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Hi everyone!

I just purchased a labradoodle and will pick her up in a week or so. I've been reading a lot of information on the web about how to train her, etc. This is my first dog, so I have a few questions regarding the best ways to house train her. What worked for you guys with your puppies? Also, what kind of crate is best? I bought a large crate for her because it'll be something she can use when she's bigger, however, I have another smaller crate at home, would that be best to use when I'm trying to house train her? I have read that they won't pee in their bed so smaller might be better at first? Any hints or suggestions that you could give me regarding how to train her would be most appreciated!

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there are many techniques....i would say for right now if you have time do a search with some of the keywords like HOUSETRAINING , CRATE etc and read many of the posts on these subjects. Or at least i did and still do at times. as they are very helpful since there are some who have doodles over a year old , another group with 5 to 8mo olds and now even more new people with tiny baby doodles. This forum has grown so large and has great people on it. However i know some days i can't keep up with all the posts hahahhahahaa

nice to meet you!!!
on crates: we do NOT buy one too big for baby doodles and upgrade as they grow.

housetraining even though i walked mine every half hour for weeks on end i didn't get mine housetrained right away like others have.
pupppies should sleep /nap alot in the beginning and putting the crate in your bedroom at night seems to help.
 

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Hello! Hoopgirl40! :D

Here is one thread from this forum
you might want to read through...
there are many others..........forgive the rabbit trailing
we do at times....
we usually get back to the subject, I think! :lol:

http://labradoodle-dogs.net/forums/abou ... setraining

Doing a further search will help you with lots of ideas. :wink:

It is a challenge, but they get it~ if you are consistent.....
Coco is 8 months now.
She hasn't had an accident in 3-4 months now!

Good luck!!
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Welcome!

Before we brought our puppy home I read "How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days" by Shirlee Kalstone. It is a very informative, quick read and I really got a lot out of it. It covers a lot of different situations and worked well for us.

Heather
 

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Welcome!! Can't wait to see pics of your baby! You will, and have already, gotten great advice on this site. When your pup is old enough, after all puppy shots, I would recommend formal training--it really helps. I went to Petsmart, but there are also many private trainers available.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum! You will find that doodles become housetrained fairly quickly. We took Boyd out every 1/2 hour and praised the heck out of him when he peed/pooped outside.

I took a week off when we first got him and left him for lengthy periods of time to get him used to his crate/excercise pen area. My husband and I both work so we had to get him used to it very quickly.

We did not use pee pads in the house but some people do. We didn't want Boyd to think it was acceptable at all to pee inside that's why we didn't use them.

Yes, we had accidents in the beginning but he picked up housetraining very quickly.
 

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welcome :)

I use the large crates immediately and have had great success. of course if you already have two then by all means start with the smaller.

consistency is the key, there are many graet resources including your breeder that will have great advice.

remember everytime they wake up they need to go and everytime they eat they need to go. you will have to be watchful for their little signs. they try to clue you in but sometimes if you are not paying attention they will make a mistake. a lot of good breeders begin the potty training for you so its not as difficult once the puppy arrives to your home :)
 

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Welcome to Doodleland
Consistency as always works best.
Denver was very easy to potty train but we took him out every
half hour or so.
We used the largest crate you can buy from the beginning
and had no problem. We just stuffed it with big sleeping pillows
til he got bigger. He never soiled his crate
 

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Hi there and welcome!!

When I first brought Dan home we got on a schedule immediately: 2 hours in the crate, water, pee ("business"), play 30 - 40 minutes, repeat. When he was peeing, I would repeat the word "business" in a low voice, and when he was done praise like crazy ("GOOD BUSINESS!!"). It only took a few days for him to start going on command ("Do your business") and he only had a few accidents in the house, which were always due to me not noticing he had wandered off.

It can be tough to crate your puppy at first, but I just told myself it was for the best, and did my best to ignore Dan's cries. I wouldn't even look at him if he was barking / crying. If you put the crate in a high-traffic area in the house, your baby should be fine. As long as they can see what's going on, they feel safe. And also remember that puppies are just like babies in that they need a lot of sleep, so don't think that 2 hours is too long to be in there. I just made sure to give Dan water as he was coming out of the crate (I actually held the bowl for him right there) before I told him to do his business, and then I would kind of cut off the water before he went back in so he wouldn't have to go again. It wasn't always easy, but it really paid off in a crate-loving, house-trained pup. Good luck!! :D
 
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