Potty training your puppy is one of the first obstacles people think of when there puppy comes home.
Some puppies pick it up really quickly while others just need more time.
The absolute easiest way to potty train your Cavapoo puppy is to always be in control of where they are and what they are doing.
This way you will quickly learn the signs of when your puppy needs to go and you can then take them outside before they do it inside the house.
By doing this you will also have the added benefit of bonding with them.
If they start to circle, are restless or sniff the ground then that is a sure sign that they need to go potty. Rush them outside!
Secondly, I would definitely invest in a crate.
Dogs are den animals and as such they will see their crate as their home and place of safety with the added bonus of you knowing exactly where they are.
Always take them outside to potty before confining them.
I crate trained my dogs and it was the best thing that I did. He saw the crate as his den and would wait for me to close the door at night so that he could go to sleep. I think that he saw it as his safe place. I did have the crate in my bedroom which helped.
Below is a very basic schedule that you can try with your Cavapoo. As each puppy has its own unique personality, you will need to adjust this to suit yourself and their needs.
- Avoid getting her excited by greeting her enthusiastically first thing in the morning, it only makes it harder for them to keep it in.
- Every times she wakes from a nap rush her outside as her first reaction will be to pee.
- During and after play - puppies get so excited, they need to go even if they do not know it yet.
- 5-30 minutes after eating - you’ll soon know if it’s 5 or 30 minutes, but until then, start with bringing them outside 5 minutes after eating and be patient.
- If nothing of the above mentioned happens, take puppy out every 45-60 minutes to give them the opportunity to relieve themselves
- Always go to the same area. The scent will make them want to go and they’ll eventually know that this is the place where they relieve themselves.
- As the last thing you do before going to bed; remember to be patient here as well, even though you just want to go to bed.
- When she needs to potty in the middle of the night, keep it silent and quick - she might think it’s time to play after having relieved themselves, but you must show her that it is not by being silent and returning her to her bed immediately afterwards.
- Encourage them to go by using the same phrase every time – go wee, go potty. They will soon associate those words with relieving themselves.
- Praise, praise and more praise when they do relieve themselves outside. Do not be too loud or over the top. They will know by the tone of your voice that you are happy with them. Use the words – good boy, good girl to show them that they did the right thing.
- Do not start to praise them while they are still busy relieving themselves. You might cause them to stop in mid pee which is not good. Only praise them straight after they have finished.
- Do not get discouraged – accidents will happen, especially in the beginning. Just be persistent and the results will come.
Very Important - Do not leave them alone outside. Firstly, you need to see that they have relieved themselves and secondly, we live in a world where puppies are regularly stolen to be resold. It is just not worth the risk.
The other threat can come from predators like eagles, foxes, coyotes, etc. Cavapoo puppies are so small and can easily be seen as food.