When can I take my puppy outside?

Puppies are beautiful but they do tend to get overexcited, especially when they first move to a new home. A few little ‘accidents’ are to be expected when you first get your puppy; but you’ll soon need to start training your pet into a toilet routine, which will mean going outside – so, when can you take your puppy outside?

Well, provided you have a closed garden, your puppy can venture outside as soon as you get it. However, it’s important to keep a close eye on your pup and ensure that it doesn’t mix with other dogs until it has had its essential vaccinations.

If you’d like to start toilet training your puppy, but haven’t had the chance to visit the vet for injections yet, then crate training may be an option for you – as long as the crate is relatively large, with plenty of room to move around.

Take your puppy outside to the toilet, and then place it in the crate for up to three or four hours. Puppies will not want to ‘go’ in their space and will gradually learn to relieve themselves outdoors. 

Whether you choose crate or traditional potty training methods, you must always praise your pet when it successfully uses the toilet outside. Equally, be sure to tell your pet off for relieving itself on the carpet indoors – puppies will begin to understand the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour very quickly if you adopt this approach.

Most dogs will learn the phrase ‘walkies’ very early on in life, and with lots of excess energy to burn, puppies love a good long walk around the park. Whilst they are training, it’s not a good idea to let them off the leash in public spaces, so to give them a bit more freedom to explore, why not try a retractable lead? Available in a range of fun colours, a retractable lead will give your puppy plenty of scope for fun, but without straying too far.

Don’t forget, it’s hugely important (in fact, it’s a legal requirement!) to pick up your puppy’s poo when you’re out and about. If your pup is on a retractable lead, it’s easy to spot where it goes, and follow with poo bags in tow. LOVEMYDOG has launched a range of stylish, bio-degradable poo bags for discerning doggie fans, and for every purchase you make, you’ll not only be helping the environment, but also supporting the Dog’s Trust.

 

Of course, training a puppy is a time-consuming process, and running around with poo bags may not seem like the most glamorous job in the world. However, it does at least give you the chance to get plenty of fresh air and exercise, as well as the opportunity to spend quality bonding time with your new furry friend.

For additional advice on training a puppy, it’s a good idea to consult your vet and browse pet forums online to find helpful suggestions from fellow dog owners.