manner.
If you plan on having a puppy as an indoor dog, which 90% of people do, the process of toilet training puppies is necessary for maintaining a clean, hygienic household. Although there are many theories about house training a puppy there seems to be a general consensus that the following three methods work well:
1) The crate / cage method,
2) The paper / pad method and
3) The constant supervision method.
Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and you need to determine which one works best for your particular situation. Training a puppy to have proper potty habits leads to a happy home environment for the people who must live with the puppy. It is simply unacceptable to let a puppy urinate and defecate wherever he wants. That means from the first day the puppy enters your home he must be put on a potty rule.
It is actually better to begin the process of house training early. The longer a puppy goes without any structured program to control his bowels the longer it will take to train him. There really is not any type of program in most kennels for house training a puppy that ends up staying for 3 or 4 months before he gets adopted out. The kennels are so overwhelmed with just keeping the dogs alive and adopted them out that they usually do not have time for much else.