Potty Train your puppy
We’re so excited about helping you raise your new puppy. By now, you must be wondering how something so small can generate so much excreta. Food and water must seem to come out of the puppy as soon as they go in. Worry not, with this toilet training FluffKit you’ll be equipped with the right products and knowledge to quickly toilet train your pup to go indoors as well as transition to the outdoors.
Now that you know what exactly Fluffkit for toilet training contains, let’s learn how to potty train your puppy using the products provided, shall we?
Living in high rise apartments, you can’t always take your puppy out of toileting. Or like when during monsoons, it might not be possible to always take your puppy outdoors. Thus its important that your pup has a spot to relieve herself indoors too.
Surface variation is the answer to your puppy’s indoor potty training! Dogs recognize where to toilet by differentiating between surfaces. That’s why they might repeatedly pee on the furry mat outside your bathroom.
The pee mat/dry sheets and the patch of astro turf from your FluffKit have different textures and provide the difference in surface. Now all you got to do is to teach your puppy to associate the astro turf/pee mats as toileting spots. Here’s how you do it step by step.
A routine develops habits. Establish a routine with fixed feeding times and note down the time when Ms. puppy poos/pees, in your Toilet Routine Sheet for the next 2 days. This will help you identify a pattern on how long can she hold her poop and how often she needs to pee. Now you can be ready for these moments with treats in your pockets.
Now that you can predict when your puppy is going to pee/poo, you’ll be ready to take them to the right spot.
Put the AstroTurf over the drain in the balcony or the bathroom — wherever you want to teach your puppy to go. The pee will go through the fake grass and you can just hose it down to clean. Place the pee mats in the rooms the puppy is in frequently, like near her bed and the living room. This will ensure that you have a place to take your puppy to no matter where you are in the house. The pee mats are reusable and can be machine washed.
Never leave your pup unsupervised. Initially, your little ball of fur might try to bite on/play with the sheets, mats. They will take sometime to realize that these are their toileting spots. Watch out for signs that your puppy needs to toilet. Common are sniffing around in circles, squatting and doing the funny walk, barking or scratching at the door. If you see any of these, immediately take her to the designated toilet spot with the astro turf or the nearest pee mat.
You’ll observe that Ms. Puppy always pees within 15 minutes of waking up, and poos within 15 minutes of eating. You’ll also notice that she always pees after running or playing a lot. Your puppy might also initially confuse doormats, rugs, etc. as toileting spots due to the difference in texture. Keep an eye on your pup and take them to the spot the moment you see any signs.
As soon as she toilets at the designated spot, praise her warmly (Good, good girl!!!, Who’s our perfect potty-maker!!?) and give her a few pieces of treats provided in your FluffKit. Your puppy will soon realize that when she toilets at the designated spot she gets a lot of praise along with some yummy treats which will be an added motivation.
It takes about six to seven months for the puppy’s bladder to have enough control to hold it for five to six hours, so there will be some misses. Never punish your puppy for accidents as it will have more of a negative impact and isn’t helpful at all. Clean these accidents using any mop and the solution included in your kit. You can easily make this solution at home — it’s clothes detergent and water. This takes away the smell, instead of depositing a new one on top of the excreta.
If you clean the area with a floor cleaner or an antiseptic, the two smells intermingle and the puppy starts recognising the area as the toilet. Taking away the smell stops that. Now puppy will go to the place that smells of pee — the mat and the astroturf.
Transitioning to outdoors
After she is completely vaccinated, you can follow the same routine by taking her downstairs. It may take a few days for the puppy to transition to toileting outside.
You can help her by making her run, or taking her to grassy or muddy areas where the surface texture is very distinct. Praise her each time and you’ll see the “accidents” reduce.
The first pee and poo of the morning is easy to catch, due to the pressure. Set this one right, and you will succeed faster. When transitioning your dog to toilet outside, don’t spend more than 10 minutes of the allotted time. If your dog doesn’t toilet, come back into the house but keep the leash on. When you see her sniff in circles or walk funny, run down with her again and praise a job done well.
- Take our biodegradable poo bag and turn it inside out. Then place your hand on the inside of the inverted bag as if putting a glove.
- With your hand safely on the inside of the inverted bag, firmly grab the poop on the ground and pick it up.
- Turn the bag right side out. Use your free hand to fold the sides of the bag up and around the poop. It may be helpful to grab the sides of the bag using just the tips of your fingers.
- Tie up the bag. With the bag right side out, use both hands to tie up the bag. Make sure to tie the bag tightly so that it does not open when you dispose it off .
Tips & Tricks
- While toilet training indoors, you can a dab a small area of the pee pads in your puppy’s pee. This will help them recognize the spot better and faster.
- Strictly prevent your puppy from getting into no-go areas such as the kitchen and the prayer room. Provide limited access using baby gates, puppy pen fence, etc. This will help you keep an eye on the puppy and avoid accidents.
- Dogs naturally don’t defecate and pee near their beds and feeding areas. So don’t keep the pee mat there. Keep it in the opposite direction.
- Remember your puppy has teeny-tiny pudgy legs and may not be able to run or walk a long distance. So don’t keep the mat and astro turf too far away at first. You can increase the distance as she grows.
- Always keep some treats handy so that you’re able to reward your puppy toileting at the right spot.
That’s it folks! You are now equipped with the right products and knowledge to take toilet training heads on! Don’t forget to keep us updated with your journey by posting pictures of your flufff and tagging @flufffcrew or with #fluffkit. Thank you!