Who has time to read a 50-page manual on toilet training their toddler? I know I don’t! So, I’ve decided to condense everything I learnt when toilet training my toddler Harper, into some easy steps for you and add some tips along the way to help with toilet training your puppy too.
Puppies and toddlers are similar in so many ways. They are learning about the world and discovering new things all the time. They just want to touch and feel things and put things in their mouths. Plus, they both need to be toilet trained! If you are specifically after tips for toilet training your puppy, refer to this article I posted five years ago when we toilet trained Cooper.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this is just my story and what worked for us. Combined with the knowledge I have from my dog training courses and my psychology major I did at Uni. So, a lot of the information I share and methods I use, are based on my education as well as my life experiences.
Before you start, make the toilet part of everyday life. Even before you start toilet training your toddler, start talking about everything to do with going to the toilet! Bring them in when you go, let them listen and show them your poo in the toilet, show them that you wipe your bum, you flush the button, wash your hands, etc. I know it sounds gross, but it really does help them to see that it is normal. Say things like; “before lunch, we go to the toilet” or before bedtime; “we do a wee on the toilet” etc.
Once you decide to toilet train, commit to it. Deciding to start the toilet training process is often the hardest part. Make sure your toddler is ready before you start, it will make the whole process that much easier. Accidents suck, it’s not fun. But chopping and changing will just confuse your child. Once we made the decision to do it, we bought Harper some special undies. She chose some Peppa Pig ones. From that first day we decided to start toilet trainer her, she was in undies all the time except for sleep time. For sleep time, we put a nappy on and would say, “nappies are just for sleep time.” And then as soon as she woke, we took it off, put her on the toilet and then put her undies back on.