When you adopt your Labradoodle pup, you’ll be thinking about all of his love and affection. You’ll also focus on his or her adorable face, and the cute new bed you got for your puppy. Life is good, and you’re consistently surrounded by cuteness. And then, the puppy pees all over your sheets. Cool.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is research everything you need to know about Labradoodles before bringing one home. Focus on potty training FIRST. Every minute and each accident counts. If you enforce the bathroom rule right away, your labradoodle is less likely to have an accident in the future.
Potty training should be the first thing you do because it is ten times harder to retrain a puppy than to train it right in the first place. You cannot wait a week and then begin! It also helps your puppy learn structure. By learning that he or she is not welcome to use your home as a bathroom, the puppy learns to follow your lead. Remember, you have between 3 and 5 seconds to reinforce a behavior by rewarding it!
- Choose a set location and routine, consistency will make everything better
- Stay put until the puppy goes
- Try to avoid using high-pitched voices. May people will squeal while saying “go pee-pee, puppy”, and that can actually distract the dog. Besides, they don’t speak English, so that won’t work.
- Take the puppy out first thing in the morning and every hour, at first.
Many trainers recommend crate-potty training as it is highly effective. During those first few weeks, if you are busy, the puppy goes in the crate so it doesn’t have an opportunity to make a potty mistake.
Keep these tips in mind and never miss a beat; you’ll have a fully trained puppy in no time.