In this video, Gary Rybka will take you through the steps of properly training your puppy with the Pup Pee Poo Palace. Watch the setup and why it works videos to see how to put your palace together and understand the principle of its use.
It is best to put the palace in an area that is convenient but not frequently used. Avoid family rooms and bedrooms. Your puppy should remain in the palace whenever she’s not engaged with you. When you’re finished playing with or holding your puppy, carry her back to the palace, put her inside and close the door.
For the first day, it’s OK to lay down beside the palace and encourage your puppy on to the loft.
Offer a few treats and introduce her to a snuggle pie. After a couple of minutes, tell her good night, put the canopy on and walk away. She will cry, but you cannot go back. It’s important to understand that she is not crying because she hates the cage, she is crying because this is the first time she has been alone.
It will take a couple of days for her to learn that being alone is OK because you will always be back.
She will then accept the palace as a place for play or rest. Never go back unless she has been quiet for at least 30 minutes. Remember that even a simple “It’s OK” or “Go to sleep” while she is crying will only encourage more crying. Every time you go back while she is crying will add more days until she stops.
If indoor pad training is your goal, you need to allow 5 to 10 minutes after your puppy wakes up before you go to the cage to get her out. She needs to learn that it’s OK to eliminate on the pad.
Many people make the mistake of letting their puppy out as soon as she wakes up and then wonder why she pees or poops on the floor. If you want to train your puppy to potty outside, you must pick her up from the palace as soon as she wakes up and carry her outside.
Return your puppy to the palace after everything: eating, drinking or playing. If she is approaching bed-time, be sure to engage in vigorous play until she gets tired.
While positive reinforcement is the most important training tool, it is also important that your puppy learn what is not OK. When she messes up, immediately express your dissatisfaction. You can use your voice, actions or body language.
Your puppy craves your approval, so letting her know you are unhappy can also be a powerful tool. For some puppies, this and positive reinforcement when she does well is all that’s needed. For others, using noises like clapping your hands, a small air horn or adding a time-out in an unfamiliar area (not in the crate) are required.
The palace design allows your puppy the opportunity, water and elimination during the overnight until she is older and has control.
Following these guidelines without exception will allow you to move to phase 2 of palace training by the end of 2 weeks.
The second phase of training your puppy with the Pup Pee Poo Palace involves expanding your puppy’s available space. This can be done by adding an exercise pin to the palace or having the palace in a small room like a bath or a laundry with the palace door open.
One advantage of using an exercise pin is it allows your puppy to see out, thus reducing boredom.
The purpose of this phase of training is to give your puppy more space for play and relaxation while keeping the pad and tray inside and within reach.
You can also add a second tray, pad and clips in the pin, demonstrating that a pad and tray outside the palace can also be OK.
Once your puppy is using the pad reliably for 2 weeks, he is ready for phase 3.
If your puppy fails to return at the pad at the start of phase 2, then she needs to stay in phase 1 longer.
Phase 3 is gradually expanding your puppy’s available area when you aren’t home. When you are away, your puppy should continue to use the exercise pin with the palace attached.
By now, your puppy is old enough to be gaining control so that he can postpone elimination until he is in the right spot.
Many people try to go straight to phase 3 and become frustrated with the puppy.
You must complete phase 1 and 2 before attempting phase 3.
Positive reinforcement throughout all 3 phases of training is critical for success.
Puppies also need to know when they’ve messed up!