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How to Potty Train a Maltipoo: 12 Vet-Approved Tips

Written by: Jordyn Alger

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Potty Train a Maltipoo: 12 Vet-Approved Tips

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The potty training can begin as soon as you bring your Maltipoo puppy home for the first time. This is usually around the ages of 8 to 12 weeks old. Fully potty training a puppy takes a lot of time and patience, as most dogs will not be fully house trained until 3–6 months after training begins.

While you are potty training your Maltipoo, it is essential to know his limits. Generally speaking, a 3-month-old puppy can hold his bladder for a maximum of 3 hours, a 4-month-old can hold it for 4 hours, and so on. 8 hours is the maximum that any dog, potty trained or not, should be expected to hold their bladder. Most puppies will have bowel movements around 20 minutes after a meal.

Are Maltipoos easy to train? Potty training isn’t easy, and the same is true with Maltipoos, so we’ve gathered some helpful tips and tricks for you to examine. To learn how to best potty train your Maltipoo, keep reading below.

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How to Potty Train a Maltipoo

1. Know When to Take Your Maltipoo Outside

When your Maltipoo first wakes up in the morning and 20 minutes before he goes to bed are two critical times to let him out. This should help prevent most overnight accidents.

If your dog has been confined for any reason, such as sitting in his crate or staying in a playpen, he should be taken outside immediately afterward. Likewise, anytime your Maltipoo signals that he needs to go, you should let him out. Signs that he’s ready for a bathroom break include pacing in circles, behaving skittishly, and barking.

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2. Choose a Bathroom Spot

Your Maltipoo will need a special bathroom spot. This will help him learn that this location is where it is okay to go potty, and other areas (such as indoors) are not.

When deciding on a spot, consider how accessible it is. For instance, will piled-up snow during the winter prevent him from using his normal spot? This site should also be close to your home and only be used as your Maltipoo’s potty area, nothing else.


3. Keep Your Maltipoo on a Leash

He should be on a leash whenever you take your Maltipoo out for a potty break. The leash will show him that it is time to try and potty, not wander around and play.

While your puppy is on a leash, walk him to the bathroom area. Stand directly in the center of it so that he can roam the potty area and choose where he wants to go.

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4. Have Patience

As tempting as it may be to take your dog out, wait 2 minutes, and then hurry back inside, wait at least 10 minutes to let your Maltipoo do his business outside. While most puppies do not have the strength to hold their bladders too long, some may be too preoccupied with exploring the area to bother trying to potty. Once your puppy settles down, he will be able to use the bathroom.

It can be challenging to wait for your dog to use the bathroom, especially if it is cold or rainy outside. It is advised that you prepare yourself before your dog’s potty breaks. Dress appropriately, bring your phone or another form of entertainment, and patiently wait.


5. Keep an Eye on Your Maltipoo When Indoors

When you are indoors with your Maltipoo, monitor him closely. He should not be allowed to run loose in the home. Since a puppy’s bladder is relatively less capable of holding in urine, you will need to keep a close eye on him until he learns how to hold his bladder better. Gated play areas are a great way to keep your Maltipoo confined while allowing him enough space to roam.

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6. Offer Plenty of Praise

Maltipoos respond well to positive reinforcement. Whenever your Maltipoo urinates or defecates in the designated area, reward him. This can be praise, pets, or even yummy treats. Be sure to provide rewards consistently and promptly so that your Maltipoo does not get confused about which behavior is being rewarded. If treats are given long after he goes potty, the behavior you want to instill will not be reinforced.


7. Avoid Scolding Your Maltipoo for Accidents

Maltipoos are sensitive dogs. They do not respond well to harsh words, yelling, or punishments. Puppies should not be scolded for going to the bathroom inside. Urinating or defecating inside is entirely accidental and is a primary function of the body. If you punish your Maltipoo for going indoors, he may not associate the feces you find on the floor with his act of doing anything wrong, and it may have no effect on the undesirable behavior you are looking to change.

