How to Potty Train Your Labradoodle

Written By: Sharon Becker

When you get a new puppy, there’s a lot to do. One of the most important things to do when you get a dog is to potty train them. Luckily, Labradoodles are intelligent dogs and they like to learn new things. With plenty of patience and positive reinforcement, your Labradoodle will be potty trained in no time.

Keep in mind that puppies have smaller bladders than an adult Labradoodle. They will need to be let out frequently; approximately every hours or so at first. If possible, try to watch your puppy carefully during these first few weeks. That way, you can catch them in the act of having an accident, or you can be aware of the signals that they need to be let outside to potty.

The process of house training your new puppy takes around five weeks. With really young pups, it can take longer, because they might not be aware of the concept of eliminating waste. It may also take longer to train your dog if they learned bad habits in their previous home. In this situation, you’ll have to break the bad habits and teach them proper behavior. With any luck, your new puppy will come from a source that has laid the groundwork for teaching the dog how to potty outside.

First thing in the morning, last thing at night, and at regular intervals during the day, take your dog out to a specific part of your yard. This will become their new “toilet.” This will help them associate their spot with eliminating waste. They will be able to smell where they are supposed to go. It also makes cleanup easier for you once they start using the bathroom on their own. Poop scooping will be much simpler if you only have to search in one part of the yard.

One you put your dog in the yard, give them a few moments to sniff around. The past smells will prompt them to go. You may also want to try a command like “go potty.” This may help them to go when you’re away from home. As they sniff around, stay outside and wait with them to finish up. Try to eliminate any distractions during this time. If they get distracted by toys or kids while they’re outside, they may forget why they’re out there in the first place.

Once they use the bathroom, give your Labradoodle a treat and lots of praise. They need to associate using the bathroom in the correct place with being rewarded. If you’re giving your dog a lot of treats to start out with, keep them small and healthy. Giving your dog too many calories can have an adverse effect on their health. Fruits and vegetables can make good training treats. Even a little bit of play time or a walk is a good reward.