There's a new page on our website titled Housetraining tips, but I wanted to post it here as well. Most people do not realize that the #1 reason that people do not keep their puppies is because of behavioral and potty training issues.
Our goal is for all of our puppies to stay with their families forever. Please be patient with your new puppy...... Most puppies will not be able to control their bowel or bladder until they are three to four months old. That's why we offer our 6-8 weeks Doodle Prep School Training Program.
You will need to follow specific guidelines to limit the number of accidents. We realize that this is a very frustraing time and if you do not feel qualified please refer to our Doodle Prep School Page for help.
Our trainers will be happy to begin the training for you.
- You will need to confine your puppy to one or two rooms in the house, choose rooms that are where the family spends the most time. Most accidents happen by allowing too much freedom too soon.
- Crate the puppy when you can't supervise them.
- Feed & Water on a schedule.
- Puppies MUST go out alot in the beginning. They go out first thing in the morning, after naps and meals and before bedtime. I take mine out every 30 minutes in the beginning. Our trainers will do this for you if you send your puppy to our Doodle Prep School.
- Reward your puppy for eliminating outside. In order to give immediate priase, you should go outside with them.
- We use reward based training. Never punish or reprimand a puppy who has an accident. Instead, find ways to prevent them from having the need to eliminate indoors.
- Don't wait for your puppy to signal to you to go out. Most puppies wil not learn to signal their need until they first learn to "hold" in the house. They must be taken out on a regular schedule.
- Our Doodle Prep School is an exclusive program for our puppy owners that do want to do the housetraining. We have limited space in Doodle Prep School so early enrollment is recommended.
Hopefully these tips will you get your new puppy trained.