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8. Provide Opportunities to Potty Before and After Walks

Whenever you take your Maltipoo on a walk, visit his potty place first. Allow him to go and wait for a full 10 minutes if needed. If your Maltipoo does not need to go, take a walk with your pup.

When you return, go to the potty spot again and wait at least 10 minutes. While many dogs may use the bathroom in the middle of the walk, it is best to try and redirect your dog to one spot to help reinforce that there is a specific location he should use to go to the bathroom.


9. Know the Difference Between Bathroom Needs and Barking for Attention

Maltipoos are prone to barking often. This can make potty training difficult because excessive barking can also signify that your dog needs to use the bathroom. Therefore, learning other signs of a needed bathroom break are essential (such as whining, pacing, etc.).

Often, puppies will bark at night to get your attention. If you wake up and take him outside every time he barks, you may accidentally teach him that barking is the answer to getting attention from you. The sooner you learn the difference between a bark for attention and a bark for a bathroom break, the better.

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10. Keep Your Maltipoo Enclosed in One Area While You’re Away

If you must be away for long periods of the day, keep your Maltipoo enclosed in a specific area. This will give him enough room to play, sleep, and eat, but it will also limit any bathroom accidents to the space you have set for him.

You can try to place down some pee pads, but he may not always use them. It will be difficult for him to understand the purpose of the pads, so don’t expect him to use them consistently.


11. Keep Any Excitement Outdoors

While your Maltipoo is young, it is vital to keep playtime outdoors. Very young puppies have a harder time controlling their bladder, so when there are moments of excitement, they may have a potty accident. Any strong emotion, whether joy or stress, may cause him to urinate.

This is a phase that will pass as he gets older. But in the meantime, try to keep playtime outside. Likewise, take your puppy to his potty spot before any playtime. Young puppies should not be picked up, as the excitement of being picked up may cause them to have an accident.

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12. Gradually Extend Time Between Potty Breaks

As your Maltipoo grows older, he will gain more control over his bladder and bowel movements. Gradually increase the amount of time between bathroom breaks so that he can start experiencing longer periods without going potty. This will encourage him to try holding his bladder for longer timeframes, meaning that you won’t have to take him out as often.

How to Clean Up Accidents

Accidents are bound to happen even if you follow all of these tips to the letter. Your little puppy is still learning, after all, and it will take time and patience. In the meantime, you will undoubtedly have a mess or two to clean up. The best way to clean any mess is to be prompt and prepared.

Urine

If the urine is fresh, you should place a thick layer of newspaper over the spot. This will help soak up the urine. You can stand on the newspaper to help speed up the process, but it isn’t necessary. Once the urine is soaked up, use cool water to rinse the area and then blot it with a towel. Next, apply an enzymatic cleaner and follow the instructions to remove the stain.

If you just returned home to a dried urine spot, you may find it a little harder to remove. Thankfully, there are some options for you. Rinse the spot with water and use a wet-dry vacuum to clean it up. If you do not have a wet-dry vacuum, use towels.

It would be best if you did not use a steam cleaner because the heat will permanently lock the odor and stain into the floor. Next, use an enzymatic cleanser to remove the stain and odor. If you prefer a cheaper solution, follow the previous steps for removing urine, and then spread baking soda over the spot and let it sit overnight. After 8 hours, vacuum the site thoroughly. Hopefully, this will remove the odor.

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Poop

For poop, scoop whatever solids you can and toss them in a plastic bag. For anything left behind, a mixture of white vinegar and water may help to clean the area. Ideally, this mixture will prevent the stain from turning darker and remove the odor. Once the mess is cleaned up, use a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide to remove any stains. You can also use enzymatic products to remove poop stains.

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Conclusion

Potty training a Maltipoo can be a stressful time for your new puppy. Thankfully, Maltipoos are intelligent and eager to please, so training them is not too challenging. The most important tip to remember is that your puppy is doing his best to learn. Remember to be patient and enjoy the cute puppy moments. They will be over before you know it!


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