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How to Potty Train A Toy Poodle

Written by Kelvin LowMay 6, 2021

Toy poodles and smaller dogs may prove difficult to train as there have been reports of unsuccessful potty training among them, toy poodles most especially.

However, with a practical and rewarding method, one will bring them to use the potty correctly.

Are toy poodles hard to potty train?

You may wonder if toy poodles are potty trained differently from other dogs due to an unsuccessful trial or a failed attempt. And in the bid to get an answer, you may start to wonder if it is your particular toy poodle that lacks adaptation or if it is a general toy poodle problem. However, if you acquire another toy poodle and the same thing happens, rather than questioning your toy poodle adaptation skills, you should examine your training skills and method of approach.

A big reason why you might be finding it difficult to train your toy poodle is how you purchase them. If you buy a dog while old and unable to use a potty, then potty training will prove problematic as it is already far gone with its lifestyle. It is the responsibility of a dog guardian or breeder to potty train a dog from a very young age, so you should always consider purchasing older dogs from where they potty train them at young ages.

Potty training toy poodles and smaller dogs is more difficult because of the volume they release, which is so tiny. Generally, the method of potty training dogs of all sizes is no different; the only exception when it comes to smaller dogs or toy poodles is that it is tougher to recognize the start and attempt of an excretion because there is a smaller window.

Since potty training only costs realization and rewards, toy poodles will be more challenging to manage because most people are slow in recognizing when they start elimination. For most dogs, this won’t be an issue because they take a considerable amount of time during release, which can be over a minute. Toy poodles and smaller dogs, on the other hand, can finish release in little or no time whatsoever, merely a matter of seconds. If one isn’t paying close attention, one would likely miss the opportunity to induce command and place the dog where it should be.

Thus, paying attention is very crucial in aiding your toy poodles potty training because they have to get used to doing it where they are supposed to, and they will never know if you regularly miss the opportunity to show them.

Common mistakes on potty training

1) Punishing or beating your dog

Punishing or beating your dog for not going outside to potty. When you punish your dog for making an accident inside, you’re only giving it reasons to live in fear, and this is not a helpful nor encouraging factor.

2) Yelling at the dog

Yelling at the dog when he potty’s inside. Your dog might misinterpret your message that says "don’t potty inside" to "don’t potty at all.” It is difficult for a dog to understand what you mean precisely; therefore, when you yell at it for going inside, it could assume that you condemn the act entirely as it can’t understand what you’re mad at exactly. The only thing the dog realizes it is act of defecating or urinating. Therefore rather than following your instructions, your dog will avoid letting you know when it’s releasing, or it will refuse to release where you are. When you catch your dog releasing inside, it’s best to make a sound by coughing, stamping your feet, or dropping a book on the floor to interrupt its action and lead it outside.

3) Failure to Assign Consistent Command

Failure to assign a consistent command for the act of Elimination. Most people don’t have a command word or phrase for telling their dog to go and potty; they just yell and point at the yard. This makes communicating with your dog very difficult.

The best way to build a potty training impact on your toy poodle is to:

  1. Establish a routine.
    You will cater for your dog better on a regular routine. Give them a particular times to eat, play, potty. Generally, animals can control their bladder for some time. However, you shouldn’t go longer than when they can hold it in because accidents can occur.
  2. Take your Toy poodle outside frequently.
    You should take your dog out as frequently as every three or two hours, and after rising from bed, after playing, after eating, and after drinking.
  3. Pick a potty spot outside; always leash your dog, and ensure you take it there.
    You should take it on a leash. Use a specific word or phrase you can continually use to remind it to potty.
  4. Reward your toy poodle every time they potty outside or in the right spot.
    Take them for a longer work or give them a more extended playtime, praise them or give them some treats, remember to this immediately they are done eliminating to understand the cause of the reward. Rewarding your toy poodle or animal for going out to potty is how you can let them know that you appreciate their deed and that it is expected of them. Be sure they are entirely through with releasing before you gift them because they can be carried away by the reward of you present them too early and afterward end up doing the unfinished business indoors.
  5. It’s best to put your toy poodle on a regular feeding schedule.
    If you feed them three times a day consistently; they’ll be consistent with their potty periods
  6. Don’t give your dog water a few hours before bed.
    To reduce the chances of wetting themselves in their sleep.

Final Thoughts

Supervising your puppy is the most significant way to make sure they don’t soil in the house. Thus you should monitor them closely whenever they are indoors.

Leash your dog to a table or furniture when you’re not training or playing with it, and always watch out for signs that it wants to go out. Some signs are apparent, and they may include; circling the floor, squatting, and restlessness. You should take them outside immediately you see these signs. Reward them after their elimination.

About The Author

Kelvin Low

Kelvin Low has more than three years of experience in taking care of pets at home - ranging from dogs, hamsters, to cats and hedgehog. His passion and care towards animals has motivated him to create educational content online to more more pets owners in need.

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