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How to Potty train, House train a Maltipoo
House breaking or Potty training a Maltipoo puppy
There are 2 basic rules
Don't punish your puppy If you don't catch your puppy having an accident
inside the house.
Praise your puppy when he/she does it right.
Methods of house training
A) Scented pads or under pads for puppies
B) Regular Underpads for elder people
If you will be using papers or regular underpads, you must buy the scent
spray from a pet store. To abbreviate we will refer to Pads only.
You can put down underpads and encourage them to use these areas for going to
the bathroom. The pads are scented with a chemical that attracts the puppy to
use them. Whenever you see them starting into their "pre-potty pattern," such as
walking around and sniffing the floor, you gently pick them up without talking
and carry them over to the papers/pad and then praise them when they go to the
When using the papers/underpads consistently, the papers are either moved closer
to the door and/or another set is placed outside. The transition is made from
concentrating the toilet habits to one spot inside the home to one spot outside
the home. Finally, the papers inside are eliminated. The only problem with this
method is that for a period of time it encourages the animal to eliminate inside
the home. In our experience, house training may take longer when this method is
Puppy in cage Crate Training: The second popular method of house training
involves the use of a crate or cage. The often-stated reasoning is that the
animal is placed in a cage that is just large enough to be a bed. Dogs do not
like to soil their beds because they would be forced to lay in the mess. It
works, and while in these confines, most pups will control their bladder and
bowels for a longer time than we would expect. Young puppies, at 8 or 9 weeks of
age can often last for 7 or 8 hours, however, we would never recommend leaving
them unattended in a crate for that long in most circumstances.
During housebreaking, whenever the puppy is inside the home but cannot be
watched, he is placed in the crate. This might be while you are cooking, reading
to the children, or even away from the home. The last thing you do before you
put the puppy in the crate is take him outside to his favorite spot. The first
thing you do when you take the animal out of the crate is another trip outside.
No food or water goes in the crate, just a blanket and maybe a chew toy to
occupy his time. Overnight is definitely crate time. As your faith in the puppy
grows, leave him out for longer and longer periods of time.
Most people do not recognize an important advantage of crate training. It does
more than just stop the animal from messing in the house. It also teaches the
puppy something very important. The puppy learns that when the urge to urinate
or defecate occurs, he can hold it. Just because the pup feels like he needs to
relieve himself, the pup learns that he does not have to. This is thought to be
the main reason why puppies that have gone through crate training have fewer
mistakes later on.
Make sure you buy the right size cage. You want one that has the floor space
that provides just enough for the puppy to lie down. But cages are useful
throughout a dog's life and it would be nice if you did not have to keep buying
more as he grows. That is not necessary. Simply purchase a cage that will be big
enough for him as an adult, but choose a model that comes with or has a divider
panel as an accessory. With these, you can adjust the position of the panel so
that the space inside the cage available to the pet can grow as he does.
Using too large of a crate can often cause long term problems. The puppy will go
to one corner of the cage and urinate or defecate. After a while, he will then
run through it tracking it all over the cage. If this is allowed to continue,
the instincts about not soiling his bed or lying in the mess will be forgotten
and the puppy will soon be doing it every day when placed in the crate. Now a
house training method has turned into a behavioral problem as the puppy’s
newly-formed hygienic habits becomes his way of life.
Constant Supervision: The last method involves no papers, pads, or crates.
Rather, you chose to spend all the time necessary with the puppy. This works
very well for people who live and work in their homes, retired persons, or in
situations where the owners are always with the animal. Whenever they see the
puppy doing his "pre-potty pattern" they hustle him outside. It is important
that the dog is watched at all times and that no mistakes are allowed to occur.
This method has less room for error, as there is nothing like a cage to restrict
the animal's urges, nor is there a place for him to relieve himself such as on
the papers or pad. When he is taken outside, watch the puppy closely and as soon
as all goes as planned, he should be praised and then brought back inside
immediately. You want the dog to understand that the purpose for going outside
was to go to the bathroom. Do not start playing, make it a trip for a reason.
Verbal communications help this method and we will discuss them soon. For those
with the time, this is a good method. We still recommend having a crate
available as a backup when the owners have to be away from the animal.
Specific verbal communications will also help the two of you understand what is
desired. It is an excellent idea to always use a word when it is time to head to
the bathroom. We like "Outside?" Remember that whenever you use a verbal command
or signal, it is important that everybody in the family always uses the same
word in the same way. Think of the word "Outside" in this situation not only as
a question you are asking the pup, but also as an indication that you want to go
there. Some dogs may get into the habit of going to the door when they want to
go outside. This is great when it happens but it is not as common as some
believe. We have found that it is better to use verbal commands to initiate this
sort of activity rather than waiting for the puppy to learn this behavior on his
own. It seems like your consistent use of a word or phrase like "Outside" will
cause the puppy to come to you rather than the door when he needs to go outside.
The pup quickly sees you as part of the overall activity of getting to where he
needs to go. We believe this is much better.
Once outside, we try to encourage the pup to get on with the act in question. We
use the phrase "Do your numbers." This is probably a holdover from our own
parenthood and hearing children use the "Number 1" or "Number 2" phrases. Others
use 'Do It,' 'Potty,' or 'Hurry Up.' As soon as they eliminate, it is very
important to praise them with a "Good Dog" and then come back inside
immediately. Again, make this trip that started outside with a specific word
"Outside" be for a purpose. If we are taking the pup out to play with a ball or
go for a walk we will not use this word even if we know they will eliminate
while we are outside.
When an 'accident' happens
One of the key issues in housebreaking is to follow Rule Number One: If you do
not catch your puppy doing it, then do not punish him for it! We do not care
what someone else may tell you or what you read, if you find a mess that was
left when you were not there, clean it up and forget it.
