Are Irish Doodles hard to potty train?

Answered by Edward Huber

Potty training an Irish Doodle can be a challenging and time-consuming process. From my personal experience, it can be quite frustrating at times. Irish Doodles are known for their intelligence and stubbornness, which can make potty training a bit more difficult compared to other breeds.

One method that has been effective for many Irish Doodle owners is using the Puppy Apartment. This is a specially designed one-bedroom, one-bathroom home that helps train your Irish Doodle to always go potty in their designated indoor doggie bathroom. The Puppy Apartment comes with a designated potty area, which is fitted with artificial grass or pee pads, making it easy for your dog to learn where to go.

The key to successful potty training with the Puppy Apartment is consistency. You need to establish a routine and make sure your Irish Doodle is taken to the designated potty area regularly. Initially, you may need to closely supervise your dog and take them to the potty area every hour or so. As they start to understand the concept, you can gradually increase the time between potty breaks.

When accidents happen outside of the designated potty area, it’s important not to scold or punish your Irish Doodle. Instead, calmly clean up the mess and continue with the training process. Positive reinforcement is also crucial in potty training. Whenever your Irish Doodle successfully uses the designated potty area, reward them with praise, treats, or a favorite toy. This will help reinforce the desired behavior.

It’s worth noting that potty training an Irish Doodle may take longer compared to some other breeds. Patience and consistency are key. Some Irish Doodles may catch on quickly, while others may take more time to fully grasp the concept. It’s important to remain patient and not get discouraged during the process.

In addition to using the Puppy Apartment, there are other potty training methods you can try. Crate training, for example, can be effective in teaching your Irish Doodle to hold their bladder. By using a crate that is just big enough for them to turn around and lie down in, you can encourage them to wait until they are taken to the designated potty area.

Another method is the tethering method, where you keep your Irish Doodle on a leash attached to your waist or belt. This way, you can closely monitor their behavior and quickly take them to the potty area when needed.

Potty training an Irish Doodle requires time, patience, and consistency. The Puppy Apartment and other training methods can be helpful tools in the process. Remember to use positive reinforcement, avoid punishment, and be prepared for accidents along the way. With dedication and perseverance, your Irish Doodle will eventually become fully potty trained.