June 28th •
Goldendoodles are about as perfect as a dog gets. But you’ll still have to spend plenty of time making sure that they’re properly potty trained.
Before you start potty training your Goldendoodle, you’ll need to do some preparation. Here are some of the essential tools you’ll need for potty training:
Your Goldendoodle’s crate will be one of the most important parts of their potty training. It’s a great way of preventing accidents around the house, teaching your dog that they only get to go potty when you take them outside.
When selecting a crate, go for one that is just big enough to allow your dog to lie down. If you get a crate that’s too big, your Goldendoodle may use this extra living room as a bathroom. But if they only have enough space to lie down, they won’t want to go potty where they sleep.
Even the best Goldendoodle is going to have a few accidents around the house. Be prepared by having plenty of your favorite stain and odor removers around.
Absorbent pads are a great way of teaching your dog to only go potty in a specific place. Put them in one spot inside and let your dog use this area to go potty. As you teach them to go outside, you can remove the absorbent pads.
To speed along the potty training process, use a cue word to teach your Goldendoodle to go potty outside. Take your dog outside to the spot where you want them to go, and then say the cue word. If they do their business, reward them with a treat and with some kind words.
Over time, your dog will learn to associate going to the bathroom in the right place with a reward. Eventually, they’ll start going to the bathroom there without you having to tell them to.
Dogs are creatures of habit, so it’s important that you stick to a schedule when potty training. Try to feed them at the same time everyday so that they can adjust to regular potty breaks.
If you feed them at different times every day, they may not know when they next trip outside is coming. This can lead to accidents in the house.
A good potty break schedule might be:
You should also be consistent with where you take your Goldendoodle to the bathroom, especially when they’re young. Remember, you’re trying to teach them that it’s only acceptable to do their business in certain places. Don’t confuse them by taking them to too many different places.
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