How To Potty Train A Poodle Puppy

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One of the biggest errors that Poodle owners frequently commit is believing that they should wait until their dog is a little older before attempting to toilet train them. Nothing is more false than it is. In fact, you should begin potty training your dog even before you bring him inside for the first time.

Put your Poodle on a leash as soon as you let him out of the car and walk him to the designated area of your lawn for bathroom breaks. If he does, be sure to acknowledge him and reward him with a treat. This will contribute to setting a standard that will be followed throughout the training.


What Are The Supplies Needed To Potty Train A Poodle Puppy?

There are several general housebreaking items that will ease your life when attempting to housebreak your Poodle puppy in addition to the resources you’ll need that are particular to each housebreaking method:

  • Enzyme cleansers: If your puppy has any indoor housebreaking incidents, it’s crucial to use an enzyme cleaner to clean up the mess because ordinary cleaners could leave behind some of the odours from the puppy’s feces or pee that will cause them to mark the same location again.
  • Barriers in the home: Dog gates, baby gates, or other screens can help confine pups to a small space, allowing you to housebreak them on surfaces other than carpet and keep them close to training pads.
  • Playpens: When you need to keep your puppy in a confined location for housebreaking purposes but require more space than a crate can provide so the puppy can walk around and play, a soft folding puppy playpen can be a lifesaver.
  • Treats: Since many dogs are highly motivated by food, treats are important in the positivity training process. Because they are more likely to be hungry if you don’t free-feed your pups, they will be even more thrilled to receive treats in between meals.

All of the aforementioned materials can not only make housebreaking your dog simpler, but also less frustrating for your puppy.


What Are Different Techniques In Potty Training A Poodle Puppy?

  • Potty Train Your Poodle Puppy With Bell Training

Bell training your dog is one efficient approach to train a Poodle puppy to be housebroken. Bell training involves installing a bell near the door and teaching the puppy to ring it anytime they need to go outside to the potty.

A Poodle puppy can soon learn, with the proper training, to identify the sound of the bell with going outside to relieve itself. Bell training helps remove some of the guesswork from the housebreaking process because one of the most challenging aspects is figuring out when the dog has to go.

Puppy housebreaking is made easier with bell training since it enables them to communicate their particular restroom needs to you. This not only lessens the number of messes that need to be cleaned up in the house, but it also reinforces itself—the more frequently the puppy rings the bell to try to communicate, the more often they are likely to use it.


  • Potty Train Your Poodle Puppy With Pad Training

Using pads during housebreaking can help a Poodle puppy. Instead of training the puppy to go outdoors to use the restroom, pad training includes placing disposable pads in one small area of the house and teaching the puppy to waste itself there.

For indoor dogs that must be left alone for lengthy periods of time while their owners are away or for smaller dog breeds with smaller bladders that can’t contain their urine as long as a larger dog might be able to, pad training is frequently utilized. If miniature poodles cannot be taken outside every few hours, pad training can be extremely helpful.

You need more than puppy pads to potty train a puppy. Dog gates, a crate, and even a soft-sided puppy playpen are smart purchases to make in order to limit the puppy’s movement while housebreaking is being done. Keep in mind that your dog will housebreak more quickly the more accidents you stop.


  • Using Crate Training to Potty Train Your Poodle Puppy

Crate training is frequently combined with pad training or bell training, and it also gives you a means to keep your Poodle puppy in a secure enclosure when you can’t be there to watch over them.

Crates can provide dogs with a cozy haven that serves as a private retreat when used properly. Puppy crates should not, however, be left unattended for extended periods of time since this will just encourage accidents inside of them, defeating the point of employing them.

Dogs do not like to urinate or defecate in their resting space, thus when they are placed in a box that they are accustomed to sleeping in, they will refrain from doing so. This may teach the dog to hold on to their urination until the owner can take them for a walk.

Remember that Poodle puppies have extremely small bladders, and while they will strive not to urinate or defecate in their box, it is possible if they are crated for an excessive amount of time. Puppies younger than six months old can only hold their feces and urine for one to three hours, and the younger the puppy, the shorter the period of time they can hold it.


What Are Some Effective Tips When Potty Training A Poodle Puppy?

Although poodle puppies are intelligent and simple to housebreak, there are a few things to remember to make the procedure effective and successful. All puppies may have some setbacks throughout their housebreaking process, and how you handle them will determine whether your puppy makes progress or regresses.

Here are some pointers for training your Poodle puppy to successfully housebreak:

  1. Remember that a puppy is simply a baby, and babies don’t always learn things correctly the first time. When housebreaking your puppy, try to be gentle with them and understanding if they make a mistake. Invading that game of communication should be done gently and with respect for your dog because puppies find it difficult to communicate with animals other than dogs.
  2. Always wipe up spills right away. If you don’t, the fragrance of urine or feces will linger and act as a strong cue to the puppy to go to the toilet there once more (since dogs use urine and feces to mark their territory). To prevent stains and urine seeping through the carpet into the subflooring, all spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
  3. Be consistent in your training: If you don’t regularly wake up early in the morning to let your puppy out when they’ve been holding it all night, you’re to blame for any accidents they may have had in their crate, not them. To make housebreaking much easier, be sure to walk, feed, hydrate, and teach your puppy on a regular schedule.
  4. Avoid spanking or rubbing a puppy’s nose in his mess because not only do these techniques not help to housebreak your puppy, but they also run the risk of instilling fear in him. These types of punishments are not used by dogs in pack structures. When a puppy has an accident, you should tell them “No” and take them outside right away. If the puppy has already had an accident, clean it up instead and be more careful to watch for it to happen again.

Given that this is a very formative time in the life of the dog and how you interact with it at this age has a significant impact on the puppy’s personality going forward, it is crucial that you help your puppy associate housebreaking with positive experiences.



Call a local positive reinforcement trainer and sign up for a class if you’re unsure how to train your new Poodle puppy. A excellent place to start when training your Poodle is at a puppy class. These courses are perfect for socialization, basic training, and introducing your puppy to new people.

Any puppy, including a Poodle puppy, must be trained with care, patience, and praise. Enjoy the time you spend together and your puppy will eagerly learn to do what you ask. It’s also a great method to strengthen your bond with your puppy.

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis

Owner of the cutest poodle on earth

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