TOILET TRAINING PUPPY IN THE CITY - How to train
your new puppy to pee and poop in the correct way
Dr Sing Kong Yuen
First written; March 20, 2009
Updated: April 1, 2015
The young lady owner in her late 20s
shares her tips on how she successfully paper trained 2 Silkies living in
the apartment during the annual vaccination of the female Silkie.
Working couple. Therefore, 2 toilet locations as the dogs prefer
clean newspapers to eliminate. The 2 dogs will use the toilet location in
the bedroom first and will then go to the second one in the kitchen.
In this case, the 2nd female dog simply learnt from the older male dog
where to eliminate. However, the male dog must spray his urine over the
eliminated areas of the females daily (see picture above).
"Why don't you neuter the male dog to prevent urine marking?" I asked. The
couple was not keen on surgeries. Many younger Singaporeans believe it is
"cruel" to sterilise their dogs.
"Does the male dog attempt to mate the smaller female?" I asked.
"No," the lady laughed. "She is too small. He mates with my leg."
It takes a lot of thinking to create the above set up. In this set up,
urine rarely dirties the floor as the 2 dogs usually pees onto the "cover"
first. Therefore, there is no "missing the target" in urination in this
set up as there is a back up bigger tray.
The first dog takes a longer time to paper-train. Put the dog onto the
"cover" to command him to pee onto the "cover. Newspapers are wrapped
around the "cover" which is a cover for a plastic container (bought from
IKEA). This cover must be as low as 2 cm, otherwise the dogs will not step
Persevere. As for the 2nd dog, she just imitate the male as to where to
pee and poop and there was not much training to be done.
As for the dogs, the lady owner finds that the male dog used to have
severe diarrhoea and lost a lot of weight. She feeds him using a syringe
and special dog food. Now he has put on weight. "The female dog decides
she wants to be syringe fed too," the lady commented.
It is easier to paper-train the 2
dogs as there are no distractions from children and other people. In this
big family (aged mother, 10-year-old daughter, husband, maid and caregiver
wife), I have a case of a 3-month-old Chihuahua being purchased to be a
companion of a 5-year-old Chihuahua. The new puppy was let out of the
crate in the first 2 weeks without close supervision and it was hoped that
he would be clever enough to go back to his pee pan to eliminate.
Instead he pees and poops everywhere when let out. Wants to play all
the time is observed in most puppies 3-4 months old. Many family
members are around to tackle. Steps on stools inside the crate. This puppy
just wants to have fun and play as this is his personality.
The older dog was not interested in active play. He had his own toilet
location. The younger one does not use it. So, there was much stress.
The care-giver (lady) had to work and nobody at home, including the maid,
had time to monitor and train this young puppy.
For such cases, the young one
must be crated most of the time for 2-4 weeks and taken out to play
under supervision. There will a lot of accidents and scolding. But
the family members, including the maid must know the signs of impending
elimination (sniffing the floor, turning, squatting) and bring the puppy
to his toilet location. White vinegar: water 1:3 to neutralise the
urine smell of "accident" areas and close monitoring are important.
Original webpage dated March 20, 2009m
All rights reserved. Revised: April 07, 2015