Every dog is different, so their puppy training needs and learning speed will vary.

To make sure your puppy has ‘manners’ will take time and, above all, your patience.

House training your dog

House training your puppy or dog, also known as toilet training, is one of the first things you should do once they arrive home.

It generally takes a couple of months to successfully complete this type of training, but the benefits are well worth it—for both you and your dog.

Reward-based puppy training

Your dog’s house training should generally be reward-based, with positive reinforcement used.

You can teach your puppy to go to the toilet in the right place by rewarding them immediately in a positive way. Reinforcement might include:

  • softly praising, petting, or comforting your dog 
  • giving them a food treat or a favourite toy
  • ignoring failed toileting attempts.

Outside time for puppies

Your dog will need lots of outside time to avoid ‘accidents’ in your home. Puppies will need to wee every 1-2 hours, and especially:

  • after they wake up in the morning, and before bedtime
  • within 15 minutes of drinking.

Watching your pet

Try to watch your pup as much as possible to avoid accidents inside—if you can’t watch, make sure it’s in a safe place that can be easily cleaned (like a tiled bathroom/laundry, or outside if fenced).

You should never leave your puppy or new dog unsupervised in your home.

More tips on house training your dog.

Obedience and behaviour training

The Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ) provides easy to understand guides on how to best manage your dog’s behaviour, including how to:

AWLQ puppy pre-school

The AWLQ offers regular puppy training courses. To book your dog into the next AWLQ puppy preschool training course on the Gold Coast, phone the AWLQ on (07) 5509 9034.

Dogs around children

Kids and babies should not be left alone with dogs, or even puppies.

Check how to keep infants safe around dogs.

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