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Cleanliness training

The cleanliness training begins in the fifth week of life and works according to a very simple principle. As soon as the puppy is old enough to urinate and faeces independently and to leave the nest or the litter box for this purpose, it learns where small dogs go to the toilet. Every time he makes a puddle or a heap, he remembers the subsoil and the surroundings. In the process, there is an ever tighter connection between the action and the place where it happened. The puppy will always go to the same loosening area whenever it has the opportunity. From around the twelfth week of life, the puppy can hold back its need to loosen up for an increasing period of time if it cannot reach its "toilet" directly.

If your puppy has already learned to do his business outdoors on grass or dirt at the breeder, you just have to get him to where he is allowed and should whenever he needs to. In good time means: approx. Every 2 hours during the day and always after eating, after sleeping and after playing. At night, a healthy puppy should sleep and persevere for about six hours. If your puppy has to do it more often, he is likely to have diarrhea or a cystitis. Take it to your veterinarian immediately.

In the beginning, always put your puppy in the same spot if he has to. Pick him up and carry him there. Otherwise you risk that he will do his business beforehand. When you arrive at the "toilet", you put it on the floor. Stick with it and wait until he crouches down to pee or make heaps. Now you can train his “release signal”. This is a word like “do something” or “pee” that you repeat quietly several times every time the puppy does his business. When he's done, give him praise. You can now give a treat as a reward or play a little bit. After a while, you will have a dog who will break loose when you tell them to.

Separate "walkways" and walks. When you take the puppy for a walk, he has so many exciting things to do that he mostly forgets that he has to. He only remembers when he's home and there's a stain on the carpet. Should a business end up in the apartment, put it away without comment and clean the area thoroughly. Then kick yourself in the butt - it was your fault. Next time, take better care and get the puppy out on time. Under no circumstances should you scold or punish the dog. He cannot understand this and is afraid of you.

If your puppy hasn't had a chance to do their business outside at the breeder, you have a problem. The puppy has been practicing going to the toilet inside for a few weeks. Maybe he's trained on the newspaper, then the damage can still be kept within limits. Put a newspaper down for him. When he has done his business on it, take the newspaper with you the next time you go for a walk to the place that you want to use as a dog toilet. Put the used toilet newspaper there and wait for the puppy to do its business. After a few days, when it reliably comes off the newspaper outside, shrink the piece of newspaper until you can leave it out entirely. However, you shouldn't leave newspapers lying around at home for the next few weeks.

If the puppy has learned to do his business in the house at the breeder, it can happen to you that he does nothing outside. As soon as you are back in the house, he will be relieved to find a place to solve. When you come back, watch him closely.

As soon as he starts sniffing, spinning or crouching on the ground, pick him up and go back outside. Be patient and thank the breeder. Maybe he'll pay for the carpet cleaning.