June 29th •
It takes plenty of patience to potty train a Labradoodle. Even the smartest, most well trained dog is going to have a few accidents. But there are some steps that you can take to speed up the process and ensure that your dog learns that the world is not one big bathroom.
Before you begin potty training, you’re going to need to do a little planning. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Your labradoodle’s crate will be one of the most important tools in the potty training process. It’s where you can keep them when you’re not around, preventing any accidents around the house.
Make sure to get a crate that isn’t too big. Dogs tend to use that extra space as a bathroom. Pick a crate where they only have enough space to comfortably lie down, as this will prevent them from going potty.
Accidents are going to happen as you potty train your labradoodle puppy. Be ready with plenty of absorbent pads and wipes.
You can also use absorbent pads to show your dog where it’s acceptable for them to pee inside. This is a halfway step in housebreaking a dog, and it can help prevent your dog from using the whole house as a bathroom. Once they’ve adjusted to only peeing outside, you can stop leaving pads inside.
Pee stains can set quickly, and the odor can linger for weeks if you don’t get to it right away. Pick out stain and odor removers that are specific to dogs so that you can clean up any accidents and prevent damage to rugs and carpets.
Labradoodles learn quickly, but you need to help them along by giving them a cue word to remember. For example, you can say “Go potty!” when you take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. If they go in the right place, give them a reward, as well as plenty of praise.
As you repeat this command and give them a reward when they behave correctly, your dog will learn that they should only use the restroom when outside.
Timing is key when it comes to potty training. Make things easy for your dog by sticking to a consistent feeding schedule. They’ll soon learn when it’s time to go outside, helping them control themselves and not go potty around the house.
If you feed your dog at irregular times, they may get confused and not know if you’ll take them outside, leading to accidents in the house.
Good times to take dogs outside include:
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