How To Toilet Train Your Dog

Having an area which is used solely for your dog to use as a toilet has many benefits:

  • Prevents urine marks on your lawn
  • Prevents leaving remnants of faeces where children may play (health risk)
  • Easier and quicker to keep clean
  • Dogs can be taught to toilet on command
  • Not having to clean up dog mass on walks

It is is best to start training as a puppy, but older dogs can also learn how to toilet on command in specific areas.


  • The bigger the dog the bigger area the area you will need.
  • With puppies, it is best to have an area close to the house.
  • It does not matter what surfaces we use, but some thought needs to be given on how the area will be kept clean.

Times to take your dog to the toileting area

  • First thing in the morning
  • After it has been fed
  • After play
  • After sleeping
  • Before walks

Commands & Rewards

  • Always take dog out on a lead to the area. Once your dog knows to go to the toilet here we can then give freedom.
  • Let the dog sniff the area, following, but then saying nothing.
  • Once the dog starts to relieve itself add in a command word i.e. be busy.
  • Reward with a food treat and freedom to play.


  • Accidents will happen at the beginning of training, don’t worry.
  • Never tell your dog off if he goes somewhere else, but take it back inside house.
  • If you catch your dog about to go elsewhere in the garden call it excitedly to the toilet area or quickly clip the lead on and take to toilet area. Remember to reward if it goes in correct place.
  • Remember to be vigilant at the beginning of training to catch the body language of the dog before it goes to the toilet, enabling you to get your dog to the specific area quickly.

Keep The Area Clean

  • At the beginning of training keep small amounts of dog’s faeces in the area to encourage your dog to toilet here.
  • Make sure the area is kept clean to prevent smell, staining and prevent health issues.