How to Train a Poodle to Pee Outside

How to Train a Poodle to Pee Outside
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Introduction

One of the biggest mistakes many Poodle owners make is thinking that they need to wait until their pooch is a little older before they start working on potty training. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you should start working on potty training before you bring your pup in the house for the first time.

As soon as you let your Poodle out of the car, put him on his leash and take him to the spot on your lawn where you want him to go potty. Be sure to praise him and give him a treat if he does. This will help establish a precedent that will carry on throughout the training. 

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Defining Tasks

Poodles are highly intelligent dogs capable of learning a wide range of tricks and behaviors, but before you try to train your pup some of the more advanced tricks, one of the first things you need to teach your dog, is that it is not okay for him to pee in the house. You do this by teaching your pup to pee outside on a particular spot in the yard. You can start working on this from the moment you pull up in the yard. Before you take your pup in the house, be sure you take him to your chosen spot to go potty. This sets the wheels turning in his mind and prepares him for what is to come.

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Getting Started

The good news is that you won't need much in the way of supplies to train your poodle to pee outside. Of all the supplies you need for this type of training, time and patience are among the most important. Training your pup to pee outside is not something that is going to happen overnight, and you must have the time and patience to see it through.

Supply list:

  • Crate – For training and for your pup when you can't be there.
  • Treats –To reward your pup when he gets things right.
  • Leash –To take him out to his "spot" to go potty.

When training a Poodle, you need to be consistent at all times. This is the best way for your pup to learn to go potty outside. 

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The Choose Your Spot Method

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Start out in your yard

Before you bring your pup home for the first time, you need to go out in your yard and decide what area of your lawn will become your Poodle's personal potty.

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Choose your cue

Choose a cue word both you and your pup will have no trouble remembering. The simpler the better, try "Outside" or "Potty." Now hook your pup up to his leash and give him the cue as you go out the door.

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Lots of praise

When your pup goes pee in his new "bathroom", be sure to praise him and give him a treat. Positive reinforcement works wonders with your pup, whereas negative reinforcement only serves to make things harder.

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Your pup needs a routine

Set a timer for 30 minutes and every time it goes off, take your pup outside, no matter how long it has been since the last time he went out. Along with this, take him out after he eats, drinks a lot, naps, and, of course, first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

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Repeat performance

The rest is all about repeating this process and spending time with your Poodle until he starts letting you know he needs to go out--at which point you have done your job.

The Timed Routine Method

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Buy time

For this, you will need a simple kitchen timer. If you don't have one, you can pick one up for under $10 at your local department store. You will be using this to help remind you when it's time to take your pup out.

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Note

Worth noting is that along with the timed outings, you need to take your pup out first thing in the morning, after naps, meals, extended playtimes, drinking lots of water, and last thing at night.

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Set the timer

At first, you need to set the timer for 30 minutes and each time it goes off, take your pup outside and stay with him until he goes. When your pup pees or poops, be sure to praise them and give them a treat.

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Work the time up

Slowly increase the amount of time between outings until you reach 2 hours. This is long enough for your pup to go between potty breaks until he is an adult or is asleep.

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What if my Poodle doesn't go?

There is always the chance that your pup won't need to go potty every time you take him out. When he doesn't go after being outside for a few minutes, go in and keep a close eye on him. If he gives you any indication he needs to go potty, take him out and praise him when he goes. Don't forget the treat.

The Who's Been Here Method

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Spray time

It starts with a run to the pet store for a bottle potty training spray. This is designed to smell like another animal, giving your pup the desire to mark his territory.

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Mark the spot

Mark a spot on your lawn with the spray, one that your pup can safely use for his private "bathroom."

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Here, smell this

Put your pup on his leash and take him out to the spot previously marked on the lawn. Encourage him to explore the area until he picks up the scent and goes potty. When he does, be sure to praise him and give a treat.

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If your pup is dry

If your pooch hasn't gone potty within 15 minutes, go ahead and take him back inside. Watch closely for any signs of needing to go potty.

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At the first sign

At the first sign, your pup needs to go outside, be sure you take him straight outside and when he goes, praise him and give him a treat.

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And further on

The rest is all up to repeat training and working with your pup until he will let you know it's potty time and you no longer have any messes to clean up.

By PB Getz

Published: 03/22/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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Gracie

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Mini Ausidoodle

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9 Months

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Can hold pee throughout night but during day when inside, pees in house even when I take her out about every hour. Does not like a crate since last owner crated her too much.

July 4, 2022

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Caitlin Crittenden - Dog Trainer

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Hello Beverly, Check out the Tethering method from the article I have linked below for daytime potty training. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If pup is having accidents inside despite peeing outside within the current hour, I would also involve your vet in this conversation to make sure there isn't anything causing incontinence. I am not a vet so consult your vet about anything that could be medically related too. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

July 4, 2022

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Emma

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Poodle

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17 Weeks

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She pee all over the house. I take her outside she don’t do nothing. She bites me.

May 10, 2022

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Caitlin Crittenden - Dog Trainer

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Hello Nayda, Check out the Crate Training method from the article I have linked below, for tips on how to get pup to go potty while out there, but especially what to do when pup doesn't go potty while outside (crate, then take pup back out again 30-45 minutes later). This approach encourages pup to hold their bladder while inside, so they are forced to go potty while outside, then rewarded when they do go potty while outside, so they learn to want to go potty there more often, creating a habit of going potty in the correct location overtime. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

May 11, 2022


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