Discipline will not help because unless you catch the puppy in the act, he will
have no idea what the scolding is for. Your puppy has urinated and defecated
hundreds of times before he met you. Mom or the breeder always cleaned it up.
Nobody made a fuss before and the pup will not put the punishment, regardless of
its form, together with something he has done without incident numerous times
before. Especially if he did it more than 30 seconds ago! Puppies are just like
our children. Unless something was really fun (and a repetitious act like going
to the bathroom is not), they are not thinking about what they did in the past.
They are thinking about what they can do in the future. At this point in his
life a puppy's memory is very, very poor.
Anyway, let us face it. It was your fault, not the pup's. If you had been
watching, you would have noticed the puppy suddenly walking or running around in
circles with his nose down smelling for the perfect spot to go to the bathroom.
It is just as consistent as the taxi cab driver behind you honking immediately
when the light changes. The puppy will show the same behavior every time. It may
vary a little from pup to pup but they always show their own "pre-potty pattern"
before the act.
The same should be said as to your first reaction when you actually catch them
in the act of urinating or defecating. It is your fault, you were not watching
for or paying attention to the signals. Do not get mad. Quickly, but calmly pick
them up and without raising your voice sternly say "No." Carry them outside or
to their papers. It will help to push their tail down while you are carrying
them as this will often help them to stop urinating or defecating any more.
They are going to be excited when you get them outside or to the papers, but
stay there with them a while and if they finish the job, reward them with simple
praise like "Good Dog."
House Training Rule Number One: If you don't catch your puppy doing it, then
don't punish him for it!
In the disciplining of dogs, just like in physics, every action has a reaction
and for training purposes these may not be beneficial! If you overreact and
severely scold or scare the heck out of a puppy for making what is in your mind
a mistake, your training is probably going backwards. With house training this
is especially difficult for them to understand as they are carrying out a
natural body function. Carried one step farther is the idea of rubbing a puppy's
nose into a mistake he made, whether you caught him or not. In the limits of a
puppy’s intelligence, please explain to us the difference of rubbing his nose in
his mess he left in your kitchen an hour ago versus the one the neighbor's dog
left in the park two weeks ago. If the dog were smart enough to figure all of
this out, the only logical choice would be to permanently quit going to the
bathroom. Punishment rarely speeds up house training. Often, it makes the dog
nervous or afraid every time it needs to go to the bathroom.
We will give you a perfect example of how this kind of disciplining causes
long-term problems between a dog and his owner. A client makes an appointment to
discuss a housebreaking problem. They are hoping that on physical exam or
through some testing we can find a medical reason for the animal's inability to
successfully make it through housebreaking. They readily admit their frustration
with the dog. The fecal and urine tests reveal no problem. In the examination
room, the pup is showing a lot more interest in the veterinarian than he is in
his owners. The animal's eyes are almost saying, "Please kidnap me from them."
When the owner reaches down to pet the dog on his head, the pup reflexively
closes his eyes and turns his head to the side. The dog reacts as if he were
going to be hit. What this tells us is that the dog has been punished for making
messes in the owners' absence. During this punishment the puppy is not, and we
repeat, the puppy is not thinking about what he might have done two hours ago.
He is not thinking that he should not make messes in the house. The animal is
not even thinking about the messes.
The classic line that usually goes with this scenario then comes up "When we get
home we know he has made a mess because he always sulks or runs and hides!" The
dog is not thinking about some mistake he may have made. Rather, the pup has
learned that when the people first get home, for some reason he has yet to
figure out, they are always in a bad mood and he gets punished. The puppy has
decided that maybe he would be better to try to avoid them for awhile so he does
try to hide. In this particular case, discipline, misunderstood by the puppy,
has caused him to fear his owners and this will probably affect their
relationship throughout the life of the dog.
If you want house training to go quickly, regardless of the method you use,
spend as much time as possible with your puppy. In an exam room, one of us once
listened to a client complain about how he had to take some time off from work
for his own mental health and also, but unrelated, how the puppy was not doing
too well in the house training department. For us this statement was just too
good to be true. It was the perfect set-up for our pitch. This gentleman, a
bachelor, truly loved his puppy. We saw them together everywhere. Still, the
problem was that he worked in a downtown office and the pup was home. His work
allowed him to get home frequently but not always on a consistent schedule.
There would be accidents when he was gone and sometimes he was gone longer than
the abilities or the attention span of the puppy.
The solution was easy. We simply suggested his health and the puppy's training
would both do better if he stayed home for a week or so. It worked. Under the
man's watchful eye, he was always there at the time when he was needed and in
less than seven days the ten-week-old puppy was trained. We are not saying there
was never another accident, but they were few and far between. In the end, the
best of all worlds occurred. The man realized his dog could be trusted, and
thereafter, they spent their days together at the man's office.
Feeding and house training
The feeding schedule you use can help or hinder housebreaking. You will soon
notice that puppies will need to go outside soon after they wake and also within
30 to 40 minutes after eating. Be consistent when you feed the animal so you can
predict when they need to relieve themselves. Plan your trips outside around
All of this may seem simple, and it really is. The keys are that it will take
time and you must be consistent. And, of course, you must never lose your temper
or even get excited.
Little puppySpontaneous or submissive urination
Puppies may spontaneously urinate when excited. This may be when they first see
you, at meeting a new dog, or when they are scared. It is often referred to as
submissive or excitement urination. Do not discipline the puppy for this, as it
is something they cannot control. Simply ignore it and clean up the mess. If you
do not overreact, they will usually outgrow this between 4 and 7 months of age.
Your new puppy is home and you have started the house training process. This is
just as much a part of training as the "Come" and "Stay" commands. However,
mistakes that occur with house training can cause more problems between you and
your pet than those encountered with any other form of training. Be patient and