It’s every dog owner’s least favorite task—potty training their new Labradoodle puppy. But have no fear. Potty training doesn’t have to be a hardship, especially with Labradoodles. The Labradoodle is an extremely intelligent breed (almost too smart for their own good), so with the right techniques, they’ll be potty trained in no time!
Here are some tips to get you started potty training your Labradoodle puppy:
Use the same spot every time
Having a designated potty spot will help your pup realize where they can go to the bathroom and where they can’t go. Find a grassy area that’s close to your home and (if you live in an apartment complex) easy to clean up. Then, use this spot every time your puppy has to go to the bathroom.
Create a consistent routine
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, figure out the perfect times to take your Labradoodle out to do his business. We recommend taking your puppy out first thing in the morning, soon after they’ve been fed, right as you get home after work, and right before they go to sleep. Of course, if your puppy has to go potty outside of these times, then let them out. It’s important to always keep an eye on your pup, especially in the beginning, until they get used to their new potty routine.
A puppy is less likely to go to the bathroom inside a crate. So, if there are times when you just can’t watch your pup, keep them confined inside of a crate. Thankfully, crate training is relatively easy and something you can do while potty training your Labradoodle. To get started, follow these guidelines by the American Kennel Club.
Yelling or punishing your pup won’t go anywhere. It will simply teach your puppy to do those bad things when you’re not around. Instead, use positive reinforcement when potty training your Labradoodle puppy praise. Positive reinforcement essentially means rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad behavior. With some patience and consistency, your puppy will eventually realize when and where they should go to the bathroom.