How to Potty Train a Goldendoodle Puppy: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Potty Train a Goldendoodle Puppy

Potty training a goldendoodle puppy can seem like a daunting task, but with patience and consistency, you can set your furry friend up for success. Goldendoodles are highly intelligent dogs that generally want to please their owners, so they can pick up on potty training more quickly than many other breeds. By following some tried and true housetraining methods, you’ll have your goldendoodle pup going outside like a pro.

Establish a Routine

Potty training thrives on routine. Set up a schedule for eating, playing, training and taking your puppy outside. Feed them at the same times each day rather than leaving food out all day. Take them out immediately after meals, naps, play sessions and every 30 minutes to an hour otherwise. Puppies need much more frequent potty breaks than adult dogs. Sticking to a routine will help you learn their signals and get them in the habit of going in the right place.

Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Limit water intake 2-3 hours before bedtime to help avoid overnight accidents. Track when and how much your puppy eats and drinks as well as when they go potty to identify patterns. H4

Take your puppy outside frequently, at least every 30-60 minutes (including overnight for young puppies). Frequent potty breaks are key, especially with young goldendoodle puppies.

Choose a Potty Spot

Pick a designated outdoor potty spot close to your door. Always take your puppy (on a leash) to this same spot each time. Use a command like “Go potty” or “Do your business” when they go in the right place so they begin to associate the command with the action. Bring treats to this spot to reward your puppy every time they go.

The smell of previous successes in one spot will encourage your puppy to continuously go in that area. Keep taking them to this spot until they are fully potty trained. Clean up accidents indoors thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to avoid lingering odors that may attract your puppy.

If you don’t have a yard, establish a suitable outdoor potty spot nearby like a patch of grass. Get in the habit of taking your puppy to this spot often. You want them to build a preference for going outside rather than pottying indoors.

Crate Training

Crate training can be enormously helpful for potty training goldendoodle puppies. Dogs naturally try to avoid soiling in their sleeping area, so they will “hold it” longer if confined. However, puppies should not be crated for extended periods of time.

Choose a crate with just enough room for your puppy to stand up, turn around and lie down. Any larger and they may have enough space to potty on one side. Furnish the crate with comfortable bedding and a toy or chew bone. Never use the crate as punishment. You want your puppy to see it as a safe, positive space.

Limit crate time to the length of time your puppy can currently “hold it” (about one hour per month of age). Take them directly outside to their potty spot when releasing from the crate. Give plenty of praise and treats when they go in the appropriate spot.

Use the crate when you are unable to closely supervise indoors. This could be while cooking, showering or running errands. As your puppy ages and their bladder develops, they will be able to go longer between potty breaks.

Supervise Constantly

When you are home, keep a close eye on your goldendoodle puppy at all times. Tethering them to you with a leash is a good way to prevent sneaky potty trips. Watch for signs they need to go like sniffing, circling or squatting. Quickly scoop them up and take them to their designated outdoor spot at the first indication they need to go. Praise excitedly when they finish going to the bathroom outside.

Confine your puppy to a single dog-proofed room like the kitchen when full supervision is not possible. Use baby gates to keep them from wandering off to other areas of the house undetected. Limit access to large spaces until fully housetrained. Frequent trips outside are especially important during the supervision process. The more frequently you can get them outside to their potty spot, the faster they will learn.

If you catch your puppy in the act of an indoor accident, calmly interrupt with a firm “No” then immediately take them outside to finish. Do not punish or scold once the accident is over, as the puppy will not understand the connection. Simply clean it thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner.

Watch for Signals

Pay close attention to your goldendoodle puppy’s potty signals like:

  • Wandering away or suddenly leaving play
  • Sniffing around intently
  • Circling in one area
  • Going to corners or next to furniture
  • Squatting posture
  • Whining or scratching at doors

When you see these signs, promptly take them outside. This teaches them that good things happen when they eliminate in the right spot. Always reward with enthusiastic praise and a treat when they go potty outdoors.

Keep track of when your puppy eats, drinks, naps, plays and potties. Recording times and amounts can help identify when they most likely need to go. For example, puppies will usually need to go shortly after eating, drinking, napping or playtime. Knowing their potty schedule will make timing outdoor breaks easier.

If your puppy has an accident while unsupervised, they may still exhibit “guilty” behaviors like hiding or avoiding you. Do not scold - simply clean up the mess thoroughly and make a mental note to watch them more closely.

Use Positive Reinforcement

Take advantage of your goldendoodle’s strong desire to please by using positive reinforcement techniques. When you catch them in the act of going potty outside, offer heaping praise and give treats immediately. Some key times to reward are:

  • When they start to go potty in their designated spot
  • While they are in the process of eliminating
  • As soon as they finish going to the bathroom
  • When they come inside after successfully going outside

Keep treats with you on outdoor potty trips (cut up hot dogs work great). Mark the desired behavior with an enthusiastic "Good potty!" then give the treat within 1-2 seconds. Consistent rewards will motivate your puppy to repeat the behavior.

Never punish your puppy for accidents. This can frighten them and even cause them to hide when they need to go. Simply clean up thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner and make note of what preceded the accident, like taking too long between trips outside.

Be Patient and Consistent

Potty training a goldendoodle puppy requires a great deal of patience, consistency and persistence. There will inevitably be many accidents along the way. Stick with your routine, frequent outdoor trips, praise and smart confinement. This lays the foundation for success.

Remain calm and positive when accidents occur indoors. Never scold or rub your puppy’s nose in it well after the fact. Gently interrupt and immediately take them outside if you catch them mid-act. Then clean up with an enzymatic cleaner to remove odors.

Accidents are part of the process. Your puppy will not be perfect. The goal is to set them up to succeed as much as possible and teach what you DO want them to do through repetition and rewards. Don’t transition to wider freedom in the house until your puppy shows consistent signs of readiness.

With time, consistency and positive reinforcement, your goldendoodle will get the hang of potty training. Expect the process to take several months for full reliability. Celebrate all successes, big and small, and before you know it you’ll have a trusty housetrained companion!

Key Takeaways

  • Establish a routine for feeding, potty breaks, play and sleep. Take your puppy out frequently, at least every 30-60 minutes.

  • Choose a designated outdoor potty spot near your door and always take your puppy there using a command like “Go potty.” Reward them when they go in the right place.

  • Use a properly sized crate when you are unable to watch your puppy. This teaches them to “hold it.” Never use the crate as punishment.

  • Watch your goldendoodle constantly for potty signals like sniffing, circling or leaving play. Promptly take them outside when you see these signs.

  • Reward your puppy immediately with praise and treats when they go potty in their designated outdoor spot. This motivates repeating the desired behavior.

  • Be extremely patient and consistent. Potty training takes time. Stick to your routine and supervision plan. Eventually your puppy will get the hang of it!

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